In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
"Their sides forsake their beds (for Tahajjud) to invoke their Lord in fear and hope...." Q32:16
It's beyond imagination for a people that live 1400 years after the sun of Islam has risen to fully appreciate how ideal a society the city of Madinah was during the golden era of Islam, when the paragon of Allaah's creations (Prophet Muhammad Pbuh) was in the midst of the most honorable and God-fearing men and women.
It's almost an impossible intellectual exercise to try to create the scenario of the nights of the city of Madinah, when its nights were not lit by even the crudest street lights let alone electric or solar street lights.
By and large, the only source of light at night was the occasional moonlight and the ever present spiritual light that emanates from the bedrooms of the Sahabah conversing with their Lord (Allaah) when the entire creation is fast asleep.
There was also the aspect of calmness and tranquility that dominated the nights of Madinah unlike the hustle and bustle nature of our cities today.
This divine calmness was mostly beautified by the melodious sound of the Glorious Qur'an echoing from the walls of the rooms of the Sahabah who fully understood the need to converse with Allaah in the depth of the night.
For this exceptional virtue, the likes of Abu Ruqayyah Tameem ibn Aus Ad-Daari's (may Allaah be pleased with him) name is synonymous to Tahajjud (late-night prayers) and his love for the Qur'an.
I encourage you through the Flawless Words of Allaah "Their sides forsake their beds to invoke their Lord in fear and hope..." Q32:16 to enliven your nights with Tahajjud even if it's with two Rak'ahs.