The Periods of Morning and Evening

In Paradise, these two periods are reserved for looking at Allah with respect to the elite, and in this world he, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, encouraged the preservation of the prayer at these two times. Therefore whoever prays these prayers in this world in the best of ways, with submissiveness, presence of heart, and performing all its mannerisms, it is hoped that he will be of those who will see Allah at these two periods in Paradise.

This is more so if one holds fast to the remembrances and other types of worship until the sun rises or sets. If the servant adds to this a journey in the last part of the night, then he has journeyed in all three times: the end of the night, the morning and the evening, and if he is true, for sure this will be followed by the achievement of the greatest objective, “In a seat of honour near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability.” (Surah al-Qamar 54:55)

Whoever adheres resolutely to truthfulness in his journey will be led to a Sure Footing, “And bring unto those who believe the good tidings that they have a sure footing with their Lord.” (Surah Yunus 10:2)

The lover is always asking after his beloved, inquiring about any news concerning him, eliciting and small piece of information, and following his tracks in order to traverse the path that leads to him. Great indeed is the aspiration whose goal is Allah and noble indeed is the soul whose beloved is He. Allah says, “Repel not those who call upon their Lord morning and afternoon seeking His face.” (Surah al-Anam 6:52)

The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 77-78