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What is tahajjud prayer? | Noor Academy

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One of the sunnah prayers is tahajjud (Arabic: صلاة التهجد ), and as Muslims, we should follow the profit guidance, so in this article, we will understand everything about tahajjud prayer.

It is said that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon his) used to pray Tahajjud prayer until his feet became sore. Someone once asked:

“O the Messenger of Allah! Why do you strain yourself though Allah declared in the Qur’an that you were forgiven of all your sins?”

The prophet’s answer was:

“Should not I be a thanking servant?” (Bukhari, Tahajjud, 6).

Also, the prophet said:

“The most virtuous prayer except the obligatory prayers is the one offered by becoming awake after sleep at night.” (Muslim, Siyam, 202-203).

“Two units of prayer performed at night are more beneficial than anything in the world. If I thought that it would not be a burden on my people, I would enjoin it on them.” (Fadail al-Amal, 257).

What is tahajjud?

According to Muslim sayings, tahajuud is the night prayer and is one of the nafl prayers, not praying it is not a sin. Linguistically the word tahajjud means to wake up or to stay awake. Allah told us about tahajjud in Quran:

وَمِنَ ٱلَّيْلِ فَتَهَجَّدْ بِهِۦ نَافِلَةً لَّكَ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَبْعَثَكَ رَبُّكَ مَقَامًا مَّحْمُودًا

Meaning: and during the night wake up and pray, as an extra offering of your own, so that your Lord may raise you to a (highly) praised status.

How to pray tahajjud?

So, we have learned the meaning of Tahajjud prayer, now let’s see how to perform Tahajjud prayer.

The Tahajjud prayer is prayed in pairs meaning two Rakat followed by another two Rakat. Here is how to pray Salah Tahajjud.

In the first Raka:

  • The first thing to do is to make the Niyyah (intention) by saying “I intend to perform two Rakats of the salat al Tahajjud”
  • Then say the takbir “Allahu Akbar” and start praying and say “Audhu billahi min-ash-shayta -nir-rajeem Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem”.
  • Start reciting surah al fatiha.
  • After reciting surah al Fatiha recite any surah you know by heart.
  • Then bow and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem” three times, this is what is called Ruku.
  • Stand up again and say “Allah listens to those who praise him” then make the first sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.
  • Sit up then go to the second sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.
  • Now rise up to continue to the second Raka.

Second Raka:

  • say “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem”
  • Recite Surah Al-Fatiha
  • Read another surah you know by heart. You can repeat the same surah you said in the first Raka if you don’t know any other Surah.
  • Go into Ruku and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem”
  • Stand up again and say “Allah listens to those who praise him” then make the first sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.
  • Sit up then go to the second sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.
  • Then sit for Tashahud:

Attahiyatul mubarakatus solawatut taiyibatu lillah. Assalamu’alaika aiyuhan nabiyu warahmatullayhi wabarakatuh. Assalamu’alaina wa’la ‘ibadillahis salihin. Asyahadu anlaa illaha illallah. Wa’asyhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah. Allahumma solli’ala Muhammad wa’ala ali Muhammad. Kama sollaita’ala Ibrahim wa’ala ali Ibrahim. Wabarik ‘ala Muhammad wa’ala ali Muhammad. Kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahim wa’ala ali Ibrahim fil ‘alamin innaka hamidummajid.

After finishing al Tashahud turn your face to the right and say “Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and then turn your face to the left and say the same. to his left and doing the same

What time is Tahajjud prayer?

You can pray Tahajjud salah any time and, when to pray Tahajjud after Salatul Isha, whether you sleep for a while then wake up to pray or pray it after Salatul Isha the choice is yours.

However, it is better to wake up in the last third of the night to pray Tahajjud before Fajr.

Can I pray Tahajjud without sleeping?

So, when can I pray Tahajjud? And is it necessary to sleep before praying Tahajjud?

