A Second Chance

Umar bin Al-Khattab (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Should anyone fall asleep at night and fail to recite his portion of the Qur’an, or a part of it, if he recites it between the Fajr prayer and the Zuhr prayer, it will be recorded for him as though he had recited it during the night.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

The word Hizb originally means to take one’s turn for getting water from a well. Subsequently, people started using it for daily round of recitation which one adopts on his own voluntarily. For instance, fixing a number of Nawafil (voluntary prayers), recital of a certain portion of the Noble Qur’an or performance of some other noble deed as one’s daily routine. This Hadith stresses that one must adhere to such routine. It also tells that if for some reason one is unable to do it at the time fixed by him, he can do it later at the time closest to the one he has fixed for it. If one does so, he will be eligible to its full reward.

And Allah Knows Best!

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