Door of Mercy is Open at Dawn

Early dawn, Venus in the sky

Early dawn and Venus in the sky

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?

It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud).

In a version by Muslim the Hadith ends with the words:

And thus He continues till [the light of] dawn shines.


A poet wrote about this with the following couplet:

At every early dawn I hear this call:

the door of mercy is open, come one, come all.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , Read 266 articles by
3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. msa says:

    thanks for preaching tolerance. something rare in parts of the world like nigeria.

  2. SisterZ says:

    “At every early dawn I hear this call: the door of mercy is open, come one, come all.” I love that, what a beautiful thing, maashaAllah!

    After using the name Allah, the next name Allah(swt) calls Himself by in the Quran is Ar-Rahman, meaning The Most Merciful. In doing so, perhaps He(swt) is reminding us that the Quran is a Mercy for us, a guidance, a light and shifa. Perhaps He(swt) is also reminding us that His Mercy overcomes His Anger. Perhaps He(swt) is further reminding us that the fact that we are able to recite the Quran and pray Salaah at early dawn is a Mercy for us and if we remember to say Allah’s name at the beginning of everything, this is also a Mercy for us.

    I learned something new and refreshing today. That is that if while sincerely reciting Surah Al-Fatiha, we keep our (halaal) wants, our desire, our dua in our heart and mind, and then read the last two verses of Surah Al Baqarah, Allah will surely fulfil our duas and give us what we want. How inspiring!

    May Allah reward Shaykh Marwan who so happily teaches me and others about the Quran. And may Allah also reward you Brother Wael, for giving us all this platform on which to share what we have learned with each other.


  3. Melissa Diaz says:

    At every early dawn I hear this call:

    the door of mercy is open, come one, come all…
    for Allah’s mercies are waiting…
    shower our heart with those blessing mercies
    for the blessing life we’ll have today…

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