Whether you sleep for a while then wake up to pray or pray it after Salatul Isha the choice is yours. However, it is better to wake up in the last third of the night to pray Tahajjud before Fajr.

how to pray tahajjud and witr?

After you finish praying the Tahajjud prayer, pray one Rakah which is the Witr prayer.

  • Make the Niyyah (intention) by saying “I intend to perform two Rakats of the salat al Witr.
  • Then say the takbir “Allahu Akbar” and start praying and say “Audhu billahi min-ash-shayta -nir-rajeem Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem”.
  • Start reciting surah al fatiha.
  • After reciting surah al Fatiha recites any surah you know by heart.
  • Then bow and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem” three times, this is what is called Ruku.
  • Stand up again and say “Allah listens to those who praise him” then make the first sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.
  • Sit up then go to the second sajdah and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” three times.

Can you pray tahajjud after witr?

The Iftaah said the following about this topic: “It is permissible to offer voluntary prayer after Witr(an odd number prayer performed between Isha`a and Fajr) prayer. However, it is desirable that the night prayer be ended with Witr. Therefore, it is desirable for one, who thought that he was most probably going to wake up at night in order to offer Tahajjud, to offer Witr after it, but one, who fears that he might not wake up, should offer Witr before going to bed.”

So, praying Tahajjud before the Witr prayer is better.

How many Rakats in Tahajjud prayer?

The total number of tahajjud rakat is 12 rakat in addition to 1witr rakat in total they are 13 raka. Tahajjud prayers are prayed in pairs meaning two Rakat then two Rakat until you finish all the 12 Rakat then you pray one Witr Rakah.

However, you don’t have to pray all the 13 Raka, praying only two is more than enough. If you are capable of praying the 13 Rakat then pray if you aren’t then pray as much as you can.

Can I pray Isha and Tahajjud together?

Yes, you can pray Isha then pray Tahajjud.

Tahajjud prayer dua

There is no specific Dua to say, you could ask Allah for anything you want, ask for forgiveness, and thank Allah for everything you have.

So after you finish praying Tahajjud ask Allah for anything even if you think it is something impossible. Nothing is impossible to Allah. Talk all your worries to Allah and ask for his help to overcome what’s troubling you, Allah will always listen to you.

What the word Dua means is having conversation with Allah, so you can say anything, don’t be shy. But if you don’t know what to say to Allah here is a Dua you could say.

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ قَيِّمُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ، لَكَ مُلْكُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَمَنْ فِيهِنَّ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَنْتَ نُورُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ

أَنْتَ الْحَقُّ، وَوَعْدُكَ الْحَقُّ، وَلِقَاؤُكَ حَقٌّ، وَقَوْلُكَ حَقٌّ، وَالْجَنَّةُ حَقٌّ، وَالنَّارُ حَقٌّ، وَالنَّبِيُّونَ حَقٌّ، وَمُحَمَّدٌ صلى الله عليه وسلم حَقٌّ، وَالسَّاعَةُ حَقٌّ،

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ، وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ، وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ، وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ، وَإِلَيْكَ حَاكَمْتُ، فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ، وَمَا أَسْرَرْتُ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُ، أَنْتَ الْمُقَدِّمُ وَأَنْتَ الْمُؤَخِّرُ، لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

Meaning:

O Allah! All the praises are for you, You are the Sustainer of the Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You have the possession of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth And all the praises are for You;

You are the Truth and Your Promise is the truth, And to meet You is true, Your Word is the truth, And the Paradise is true, And Hellfire is true, And all the Prophets are true, And Muhammad s.a.w. is true, And the Day of Resurrection is true.

O Allah! to You I submit, in You I believe, and to You do I rely upon. And to You I repent, And by You I face my adversaries, And to You, I will be judged. So forgive me my previous and later sins, and that which I concealed and revealed; You are the One Who brings forth and suspends. There is none to be worshiped but you. (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

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