Translation of Malik's Muwatta, Book 6:
Prayer in Ramadan
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Section: Stimulation of the Desire for Prayer in Ramadan
Book 6, Number 6.1.1:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Urwa ibn az-Zubayr
from A'isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant
him peace, that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant
him peace, prayed in the mosque one night and people prayed behind him.
Then he prayed the next night and there were more people. Then they
gathered on the third or fourth night and the Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, did not come out to them. In the
morning, he said, "I saw what you were doing and the only thing that
prevented me from coming out to you was that I feared that it would
become obligatory (fard) for you." This happened in Ramadan.
Book 6, Number 6.1.2:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Abu Salama ibn
Abd ar-Rahman ibn Awf from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah,
may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to exhort people to watch
the night in prayer in Ramadan but never ordered it definitely. He used
to say, "Whoever watches the night in prayer in Ramadan with trust and
expectancy, will be forgiven all his previous wrong actions."
Ibn Shihab said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, died while that wasstill the custom, and it continued
to be the custom in the khalifate of Abu Bakr and at the beginning of
the khalifate of Umar ibn al-Khattab."
Section: Watching the Night in Prayer
Book 6, Number 6.2.3:
Malik related to me from Ibn Shihab from Urwa ibn az-Zubayr that Abd
ar-Rahman ibn Abd al-Qari said, "I went out with Umar ibn alKhattab
in Ramadan to the mosque and the people there were spread out in groups.
Some men were praying by themselves, whilst others were praying in small
groups. Umar said, 'By Allah! It would be better in my opinion if these
people gathered behind one reciter.' So he gathered them behind Ubayy
ibn Kab. Then I went out with him another night and the people were
praying behind their Qur'an reciter. Umar said, 'How excellent this
new way is, but what you miss while you are asleep is better than what
you watch in prayer.' He meant the end of the night, and people used
to watch the beginning of the night in prayer."
Book 6, Number 6.2.4:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Muhammad ibn Yusuf that as-Sa'ib
ibn Yazid said, "Umar ibn al-Khattab ordered Ubayy ibn Kab and Tamim
ad-Dari to watch the night in prayer with the people for eleven rakas.The
reciterof the Qur'an would recite the Mi'in (a group of medium-sized
suras) until we would be leaning on our staffs from having stood so
long in prayer. And we would not leave until the approach of dawn."
Book 6, Number 6.2.5:
Yahya related to me from Malik that Yazid ibn Ruman said, "The people
used to watch the night in prayer during Ramadan for twenty-three rakas
in the time of Umar ibn al-Khattab."
Book 6, Number 6.2.6:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Da'ud ibn al-Husayn that he heard
al-Araj say, "I never saw the people in Ramadan, but that they were
cursing the disbelievers." He added, "The reciter of Qur'an used to
recite surat al-Baqara in eight rakas and if he did it in twelve rakas
the people would think that he had made it easy."
Book 6, Number 6.2.7:
Yahya related to me from Malik that Abdullah ibn Abi Bakr said, "I
heard my father say, 'We finished praying in Ramadan and the servants
hurried with the food, fearing the approach of dawn.' "
Book 6, Number 6.2.8:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa from his father
that Dhakwan Abu Amr (a slave belonging to A'isha, the wife of the Prophet,
may Allah bless him and grant him peace, who was freed by her after
her death) used tostand in prayer and recite for her in Ramadan.