How to perform Tahajjud prayer
Added Date: 7/15/2012 12:54:16 PM
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    Please explain to me how to pray Tahajjud Salat including all information about it, including the times to start it and how long you pray it. If you have to pray it for hours, how can this be done if you have not memorized long Surahs'?

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

    There is no difference between Tahajjud and Qiyam al-lail (the late night prayer). If the prayer is performed after one had slept then it is called Tahajjud otherwise it is called Qiyam-al-lail.

    There are many evidences in Qur'an and Sunnah proving the excellence and merits of Tahajjud.

    Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)? Say: "Are those who know equal to those who know not?" It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah's Signs and Verses).}[39:9]. Allah Praises those who perform the late night prayers "Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (in charity in Allah's Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them. No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.}[32:16-17].

    Imam Tirmizi narrates from Abdullah Ibn Salaam that "When the Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him) came to Madinah "When the Prophet (Sallallahu Alehi Wasallam) came to Madinah, the people gathered around him and I was one of them. I looked at his face and understood that it was not the face of a liar. The first words I heard him say were: 'O people, spread the salutations, feed the people, keep the ties of kinship, and pray during the night while the others are sleeping and you will enter paradise in peace."' This is related by al-Hakim, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi who calls it Hasan Sahih.

    The Prophet said: "The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the prayer which is performed in the last part of the night". [Reported by Imam Muslim]

    Therefore, the night prayer is a confirmed Sunnah, its rule does not change even in the month of Ramadhan. However, performing it during Ramadhan is better than during other months.

    The time of Tahajjud (Qiyam al-lail) starts after obligatory prayer of Isha and extends till dawn. There is no specific time for this prayer so it may be performed at any time of night but the preferred time is the last third of the night.

    There is no specific number of Rakah of this night prayer but the Prophet never prayed more than thirteen Rakah during Ramadhan or any other time.

    The Sunnah is to be performed in sets of two Rakah. It is recommended to shorten the first two Rakah making the remaining Rakah longer. And then one should end it with Witr prayer. One may also make Dua Qunoot in Witr if he likes.

    The person who does not memorize much Qur'an may recite many short Surahs in one Rakah or he may read looking in the Mus-haf too.

    Allah knows best.

First published in Islamweb and it has been amended since it was originally posted

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Tuesday 11 March 2014 09:03:30 GMT
shabana azam 
tahajjud ki namaz se barket hoti hain aur sabhi gunah muaf hote hain.
Tuesday 11 March 2014 09:03:24 GMT
shabana azam 
tahajjud ki namaz se barket hoti hain aur sabhi gunah muaf hote hain.
Thursday 20 February 2014 02:02:19 GMT
Kamran Qureshi 
Subhan Allah....Thanks for the information.
Saturday 15 February 2014 10:02:39 GMT
Hamid 
Jazkallah khair, thank you for the information. According to our beloved deen Islam spreading the knowledge to other brother and sister has the great reward, but if you can please site the information that would be more accurate and more satisfaction to the people.
Wednesday 5 February 2014 03:02:02 GMT
mohamed abbas 
Maashaa allah I got a correct clarification about tahajjud salah..Jazakallah. ....
Wednesday 5 February 2014 03:02:58 GMT
mohamed abbas 
Maashaa allah I got a correct clarification about tahajjud salah..Jazakallah. ....
Saturday 1 February 2014 09:02:49 GMT
ishrat fatima 
any body please tell me in urdu ...the right way of tahajjud prayer i shall be very thank ful to you for this kind act
Thursday 23 January 2014 08:01:57 GMT
irfanabdi 
god job brother
Wednesday 15 January 2014 11:01:58 GMT
Forhad 
brother Quraish, 13 rakahs include WITR.
Saturday 11 January 2014 09:01:40 GMT
sulayman 
JazakALLAH brother
Sunday 29 December 2013 01:12:48 GMT
sana 
mashaallah
Thursday 26 December 2013 08:12:56 GMT
Nomani  
Jazakallah Khair. Thank you so much for the information brother.
Monday 25 November 2013 06:11:02 GMT
Mohammed Muthahir 
jazakallah khair... thanks alott for the information
Tuesday 19 November 2013 03:11:33 GMT
mahfuz 
jazakllah khair for this

But i really do you think it should be told abit more simple

without to much info. or give examples at the bottom how to perform after all the hadiths etc..
but in general jazakallah khair
Sunday 18 August 2013 04:08:29 GMT
Faisal 
I thought you would provide method about Tahajjud. But it seems all of you guys are just interested in copy paste from the internet. Can you confirm that it is not Haram to earn revenue from something you have not put valid effort in?
Friday 19 July 2013 03:07:55 GMT
Abu Ayman 
According to Hanafi school of thought the maximum Rakahs for Tahajud is eight Rakaha and the minimum is two.
Accoording to Maliki the maximum Rakahs for Tahajud is ten Rakahas or twelve and the minimum is two and with one Raka Witer becomes therteen.
Acoording to Shafea and some of Hanabelah there is no specific number some one can pray as maney as he can....
http://fatwa.islamweb.net/fatwa/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=140772
Thursday 11 July 2013 05:07:50 GMT
quraish 
brother the info u got based on tahajjud prayer is good but im just confused about the 13 rakahs is the last 3 rakahs witr ??

Tuesday 14 August 2012 10:08:12 GMT
Kabir laminu 
Jazakalh lahul dis gud book
 
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