Seeking Knowledge At Night Or Praying The Night Prayer?

What’s Better For The Student Of Knowledge, Seeking Knowledge At Night Or Praying The Night Prayer?

Questioned posed to Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him):
 
{Q}: Is it better for the student of knowledge to stand the night in praying or using this time for seeking knowledge, memorization and (going over) matters (of the religion)?
 
{A}: “No. Seeking knowledge is better than standing the night in prayer. That’s because the benefit of seeking knowledge extends to the Muslimeen. As for standing the night in prayer, (its benefit) is specifically for him. Seeking knowledge is better than the voluntary prayers because its benefit extends (beyond the person himself) and its good is for you alive or dead. His actions are cut of from him except for three things. It was mentioned (in the hadeeth) that from these things is -Knowledge that is benefited from-.”
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah 17th of Jumaadaa al-Akhirah 1433/ May 8th 2012

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