Concepts and Actions about The Night in The Qur'an

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CUMHURIYET ILAHIYAT DERGISI-CUMHURIYET THEOLOGY JOURNAL, vol.24, no.1, pp.141-165, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.18505/cuid.700816
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, ATLA Religion Database, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-165
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


In the Qur'an, the night which encompass half of human life, is expressed by various concepts. From sunset to sunrise (night), various moments of the time frame are also named with different words and concepts. On the other hand, besides sleep and rest, some worship and actions that are asked to be done at night are also mentioned in the Qur'anic verses. Also sleep at night and the night itself is mentioned as a proof of Allah and an important blessing for us. When we say "night", people first think of sleep and rest. However, as it is understood from the Qur'anic verses, the night should not be seen only as a sleep time and rest time. Such that one of the first commandments to the Prophet Muhammad was to wake up at night and perform various worship and deeds. Also, it is emphasized in the Qur'an that night worship and actions influence and leave permanent impacts on human being. In this context, in this study, we tried to identify the concepts and expressions stated in the Qur'an expressing the night-time or the time slices in it by taking into account the references in the Qur'anic verses. Moreover, we have also examined worship and actions performed or recommended to do at night. Again, we have researched how the worship and actions performed in the calm and darkness of the night will contribute to human being. Thus, we tried to determine how the Qur'an addresses the "night" which is the preparation time for the next day and the assessment time of the previous day.