Specifying certain days to perform the optional late night Prayer

Q: We are a group of young ladies. One of us suggested that we single out certain days for Qiyam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night) and other good deeds such as visiting the sick and fasting. The one who neglects these deeds has to pay a sum of money. Some of us accepted the idea and others did not accept until they ask the reliable scholars about this act. Please tell your opinion on this act.

A: You should neither gather nor single out certain days for offering Qiyam-ul-Layl except in Ramadan. Muslims are allowed to offer Qiyam-ul-Layl at their home as much as they can. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, The Salah a man offers in his house is more excellent than any other Salah performed in the Masjid except for the obligatory one. Imposing a fine on a person who fails to attend this gathering is illicit, as it entails eating up money unjustly and this gathering is not Islamically acceptable.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.