- 40 Nawawi
- Umdatul Ahkaam
- Buloogh al Maram
- After this it can be advised to move on to Nayl al Awtar, the sharh of Muntaqa al Alakhkbar.
- A student should also read books like Riyadh ul Saaliheen, Shamaail Muhammadiyyah and al Adab wal Mufrad.
- Alongside this, one should focus on Bukhari and Muslim a lot.
Then there is Mustala al Hadith, ilm al Rijal and Takhreej al Hadith, each of which require books to be studied.
وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ [الذاريات : 18
And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness.
A scholar mentioned that some would use this ayah to show the merits of seeking forgiveness just before the start of Fajr time until Fajr time actually starts.
A scholar of the past said Al Hasan Al Basri (rh) from the pious people of the past said that it means seeking forgiveness for one’s sins.
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”
[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Try to be from those that take advantage of this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes before Fajr, especially when the nights are long!
And success is from Allah alone!