Are the circles of knowledge that are conducted after the Ishaa prayer considered from The Night Prayer?

By Imaam AbdulAzeez Ibn Baaz

-rahimahulaah-



The Question: Are the circles of knowledge that are conducted after
the Ishaa prayer considered The Night prayer?




The Answer: The circles of knowledge after Ishaa are considered a good act and an act of obedience, but does not suffice one from praying the night prayer, but it is better than the night prayer, seeking knowledge is better than the night prayer. The account of one seeking
knowledge even if the night prayer escapes him is better than praying the night prayer while remaining upon ignorance. The affair of the circles of knowledge is one that is great, and its benefits are vast, the rest of the voluntary acts do not equal it (i.e. seeking knowledge), but if it’s possible for the person to combine between the two acts, that he attends the circles of knowledge or whatever is easy from this, and that he stands at night for prayer that which easy for him, even if its only three rak’aat or five rak’aat, then this is
better, combining between two advantages, like the Prophet-may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon him-used to do and also like the companions-may Allah be pleased with them- used to do.





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(Translation Abu Shu’ayb)