Tahajjud - The Night Prayer
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2. Then recite the Dua for Tahajjud before starting the salah.
3. Start the prayer with 2 short rakʿa and then you can pray as much as you want. Tahajjud should be offered as 2 rakʿa followed by 2 rakʿa.
4. After the Tahajjud prayer is done, you perform the Witr prayer. If the time for the Fajr prayer is near, then pray 1 rakʿa of Witr. If you are going to pray Tahajjud then pray Witr after Tahajjud. But if you have already prayed Witr after Isha then do not pray Witr after Tahajjud because there is only one Witr in a night.
5. Afterwards make lots of Dua, ask for forgiveness and seek refuge from hellfire.
Remember: Try to pray Tahajjud daily even if all you can pray is just 2 rakʿa. Do not overburden yourself. Allah loves constant good deeds even if they are few.
May Allah accept your Tahajjud Prayer.
What is Tahajjud?
Tahajjud, also known as "night prayer", is a voluntary prayer in Islam. It is the best voluntary prayer after the five obligatory prayers (Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha).
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer."
[Reported by Muslim]
When can I offer the Tahajjud prayer?
Tahajjud can only be offered after you have prayed the Isha prayer. Prayers performed after the Isha prayer and before the Adhan of the Fajr prayer are called night prayers.
What is the most recommended time to perform Tahajjud?
The best time to perform Tahajjud is during the last third of the night.
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Chapter 73/Hadith-No. 6321]
When does the Last Third of the Night begin?
The night is the time between sunset (Maghrib) and dawn (Fajr). If you divide this time into three equal parts, the last part is the last third of the night.
Maghrib starts at 9:00 p.m. and Fajr starts at 3:00 a.m. The time between the two prayers is therefore 6 hours. If you divide the 6 hours by 3, you get 2 hours. Thus, the last third of the night begins 2 hours before Fajr (1:00 a.m. in this example).
How many rakat does the Tahajjud prayer have?
At least 2 rakat. There is no maximum limit that may be performed for Tahajjud.
Is sleeping compulsory before Tahajjud?
There are different opinions on this. However, it is recommended to wake up from sleep during the night and then perform Tahajjud.
How does it differ from Qiyam ul-Layl?
Qiyam ul-Layl means the night, or part of it, even if it is only 1 hour, to spend in prayer, reading Quran, remembering Allah (Dhikr) or performing other forms of worship.
Tahajjud specifically means to pray at night. Some scholars have restricted it to prayers that are offered at night after sleep.
Qiyam ul-Layl is a general term for types of night worship, while Tahajjud is a special act of night worship (prayer).
How does it differ from the Taraweeh?
In relation to Taraweeh, the scholars use this word to refer to Qiyam ul-Layl in Ramadan.