Tahajjud prayer

Tahajjud Meaning, How and When to perform it? with 6 Surprising Benefits. | islamtics

Tahajjud (تَهَجَّدَ ) is a voluntary prayer. It is a night prayer that is offered to attain mental strength and peace. Abu Hurayra narrated that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The very best prayer after the compulsory prayers is the night time –Tahajjud prayer.”(Muslim)

Tahajjud Meaning

Tahajjud meaning is to give up sleep or abandon sleep.

Tahajjud time

The Tahajjud time is usually after Isha prayer and before Fajr prayer. Tahajjud means to give up sleep, which is why this prayer is preferably performed during the last third of the night.

This time is when angels descend from heaven on Allah’s command to take Dua of all of Allah’s servants. During this time, Allah forgives the offenders, who have atoned for their sins.

Tahajjud Dua

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 (or la ilaha ghairuka).

“.‏ 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 ـ أَوْ لاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

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; that which I concealed and revealed; You are the One Who brings forth and suspends. There is none to be worshipped but you. [ Sahih al-Bukhari]

Tahajjud Benefits

1) It empowers inner strength

2) Tahajjud prayer can strengthen religious understanding

3) It grants patience even in the face of problems.

4) Incorporating Tahajjud into the daily routine is known to bring peace to the distressed heart.

5) Tahajjud prayer is one of the best ways to attain closeness to Allah.

6) Tahajjud prayer can delete wickedness and prevent acts of sin

How to perform Tahajjud Prayer

The Tahajjud prayer is just like any other Sunnah prayer. It is a minimum prayer of two Rakat as mentioned by the Prophet s.a.w : “When any one of you gets up at night, he should begin the prayer with two brief Rakat” (Sahih Muslim).

You can Perform Tahajjud only after isha prayer and after (waking up from) a sleep even if it is a short nap but before Fajr.

The maximum number of Rakat for the Sunnah Tahajjud prayers is not limited to any specific number. You may perform as many as you want, as long as it is done in pairs. which mean you have to give  salam at the end of 2nd rakat and start again

1st Rakat 2nd Rakat
1. First, make the Niyyah (intention) by reciting “I intend to perform two rakats of the salat al Tahajjud”
2. You say Takbir “Allahu Akbar” This starts the prayer.
3. After you say: “Audhu billahi min-ash-shayta -nir-rajeem Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem”
4. Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha
5. Another portion (Surah) of the Quran.
6. Go into Ruku (the bowing position) and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem”
7. Go into the 1st Sajdah and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”
8. Now sit up from the first Sajdah in the jalsa position (Sitting position between the two Sajdah)
9. Now go into the 2nd Sajdah and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”
1. Rise up to proceed to the next rakaat,
2. You say “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-raheem”
3. Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha
4. Another portion (Surah) of the Quran.
5. Go into Ruku (the bowing position) and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem”
6. Go into the 1st Sajdah and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”
7. Now sit up from the first Sajdah in the jalsa position (Sitting position between the two Sajdahs)
8. Now go into the 2nd Sajdah and We say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”
9. After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud: You recite At-tahiyyat, Allah-umma Salli, Allah-umma Barik, and Rabbana.
10. By turning your face to the right first and saying “Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and then to his left and doing the same

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