Three Parts:Preparing For PrayerSaying the TahajjudExploring the TahajjudCommunity Q&A
The Tahajjud is a special Islamic prayer which is recommended (but not compulsory) for all Muslims. The Tahajjud is prayed after Isha (the obligatory nightly prayer) and before Fajr (the obligatory morning prayer). If possible, it is most desirable to perform the Tahajjud between midnight and Fajr, preferably in the last third of the night. Though the Tahajjud isn’t compulsory, many devout Muslims try to make it part of their daily routine as an act of worship and to earn redemption and forgiveness from Allah. To learn how to pray the Tahajjud in the way laid out by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), see Step 1 below.
Part 1 Preparing For Prayer
- Arrange to wake up after midnight.
After praying the Isha prayer and before going to sleep, make arrangements to wake up during the night before the Fajr prayer (for instance, you may want to set an alarm clock or have a family member agree to wake you). Though the Tahajjud can be prayed at any part of the night, if possible, it is best to pray it after midnight, especially during the last third of the night. The time two-thirds of the way between Isha and Fajr is a good time for Tahajjud. This is because Allah descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, asking, “Who is asking me, so I can give to him? Who is calling upon me, so I can answer him? Who is seeking my forgiveness, so I can forgive him?'”
- If you make an honest effort to wake up and perform the Tahajjud but accidentally sleep through the night, don’t feel guilty. According to the Hadiths, Allah records your genuine intention to perform the Tahajjud and grants you sleep as an act of mercy.
- Go somewhere clean, quiet, and dignified to conduct your prayer.
This is done because Allah’s names are pure, so, whenever possible, Muslims are encouraged to speak of Him in clean, holy places as a form of reverence. Wearing your normal prayer clothes, sit down on a prayer mat and face the Holy Kabah in Mecca as you would for your obligatory prayers.
- To be clear, you don’t need to be anywhere special, like a mosque or a lavishly-decorated room in your house, to pray the Tahajjud. All that’s needed is a spot that’s clean which can even be in your room.
- Remove all worldly worries from your heart.
At the time for prayer, calmly focus and reflect on the glory of your Lord. Do not worry about fleeting worldly problems that are ultimately meaningless in comparison to His infinite wisdom and mercy. Calm yourself and forget your worldly problems, hopes, and fears. Ignore any negative, distracting thoughts or feelings. Close your eyes and focus your attention on your heart as you begin to achieve a heightened state of spiritual awareness.
Part 2 Saying the Tahajjud
- Make your intention to pray known.
As you start your prayer, make a definitive mental declaration to yourself that you are about to perform the Tahajjud. Decide that you are going to complete the Tahajjud in the specific way you have chosen, including how many rakats and which surahs you will recite. Also decide
why you are saying the Tahajjud — for instance, to glorify Allah, thank Allah or ask for His forgiveness. You don’t have to make this declaration out loud — Allah knows your thoughts, so your intentions will be clear to him as long as they are clear to you.
- The Tahajjud is typically performed by repeating multiple rakats (cycles) of Salah, the ritual that Muslims use for their required daily prayer. For the Tahajjud, the rakats are usually performed in pairs, so you’ll also want to decide exactly how many rakats you intend to perform at this time. See below for more information.
- Perform two rakats.
To begin your Tahajjud, start by performing two rakats (cycles) of
. Salah begins by standing and reciting verses from the Holy Quran. Then, the person praying continues by bowing low with his hands on his knees, then prostrating on the ground with his forehead, nose, and palms on the floor and his elbows raised, sitting on his knees with his feet folded under him, and finally standing and reciting “Allahu Akbar.” This description of Salah is a generalization — if you’re not sure how to perform Salah properly, learn this
fundamental Muslim skill
before attempting the Tahajjud.
- Emulate the practices of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who used to recite the following surahs after each rakat in Tahajjud:
- After reciting the Al-Fatihah the first rakat, recite the surah “Al-Kafirun”.
- After reciting the Al-Fatihah for the second rakat, recite the surah “Al-Ikhlas”.
