Delaying the Isha Prayer


What is the ruling on delaying the Isha prayer until a late hour?


It is better for the Isha prayer to be delayed to its later time. The more it is delayed, the better, unless it be for a man because if a man delays it, he misses the congregational prayer, and it is not permissible for him to delay it and miss the congregational prayer. As for the women in their houses, the more they delay the Isha prayer, the better it is for them, but they should not delay it past midnight.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 239

sisters, these are below the explanation why do delaying the Isha prayer is better.

from Reyadus Saliheen, CHAPTER 334
1746. Abu Barzah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) disliked going to bed before the `Isha’ (night) prayer and indulging in conversation after it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
**Commentary: The prohibition of going to bed before `Isha’ prayer is that if one sleeps late at night, it becomes difficult for him to get up for Tahajjud prayer or Fajr prayer. Moreover, if a person goes to sleep soon after `Isha’ prayer, all his activities of the day will end at `Isha’, which is the most meritorious act. It should also be borne in mind that when holding a conversation which is disliked or forbidden at other times becomes even more so at this particular time (i.e., after `Isha’ prayer). Imam An-Nawawi’s contention that things like academic discussion, talking to a guest, discussing the lives of the pious etc., are not only permissible but desirable, is also subject to the condition that such an activity does not involve the risk of losing the Fajr prayer. If one spends so much time in such activities that he is likely to miss the Fajr prayer, then the permission to hold academic discussion becomes doubtful.
1747. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: Once, towards the end of his life, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) concluded the `Isha’ (night) prayer and said, “After one hundred years from tonight none of the people on the surface of the earth will survive.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
**Commentary: The Prophet (PBUH) had made a prophecy that none of the people who were alive on that night would live beyond the end of the century. `None of the people on the surface of the earth will survive’ has been interpreted as “those who had seen him and known him would not stay alive after a hundred years of his death from that night. This was true, for the last Companion of the Prophet, Abu Tufail Amir bin Wa’ilah, died in 110 A.H., i.e., exactly one hundred years after the Prophet’s prophecy.
1748. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Once the Prophet (PBUH) delayed the `Isha’ (night) prayer till midnight. He (PBUH) turned to us after the prayer and said, “All the people slept after offering their prayers, but you who waited, will be accounted as if you were engaged in your prayer throughout the period.”
**Commentary: We learn the following three points from this Hadith: First: `Isha’ prayer can be deferred till midnight.
Second: It is permissible to keep awake for it to offer it in congregation. It is also permissible to engage in a beneficial activity after `Isha’ prayer involving such important matters as acquiring teaching knowledge or even spending time with one’s wife or guest.
Third: The period spent in waiting will be treated as time spent in Salat and its reward will also be greater in similar proportions.

Muslim women

Muslim women are not like non-believing women and should act as Islamic models for all who may see. women are not restricted from moving about the community, working or visiting if they are properly covered and if necessary, escorted, but a women’s base should be her home. this general instruction applies until the last day and Islam can not be manipulated suit individual whims or desires: it is here for us to sumbit to.

in other to live an Islamic life, we have to be willing to completely submit to the injunctions ordained by Allah. Allah knows what is best for us, and He would not command us to other than good. He has given women authority over their husband’s households and fitted their nature to the task. He has also instructed women not to follow un-Islamic life-style and customs. He said to the wives of the Prophet (Pbuh):

Quran surah Al-Ahzab : 32-33

O wives of the Prophet, you are not like anyone among women. If you fear Allah , then do not be soft in speech [to men], lest he in whose heart is disease should covet, but speak with appropriate speech. (32)

And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance. And establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet’s] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification.(33)


consider whom you befriend

The different types of friends and which one to choose
Firstly: The one who befriends you for some worldly interest.
He is the one who befriends you for as long as he can benefit from you by way of money, status or other than that. As soon as that benefit ceases he turns into your enemy and he doesn’t know you any longer and nor do you know him. How numerous are the people of this category! And how numerous are those who complain when it comes to gaining some worldly benefit!
Allah says : “And of them are some who accuse you (O Muhammad ) in the matter of (the distribution of) the alms. If they are given part thereof, they are pleased, but if they are not given thereof, behold! They are enraged!” [Surah At-Taubah 9:58]
You think that he’s your close friend and from the most beloved people to you and that you are from the most beloved people to him, but when he asks you one day and says: “Lend me your book so that I may read through it!” and you say to him: “By Allah, I need the book today but I’ll give it to you tomorrow.” he suddenly becomes arrogant and hostile towards you. Is this a (real) friend?! This is the one who only befriends you for some worldly gain.
Secondly: The fun friend.
He only befriends you because he enjoys sitting, having conversations, socializing and staying up until late at night to have a chat with you, but he does not benefit you and nor do you benefit from him. Each one of you does not benefit the other. It is nothing else but time wasting. You similarly have to watch out when it comes to this category in order for him not to waste your precious time.
Thirdly: The good and virtuous friend.
He inspires you to do good and forbids you from doing evil. He opens up for you the doors of good and guides you towards them. And if you do a mistake he admonishes you without that you have to feel embarrassed. He is the good and virtuous friend.”
(Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy upon him)

The Prophet ﷺ once said, “People follow the religion of their friends, so everyone should consider whom they befriend.” (Muslim)

“close friends, that day, will enemies to each other, except for the righteous” (quran surah Az-Zukhruf : 67)

so, dear Muslimah choose your friend carefully because your friend can be your way to Jannah, in sya Allah ^_^