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 Crack of Dawn

When is the “crack of dawn”? What is the importance of “dawn” in Islam?


Crack of dawn is the last one sixth period of the night. In other words, it is the last one sixth of the period since the sunset until imsaq. It is the period that is approximately one and a half hour or two hours before imsaq.

While Allah (swt) praises the righteous people in the Quran, He (swt) states:

“They used to sleep but little of the night,
And ere the dawning of each day would seek forgiveness.” (Surat-u Zariyat, 17-18)

Besides, the importance of “dawn” is expressed in hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) some of which are below;

“Whoever fears that he will not wake up in the later part of the night, then let him perform Witr in the first part of it and whoever expects to wake up in the later part of the night, let him pray it then. Indeed, the prayer of the night is witnessed (by the angels), and that is better.” (Muslim)

The time that supplications are most acceptable

Abu Umamah (ra) reported that the Prophet (pbuh) was once asked:
“When are the supplications most acceptable?” He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) replied: “In the last depth of the night and at the end of the prescribed prayers.” (Tirmidhi)
“Any dua made at the time of dawn and after the prayers (salah), will be accepted.” (Tirmidhi)
“When only one third of the night has remained, Our Lord says: “Who will invoke Me, so that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

The closest time to Allah (swt)

“The closest that a servant is to his Lord, is in the last part of the night. If you can be among those who remember Allah at that hour then do so.” (Tirmidhi)

Mercy of Allah (swt)

“May Allah have mercy on a man who wakes up at night, prays and wakes his wife to pray; and if she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face. And may Allah have mercy on a woman who wakes up at night, prays, and wakes her husband to pray and if he refuses, she sprinkles water on his face.” (Abu Dawud) Kaynak: http://askaquestionto.us - Crack of Dawn

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