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Tahajjud Salah

Tahajjud Salah

Tahajjud Salah is a very special prayer performed at night between Isha Salah and Subh Sadiq.

This special Salah was performed very regularly by our beloved Nabi ﷺ and has been a regular habit of all of the pious people of our Ummah.

Sayyidah A’ishah رضي الله عنها says:

‘Do not abandon the Salah of the night (Tahajjud Salah) , for certainly Rasulullah ﷺ would never leave out Tahajjud Salah. If he was ill or weak, he would perform Tahajjud while sitting.’ (Abu Dawud)

What we need to do:

1) We need to be sure to perform our Isha Salah.

2) After Isha salaah if we are able to then rest and wake up after half the night has passed and perform Tahajjud Salah.

3) Tahajjud Salah is performed two rak’at at a time. Minimum amount is two rak’at.

4) Tahajjud Salah must be performed before Subh Sadiq time.

5) Those who find it hard to wake up can perform Tahajjud Salah either after Isha Salah or before retiring to bed.

Note: It is best to perform witr Salah after the tahajjud Salah.

Let’s learn some special virtues for this special Salah and try to start performing it as often as possible.

Benefit 1-4

1) It was the practice of the pious in the previous nations
2) Bring us close to Allah Ta’ala
3) Our sins are forgiven
4) Keeps us away from evil

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Make it a point to observe Tahajjud prayer, for it was the practice of the pious before you. It is a means of gaining closeness to Allah, an expiation for sins and prevention from evil.” (Tirmidhi)

Benefit 5

Included among those with honour

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“The honourable ones of my ummah are the bearers of the Quran [those who memorise the Quran, learn the meaning and act upon it] and those who engage in worship at night [at the time of tahajjud].” (Al Mu’jamul Kabeer)

Benefit 6

Allah Ta’ala becomes very happy!

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Allah Ta’ala smiles [becomes pleased] with three categories of people; At a row in Salah [i.e. when people form a row for congregational Salah], at the person who offers [tahajjud] Salah in the middle of the night and with the person who fights at the back of the contingent [after they have achieved victory].”

Benefit 7

If husband and wife perform together they will be included among those special people who remember Allah Ta’ala in abundance

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“If a man awakens his wife at night, and they both offer Salah or both offer two rak’ahs together, they are recorded to be among those who remember Allah Ta’ala in abundance [dhakirin and dhakirat]” (Abu Dawud)

Benefit 8

If after making intention to wake up for tahajjud a person oversleeps, he will still get reward of Tahajjud and his sleep will be like Sadaqah!

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Whoever goes to bed and has a firm intention to wake up and pray during the night [Tahajjud Salah], but is overwhelmed by sleep until morning comes, will get the reward for what he intended and that sleep will be a sadaqah from Allah” (Ibn Majah)

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Any person who [usually] offers Salah at night [tahajjud], [but on a certain night] is overpowered by sleep, will certainly will receive the reward of [the tahajjud] Salah [for that night] and his sleep will be a sadaqah [from Allah].” (Nasa’i)

Benefit 9

Allah Ta’ala will call them out on the day of Qiyamah and enter them in to Jannah

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“Allah will gather all the people on one plain on the day of Qiyamah and a caller will call out thrice, ‘Soon all those that are gathered here will know who really has honour’. The caller will then say,’Where are those who would separate from their beds’ [to perform tahajjud salah]” (Mustadrak Hakim)

Benefit 10

Du’as are accepted

Our beloved Nabi ﷺ said:
“A heavenly caller announces every night: Who is supplicating that he may be answered? Who is asking that he may be given? Who is seeking forgiveness that he may be forgiven? It is so until the appearance of dawn.” (Ahmad)

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