- Emulate the practices of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who used to recite the following surahs after each rakat in Tahajjud:
- Repeat rakats as you wish.
Generally, two rakats is seen as the minimum necessary for a proper Tahajjud. However, it’s possible to repeat as many more as you wish. For instance, according to the Hadiths, the Prophet Muhammad frequently prayed up to thirteen rakats.
For most Muslims, Tahajjud rakats are performed in pairs and eight rakats is seen as plenty. In other words, most Muslims will say two, four, six, or eight rakats, though more is not necessarily discouraged.
- If you are able to, then reciting long surahs such as Al-Baqarah, An-Nisā’ or Al-‘Imran are highly commended, even if you can manage them only from time to time.
- Following in the example of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), if you notice dawn approaching while you say your Tahajjud, you may end by performing one rakat as Witr (an optional pre-dawn prayer said before the required Fajr).
Add your own prayers after the rakats. After you’ve completed the number of rakats you set out to pray, you may add your own prayers as long as they’re sincere, respectful, and done in complete devotion to Allah. These may be offered in extended prostration in your own words and language. You may want to offer additional thanks and praise to Allah, pray for strength and guidance, or make a special request for help. For instance, you may ask for blessings for a friend who is suffering through difficult times or help with your own worship. Prayers should be offered with humbleness, fear, hope and patience. This is an ideal time to pray for forgiveness for your mistakes and sins. #*Acknowledge your wrongdoings, sincerely promise not to repeat them and ask Allah for forgiveness and leniency in any punishment that He may decide to prepare for you. Any prayer you offer will be heard, and, if Allah wills, your prayer will be answered in kind.
Go back to bed, if you become too tired to complete the Tahajjud. Because the Tahajjud interrupts your normal sleep, it’s not unlikely that you may be somewhat tired when you attempt the prayer. If, however, you’re so tired that you find yourself forgetting what you’re saying as you recite your prayers or you doze off in the middle of your Tahajjud, don’t attempt to complete the prayer. In this case, according to the Hadiths, Allah notes your sincere willingness to complete the Tahajjud. You may go back to sleep without any need to be embarrassed or ashamed, but try to better prepare yourself next time, perhaps by going to bed earlier.
Part 3 Exploring the Tahajjud
- Read scriptural passages about Muhammad (pbuh)’s observance of the Tahajjud.
To gain a greater understanding of the unique importance of the Tahajjud prayer, you may want to consult any of the numerous references to the prayer in Islamic scripture. Most notably, the Tahajjud is mentioned in the Quran and discussed at great length in the Hadiths. However, it is also discussed in the work of Islamic scholars throughout the history of the religion.
- To start, try reading Book 21 (Prayer at Night) from Sahih Bukhari. 70 Hadiths in this book describe the habits the Prophet (pbuh) regarding the Tahajjud. Commentary on the Tahajjud is also offered at multiple points in the Quran, including Surat 17:79 and Surat 39:9.
- Consider saying the Tahajjud with your family.
Muslim families are encouraged to pray the Tahajjud in communion with each other because both Muhammad (pbuh) and his wife Aisha recommended that husbands and wives should say the Tahajjud together.
Performing the Tahajjud as a family allows you to come closer to each other in devotion to Allah and to show solidarity in your worship.
- If you’re interested in trying this, ask your spouse and/or children to join you before the first night you plan to say the Tahajjud together, then, if they need your help to do so, wake them up and celebrate Allah’s infinite greatness and mercy in quiet prayer together. Children over the age of ten should be encouraged gently to develop the habit of praying Tahajjud when they are ready, but if it is too difficult for them to wake in the night then no blame should be apportioned and they should not be admonished, as long as they are up for Fajr and complete their other obligatory prayers.
- Generally, families that pray the Tahajjud together make exceptions for members that need their sleep, like small children, the sick, and the elderly.
