Hadith on Niyyah: Night prayer intention recorded, even if he fell asleep

Abu Darda reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever comes to his carpet intending to stand for prayer at night, yet his eyes are overcome with sleep until morning, his intention is recorded for him and his sleep is charity for him from his Lord Almighty.

Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 1787

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ مَنْ أَتَى فِرَاشَهُ وَهُوَ يَنْوِي أَنْ يَقُومَ يُصَلِّي مِنْ اللَّيْلِ فَغَلَبَتْهُ عَيْنَاهُ حَتَّى أَصْبَحَ كُتِبَ لَهُ مَا نَوَى وَكَانَ نَوْمُهُ صَدَقَةً عَلَيْهِ مِنْ رَبِّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

1787 سنن النسائي كتاب قيام الليل وتطوع النهار باب من أتى فراشه وهو ينوي القيام فنام

1786 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح النسائي