The favors of Allah upon His slaves cannot be enumerated. Among the favors is that He created sleep, and He created the night so that we may rest in it.
“And We have made your sleep as a thing for rest; and We have made the night as a covering (through its darkness).” (Qur’an, 78:9-10)
Allah created this time for people to unwind, calm down and rest in, and this is from out of His mercy. Allah says:
“It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein (i.e. during the night) and that you may seek of His bounty (i.e. during the day) – and in order that you may be grateful.” (Qur’an, 28:73)
In the past, people would be shedding tears in their night prayers, praying, making Du’a or reciting the Qur’an at nights. Our Salaf, may Allah have mercy upon them, would view the nights as the best means to Paradise.
However, the Muslims of today take their nights as a means of entertainment and frivolity. Satan dispatches his followers and spreads his evil ideas, and this has led to late nights being a source of immorality, corrupt behavior, and a path that leads to one’s destruction, as well as a period in which the evilest of prohibited television programs are broadcast.
All of these evils are a direct result of the Muslim nation accepting foreign lifestyles. Muslims are accepting ideologies that promote a lifestyle which is by its nature far removed from the religion of Allah and rebellious against all spiritual morals. It encourages the following of one’s lusts and desires, just as animals do.
During vacations and holidays, staying up late at nights becomes a serious problem. Most people forego sleep and all other important activities to immerse themselves in wrongdoing and sinful acts. They seem to forget that the days of summer are temporary and that these days and nights will soon come to an end.
Successful are those who ponder upon the heat of summer and think thereby about the Hereafter and the Hellfire. Such remembrance would stop people from spending their nights in sin and wasting time indulging in prohibitions, immorality and corruption, all of which destroys families and the next generation. Good news is for the slaves who restrain from straying away, and spend their time beneficially in activities such as attending Qur’an circles, lectures, courses, and in development of mental abilities, and Halaal entertainment.
Staying up till the last hours of night and resisting sleep when the body is in desperate need of it results in serious health problems.