2. Nawafil prayers (superogatory prayers)
Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
….and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil(voluntary deeds) until I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with whichhe hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which hegrips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection, I will protect him..."
[Bukhari]A Source of Elevation for youThe Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Ask (anything)."Rabi'ahsaid:"I ask of you to be your companion in paradise."The Prophet said: “Anything else?"Rabi'ah said:"That is it."The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi
wasallam) said to him:"Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e.,supererogatory prayers)."
[Muslim]Praying Tahajjud to get closer to AllahAllah Most High said,
“Establish worship at the going down of the sun until thedark of the night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) theQur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for itsrecital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to apraised estate.”
[Qur’an, 17: 78-79]
Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions)said,
“The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.”
[Muslim]Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that theMessenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, andcompanions) said,
“Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of therighteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation forwrong deeds, and a shield from sin.”
[Tirmidhi, and others]
In somenarrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.” And because night vigil time is the best of times for voluntary worship andprayer, and the closest a servant is to his Lord.So let us make the habit of reading as many Nawafil prayers as we can for moreprayers means more prostrations and one is truly the closest to Allah inprostration.