Muhammad bin Ibrahim At-Tuwejri in his book titled Fiqh Ul-Quloob (Understanding of the Hearts) beautifully presents Allah’s (swt) numerous and wonderful creations. The objective is to draw attention from this world’s concrete realities and lead to the spiritual and abstract reality and, hence, for man to find his role and purpose of life.
A Means of Gratitude
“It is Allah Who made for you the night that you may rest therein and the day giving sight. Indeed, Allah is full of bounty to the people, but most of the people are not grateful.” (Al-Ghafir 40:61)
Allah (swt) created the night as dark to enable us to rest. Conversely the day is created as bright and active to facilitate us to go about our business, mainly toiling for food and livelihood.
Nobody has to remind Allah (swt) to alter the days and nights. This happens effortlessly every day to serve us. Allah (swt) has repeatedly mentioned the alternation of night and day in the Quran as an evidence of His Ruboobiyat (status as our Creator), Hikmat (His divine wisdom) and Qudrat (His absolute power over all creation).
Ask yourself: have you thanked Allah (swt) for this bounty? If the night was to stretch forever, we would have died without solar energy. If the day would have remained forever, we would suffer without appropriate and abundant sleep. In today’s world, people who do not follow a proper sleep pattern from Isha to Fajr experience health, emotional and psychological disturbances.