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Narrated 'Aisha:

I did not see the Prophet reciting (the Quran) in the night prayer while sitting except when he became old;
when he used to recite while sitting, and when thirty or forty verses remained from the Sura, he would get up and recite them and then bow.
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْمُثَنَّى، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، عَنْ هِشَامٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي أَبِي، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ مَا رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقْرَأُ فِي شَىْءٍ مِنْ صَلاَةِ اللَّيْلِ جَالِسًا، حَتَّى إِذَا كَبِرَ قَرَأَ جَالِسًا، فَإِذَا بَقِيَ عَلَيْهِ مِنَ السُّورَةِ ثَلاَثُونَ أَوْ أَرْبَعُونَ آيَةً قَامَ فَقَرَأَهُنَّ ثُمَّ رَكَعَ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sahih al-Bukhari, 1148
• Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 2, Book of Night Prayer (Tahajjud), Hadith 249
• Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Night Prayer (Tahajjud), Hadith 249