As-salamu Alaikum to you!
1. Is there any part of the Holy Qur’an that states that Allah (SWT) comes down/ descends to hear/answer our prayers at night (e.g during the 3rd part of the night)?. For example if i wake up at night to (perform to raka'ats) -pray for forgiveness or a need from Allah (SWT).
2. Also during the recitation of the holy Qur’an do I need to begin with Bismillah at the beginning of each surah after I’ve recited A ootho Billahi Minashaytani rajim...Bismillahi-Rahmanir-Rahim?
May Allah the Al-Mighty forgive us and guides us all onto the straight path.
Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh.
1. This is not from the Qur’an but from an authentic hadeeth qudsi. A translation of the hadeeth is: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), said that the Messenger of Allah () 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 Hadeeth ends with the words: And thus He continues till [the light of] dawn shines.
2. When we are starting at the beginning of a surah, it is required to say the basmalah ( after the isti’aathah ( ) . An exception is surah At-Tawbah, in which we do not start with the basmalah when beginning the surah. When we start reciting or reading from the middle of a surah, we have the option to say the basmalah or not, and this includes surah At-Tawbah.
Ameen to your dua’.