As the days and nights of Ramadan are running quickly, it is smart of a believer to try every possible way to maximize his/her gains in the blessed month.
Qiyam-ul-Layl or optional night prayer is one of the best ways to achieve this goal. the merits of this special worship are numerous. It is praised in various Quranic verses and hadiths. And the nights of Ramadan is an ideal opportunity to develop the habit of observing Qiyam-ul-Layl.
Following are 15hadiths that shows the significance of this special type of worship and the prophet's (peace and blessings be upon him) example and guidance regarding it;
The Prophet's Example
1. `A’ishah, the Prophet's wife (may Allah be pleased with her) reported:
When the Prophet (peace
and blessings be upon him) prayed (the optional night prayers: Qiyam-ul-Layl),
he would stand until (the skin of) his feet swelled. So, I said:
"O Prophet of Allah, do you do as such while Allah has forgiven you all mistakes?"
He responded: "Should not I be a grateful servant of Allah?" (Muslim)
2. `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I prayed one night with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and he kept standing until I thought of doing something bad."
`Abdullah was asked, "What was that?"
He said: "I thought of sitting down and leaving him." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
3. Hudhaifah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I prayed with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) one night and he started reciting [surat] Al-Baqarah. I thought that he would bow at the end of one hundred verses, but he proceeded on; so I thought that he would perhaps recite the whole surah in a rak`ah. He continued reciting and I had the belief that he would bow on completing the Surah. However, he went on and started [surat] An-Nisaa' and recited it all. Then he started [surat] Aal `Imran and recited it.
He recited leisurely: when he reached a verse which referred to the Glory of Allah, he glorified Allah; when he recited a verse that includes a supplication, he would supplicate Allah; and when he came across a verse related toisti`adha (seeking Allah's protection), he asked Allah for protection...