- Emulate the practices of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
All Muslims are encouraged to live in emulation of the life of Muhammad (pbuh), Allah’s Messenger and the Seal of the Prophets. If you’re looking for guidance in performing the Tahajjud, you may want to study the ways Muhammad (pbuh) performed the Tahajjud and try to work these habits into your daily life. By striving to emulate the Prophet (pbuh)’s Tahajjud practices, Muslims can work towards the perfect ideal represented by him and, in doing so, become closer to Allah.
- As noted above, Book 21 from Sahih Bukhari is a great place to start if you’re looking for information on Muhammad (pbuh)’s Tahajjud habits.
- Make the Tahajjud part of your routine.
As an optional prayer, the Tahajjud certainly isn’t something that any Muslim should feel compelled to do. However, many Muslims choose to practice the Tahajjud on a regular basis (if not every night) when they are able. Like all forms of prayer, saying the Tahajjud brings the person praying closer to Allah. In addition, the Tahajjud is often associated with Allah’s gifts of forgiveness and redemption, making it a great way to seek correction for each day’s minor failures, sins and imperfect actions.
- Remember that Allah appreciates regular acts of worship, so if you start praying Tahajjud, try not to give it up. If you’re interested in making the Tahajjud a regular part of your life, you may want to try setting a recurring alarm to wake you up during the night or even having a predetermined area in your house for performing this prayer.
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How can my dua be accepted soon?
Your dua will always be heard by Allah who will answer it how and when it is best for you, even though you may not realize it at the time.
What is the exact time for offering Tahajjud prayer?
Before the beginning time of fajr. This is different every day, so get a calendar with times. Do it in the last third of night. 20 – 30 minutes before beginning time for fajr is OK.
What are the surahs that should be recited in the rakaths of tahajjud prayers?
It is said that Al-Kafirun should be recited in the first Rakah and Al-Ikhlas in the second Rakah. But this is not compulsory.
Is 13 rakat okay for tajjud prayer?
Yes, the Prophet Muhammed used to pray up to 13 rakats.
I am confused about the timing of thajad prayer. For instance, if fajar starts at 6:15, can I wake up at 5:30-6:00, or do I need to wake up between 3:00 and 5:00?
You can wake up at 5:30 for tahjjud but it’s more important that you do not leave the fajar prayer.
After reciting the Al-Fatihah for the second rakat, do I recite the surah “Al-Ikhlas” in all eight rakats? Should there be a Kyaam (rest) between two rakats and special prayers in between?
Every two rakahs are paired into an unit. So Al-Ikhlas is recited in the second Rakah of the unit of prayer. You can recite the surahs of your choice if you wish to offer more than two rakah.
How many rakats are there in Tahajjud prayer?
Tahajjud has a minimum of two Rakah. The maximum number is your choice. Every two rakah is paired as one unit.
Because of my work schedule I am unable to pray five times. Is tahjjud still applicable for me?
No. Tahajjud is not at all mandatory but your regular five prayers are. So, you need to pray five times daily, no matter what.
How many rakat is tahajjud namaz?
As many as you can before you fall asleep, although the minimum requirement is two. The Prophet prayed 13 rakah daily.
Is there a certain time I should perform the Tahajjud prayer?
Between Isha and Fajr. It usually should be prayed during the last third of the night.
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To perform the Tahajjud prayer, start by waking up in the middle of the night after midnight and performing Wudu by cleansing yourself. Then, find a quiet and clean place where you can pray, like your bedroom. When you’re ready, perform at least 2 rakats, or cycles, of Salah. After you finish your rakats, add in a few of your own prayers to the Tahajjud. When you’re finished praying, go back to sleep until morning.
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- “The site of this intention is the heart. By simply deciding in his heart to do this action, a person has made his intention. Hence it is not prescribed to speak the intention out loud when one wants to do the action. Rather speaking the intention out loud is a kind of innovation that was not narrated in the Book of Allah or in the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), nor was it narrated from any of his Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them all). See al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 2/283.”
- Please ask a Muslim that you know to guide you with the pronunciation.
- Please beware that making the intention out loud before prayer is bid’ah (innovation)!
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