Tahjjud Prayers
  • Question:

    Please explain the procedure and recitations of the Tahjjud prayer.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Tahajjud prayer is the nightly vigil prayer that one voluntarily offers [as nafl].

    The timing for Tahajjud prayer is after ʿIshāʾ up until, just before the beginning time for Fajr. One can perform Tahajjud prayers anytime during this time frame.

    “And in some parts of the night offer the ṣalāh (ritual prayer) with it (reciting the verses of the Quʿrān), as an additional prayer (Tahajjud)” (Quʿrān: 17:79)

    The most appropriate way of offering Tahajjud (nightly vigil prayer) is to offer them after waking up from sleep. However scholars do agree that it is not an absolute requirement to first go to bed after ʿIshāʾ prayer. Hence it would be permissible to stay awake after ʿIshāʾ prayers and perform the Tahajjud prayers before going to bed.

    Tahajjud can be offered in as many rakā’ahs as possible, preferably in sets of two rakā’ahs.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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