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رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لا سَهَرَ إلّا في ثلاثٍ: مُتَهَجِّدٍ بالقرآنِ ، وفي طَلَبِ العِلمِ ، أو عَروسٍ تُهدى إلى زَوجِها.

There is no need to stay awake at night except in three instances: when staying awake to recite the Qur'an, to gain knowledge, and for a bride to be offered to her husband
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 76, p. 178, no. 3; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 894

رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لا سَهَرَ بعدَ العِشاءِ الآخِرَةِ إلّا لأِحَدِ رَجُلَينِ: مُصَلٍّ أو مُسافِرٍ.

There is no need to stay up at night past the last `Aisha’ prayer except in the case of two people: the person performing prayers, and the traveller.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 179, no. 5; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 894

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): السَّهَرُ رَوضَةُ المُشتاقِينَ.

Staying awake at night is the garden of those who yearn [for Allah].
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, p. 666; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 894

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): سَهَرُ الليلِ في طاعَةِ اللّه‏ِ رَبيعُ الأولياءِ ورَوضَةُ السُّعَداءِ.

Staying awake at night engaged in acts of obedience to Allah is the springtime of the friends of Allah and the garden of the good-fortuned.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5613; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 894

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أفضَلُ العِبادَةِ سَهَرُ العُيونِ بذِكرِ اللّه‏ِ سبحانَهُ .

The best of worship is for the eyes to remain awake engaged in the remembrance of Allah, Glory be to Him
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3149; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 894

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): فاتَّقُوا اللّه‏َ عِبادَ اللّه‏ِ تَقِيَّةَ ذِي لُبٍّ ، شَغَلَ التَّفَكُّرُ قَلبَهُ ، وأنصَبَ الخَوفُ بَدَنَهُ ، وأسهَرَ التَّهَجُّدُ غِرارَ نَومِهِ .

So be conscious of your duty to Allah, O servants of Allah, with the caution of a wise man whose heart is preoccupied with reflection [about the Hereafter], whose body the fear [of Allah] has afflicted with pain, and whose engagement in the night prayer has turned his already short sleep into wakefulness
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 83; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 895

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن أحيا لَيلةَ العِيدِ ولَيلةَ النِّصفِ مِن شَعبانَ ، لَم يَمُتْ قَلبُهُ يَومَ تَموتُ القُلوبُ.

He who remains awake on the eve of `Aid al-fitr and on the eve of the 15th of Sha`aban, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts shall die.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Sawab al-A`amal, v. 1, p. 102, no. 2; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 895

الإمامُ الرِّضا (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): كانَ أميرُ المؤمنينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) لا يَنامُ ثلاثَ ليالٍ: لَيلةَ ثلاثٍ وعِشرِينَ مِن شَهرِ رَمَضانَ ، ولَيلةَ الفِطرِ ، ولَيلةَ النِّصفِ مِن شَعبانَ ، وفيها تُقسَمُ الأرزاقُ والآجالُ وما يَكونُ في السَّنَةِ.

The Commander of the Faithful (AS) did not used to sleep at all on three nights: the 23rd night of the month of Ramazan, the eve of `Aid al-fitr, and the eve of the 15th of Sha`aban. And these are the nights when sustenance is allotted, and prescribed times of death and all that is to happen in that year is decreed.
Imām Alī ibn Mūsā al-Rezā (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 97, p. 88, no. 15; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 895