Alarm Clocks or Cocks (Ahadith 931 - 933)


Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 232:
Narrated Masruq:
I asked 'Aisha which deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said, "A deed done continuously." I further asked, "When did he used to get up (in the night for the prayer)." She said, "He used to get up on hearing the crowing of a cock."
  • Most beloved deed by Allah: something that's done continuously. No off days.
  • Prophet (SAW) would sleep after `Ishaa', then get up in the last part (one-third) of the night for Tahajjud. That too, on hearing the cock's crowing.
    That gives us proof for alarm clocks, no? Who knew it was a Sunnah?! :D
    If you've got access to cocks, even better! (y) 

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 233:
Narrated Al-Ashath:
He (the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) used to get up for the prayer on hearing the crowing of a cock.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 234:
Narrated 'Aisha:
In my house he (Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) never passed the last hours of the night but sleeping.

"Last hours" is not exactly 'hours'. It refers to the "last moments/minutes" of the night. And you'll find this to be true if you go through the Hadith in which Ibn `Abbas narrates his experience of staying the night at Prophet (SAW)'s house.
After praying Tahajjud, Prophet (SAW) would lie down for a while and then get up to offer the Fajr Sunnahs.

What's your night routine?
Wassalam.