The Importance of Tahajjud: A Guide for New Muslims

Tahajjud is a nafl prayer people offer at night when seeking mental strength, peace, and forgiveness. While missing a Tahajjud prayer may not be considered a sin, offering it is extremely virtuous for any Muslim man or woman looking to reap numerous benefits.

The literal meaning of Tahajjud is derived from the Arabic word “h-j-d,” which means to stay awake at night. This is also why some scholars refer to Tahajjud as night prayer or Qayam ul Lail.

This prayer must be offered after Isha and before the Fajr prayer. It is highly awarded and several mentions of it in the Quran and Sunnah.

In this Holy month of Ramadan, let us discuss the significance of Tahajjud prayers in Islam.

The Importance of Tahajjud in the Quran

The prayer timings in Islam for the five Farz namaz are fixed but that is not true for Tahajjud prayers. You can offer it any time during the night after Isha’s Prayers.

Imagine the peace and tranquillity you experience at night, usually after 3 or 4 pm. There is no disturbance and no loud noise in your house. You are standing before your creator to offer your prayers and seek repentance.

The peace and tranquillity that come with Tahajjud are unmatched and are hardly ever found in other parts of the day. 

Tahajjud brings you closer to Allah and blesses you with peace and brightness. However, there is much more to these prayers. It is not only a nafl to offer, in fact, it is also the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). In Surah Al-Isra, Allah says

And rise at ˹the last˺ part of the night, offering additional prayers, so your Lord may raise you to a station of praise.

[Surah Al-Isra 17:79]

In another instance, we learn how those offering Tahajjud are considered better than those who do not.

“˹Are they better˺ or those who worship ˹their Lord˺ devoutly in the hours of the night, prostrating and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of their Lord? Say, ˹O Prophet˺ “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” None will be mindful ˹of this˺ except people of reason.

[Surah Az-Zumar 39:9]

It is during Tahajjud itself that Allah searches for His followers who are seeking Him, looking for His forgiveness and waiting to grant any request they wish. As Narrated by Abu Huraira

“Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) said, “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari 1145]

How to Pray Tahajjud?

Narrated by `Abdullah bin `Umar:

A man said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! How is the prayer of the night?” He said, “Two rak`at followed by two rak`at and so on, and when you apprehend the approaching dawn, offer one rak`a as witr.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1137]

No prayer is complete without intention, and the same is the case with Tahajjud. When offering Tahajjud prayers, it is always recommended to start with two rakahs. The recommended amount of rakah for Tahajjud is eight, split into two rakah at one time.

According to Sunnah, it is preferable to pray lengthier recitations during this nawafil followed by any supplication of dua, as during this time Allah is listening to all those who pray.

The prophet would take longer when offering Tahajjud as he would reflect on verses, praise Allah, and seek His forgiveness. 

When Should We Pray Tahajjud?

Tahajjud usually prays after Isha and before Fajr. However, according to the Sunnah, it is preferable to offer these nawafil during the last third of the night, which is considered to be the best time.

Is There Any Special Dua for Tahajjud?

While it is preferable to offer longer and lengthier supplications during Tahajjud, there is one particular dua that the Holy Prophet used to recite. 

Narrated by Ibn Abbas

When the Prophet (ﷺ) got up at night to offer the Tahajjud prayer, he used to say:

Allahumma lakal-hamd. Anta qaiyyimus-samawati wal-ard wa man fihinna. Walakal-hamd, Laka mulkus-samawati wal-ard wa man fihinna. Walakal-hamd, anta nurus-samawati wal-ard. Wa lakal-hamd, anta-l-haq wa wa’duka-lhaq, wa liqa’uka Haq, wa qauluka Haq, wal-jannatu Han wan-naru Haq wannabiyuna Haq. Wa Muhammadun, sallal-lahu’alaihi wasallam, Haq, was-sa’atu Haq. Allahumma aslamtu Laka wabika amantu, wa ‘Alaika tawakkaltu, wa ilaika anabtu wa bika khasamtu, wa ilaika hakamtu faghfir li ma qaddamtu wama akh-khartu wama as-rartu wama’a lantu, anta-l-muqaddim wa anta-l-mu akh-khir, la ilaha illa anta

Translation: 

“O Allah! All the praises are for you, You are the Holder 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 King 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 Paradise is true And Hell is true And all the Prophets (Peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad is true, And the Day of Resurrection is true. O Allah ! I surrender (my will) to You; I believe in You and depend on You. And repent to You, And with Your help I argue (with my opponents, the non-believers) And I take You as a judge (to judge between us). Please forgive me my previous And future sins; And whatever I concealed or revealed And You are the One who make (some people) forward And (some) backward. There is none to be worshipped but you.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari 1120]

  1. Acceptance of Prayers

One of the prime benefits of offering Tahajjud prayers is that they help in their acceptance. As mentioned in the Hadith above, Allah himself descends to seek his followers who are looking for forgiveness or an answer to their prayers.

  1. The Best Type of Prayer

Tahajjud is one of the best prayers to offer as it promises a pathway to heaven. It was narrated from Humaid bin ‘Abdur-Rahman- that is Ibn ‘Awf, that Abu Hurairah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘The best fasting after the month of Ramadan is the month of Allah, Al-Muharram, and the best prayer is prayer at night.”

[Sunan an-Nasa’i 1613]

In another instance, Abdullah bin Salam had heard the Prophet saying:

“O people! Spread (the greeting of) Salam, feed others, uphold the ties of kinship, and pray during the night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise with Salam.”

[Sunan Ibn Majah 3251]

  1. Helps to Build a Healthy Habit

One of the added benefits of offering Tahajjud prayers is that it helps the worshippers stay active. A person can get up early, offer prayers, and start the day with a fresh morning walk. 

  1. Achievements of Goals

Many goals in life require more than physical effort. Prayers are often what help you achieve these goals. Tahajjud is one way to connect with Allah directly and seek his help and guidance. 

Conclusion

There are five obligatory prayers that we, as Muslims, offer in a day. However, Tahajjud is a Nafl prayer with immense benefits if offered regularly.

It is a cleanser for the heart and soul. So, the next time you feel lazy to offer Tahajjud and Fajr prayers, remember this hadith; 

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 1142]

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