Ibn ‘Abbas reports that he once stayed the night as a guest
of Maymuna, who was his aunt, and the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). They slept on their blanket lengthways, and he slept
at the end, crossways. After they had all slept for a while, the Prophet rose in the middle of the night to pray the tahajjud
prayer, and Ibn ‘Abbas joined him.
They both did wudhu, and he prayed eleven rak'ats with the Prophet (salAllahu
alayhi wasalam). Then they both went back to sleep again until dawn. Bilal called the adh‚n and the Prophet did another two
short rak’ats, before going into the mosque to lead the Dawn Prayer.
Ibn ‘Abbas said that one of the
du'as that the Prophet made during this night was:
"O Allah, place light in my heart, light in my
tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light behind me, light in front of me, light on my right, light on my left,
light above me and light below me; place light in my sinew, in my flesh, in my blood, in my hair and in my skin; place light
in my soul and make light abundant for me; make me light and grant me light."
اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي
نُورًا , وَفِي سَمْعِي
نُورًا , وَفِي بَصَرِي
نُورًا , وَعَنْ يَمِينِي
نُورًا , وَعَنْ شِمَالِي
نُورًا , وَأَمَامِي نُورًا
, وَخَلْفِي نُورًا , وَفَوْقِي
نُورًا , وَتَحْتِي نُورًا
, وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُورًا
( أَوْ قَالَ : وَاجْعَلْنِي
fi qalbi nuura, wa-fi basari nuura, wa-fi samee nuura, wa-ay-yameeni nuura, wa-ay-yasaari nuura, wa-fawqi nuura, wa-tahti
nuura, wa-amaami nuura, wakhalfi nuura, wa fawqi nuura, wa tahti nuura, wa'jal li nuuraa
This hadith was transmitted
by Bukhari and Muslim.