Going to Sleep in a State of Prostration?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Indeed, Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala selected certain times to be blessed, as opportunities for the slave to put forth his righteous deeds, lest it is discovered on that Day upon the presentation of the weighing scales that the accumulation of evil is greater than good – we ask Allah to protect us from that state. From amongst those times is the blessed month of Ramadan that arrived and departed, however no sooner does one blessed time depart that another one arrives, indeed we speak of the approach of Hajj.
Many from amongst our brothers and sisters will strive to fulfill this obligation and travel to perform the Hajj, to submit and be subservient to their Creator in humbling themselves with their worship during those limited days.
It is regarding this Hajj that we find a tremendous narration from one of the great Salaf us-Salih, Masrooq ibn-ul Ajda’ from the senior tabi’een. It is narrated that Masrooq رحمه الله تعالى performed the Hajj, and during the days of Hajj – which are only a few – he did not sleep except in a state of prostration upon his face until he returned. [Siyar ‘alaam an-Nubalaa: 4/65]
Shaikh ‘Abdullah al-Bukhary حفظه الله تعالى stated regarding this [paraphrased], “…that is because the days of Hajj are very limited and few, and the Salaf us-Salih were keen on utilising every moment in worship and obedience to Allah, hence Masrooq did not wish to waste a single moment and so even slept in a position of prostration to Allah during those few days until he returned from Hajj”.
Certainly the days of Hajj are few and limited, so let them be an opportunity utilised in the best possible manner. Indeed, our brothers and sisters who make the journey and put forth a large financial amount, do not do so for the purpose of wasting the several days available in the land of Tawheed, make the limited days a cause for goodness and follow the example of the Salaf us-Salih in their desire for worship and obedience, and do not allow them to become filled with idle speech and relaxation…may Allah give us all success.