Part 2 The Importance of Tahajjud
If you wish to become close to Allah, Stay steadfast on tahajjud. It is the best time to converse with Allah. The appropriate time for seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Reading tahajjud is an act which draws the mercy of Allah, a means of attaining Allah’s pleasure, a way of gaining a high station in paradise,
the perfect opportunity to have your duas accepted and a way of saving oneself from ostentation (Riyaa), a method of gaining blessings in your wealth, a channel to acquire Allah’s help for those involved in Deeni works, A practice of the pious of the previous nations and a sign of the pious of this ummah.
1) Sakr Al-Ghamidi reports that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "O Allah bless my Ummah in what they do early (in the day)
جامع الترمذی كتاب البيوع، باب ما جاء في التبكير في التجارة حدیث 1212
2) Abu Umamah (ra) reports that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Hold fast to Qiyam al-Lail (Tahajjud), for it is the practice of the righteous before you, and indeed Qiyam al-Lail is a means of nearness to Allah, a means of prevention from sin, an expiation for bad deeds, and a barrier for the body against disease.”
جامع الترمذی، کتاب الدعوات،باب دعا اللھم برد قلبی حدیث 3549
3) Ali (ra) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said "Indeed in Paradise there are chambers whose outside can be seen from their inside, and their inside can be seen from their outside." A Bedouin stood and said: "Who are they for O Prophet of Allah?" he said: "For those who speak well, feed others, fast regularly, and perform Salat for Allah during the night while the people sleep."
جامع الترمذی، ابواب الجنۃ، باب ماجاء فی صفۃ غرف الجنۃ
4) Abu Hurayrah (ra) reports the Prophet (ﷺ) said: May Allah have mercy on a man who gets up at night and prays, and awakens his wife; if she refuses, he should sprinkle water on her face. May Allah have mercy on a woman who gets up at night and prays, and awakens her husband; if he refuses, she would sprinkle water on his face.
سنن ابی داؤد، کتاب التطوع، باب قیام اللیل، حدیث : 1308
Tahajjud has a minimum of 2 rakaats. Nabi (ﷺ)’s habit was to read 8. A person should go to sleep after esha and wake up during the night and offer tahajjud. The best time is the last portion of the night. If you are certain that you will wake up: you can delay your witr till after tahajjud and read 8 rakaats tahajjud and 3 witr. If you are not certain then read your witr with your esha. It is more virtuous to offer tahajjud at home however if you wish to nurture your students or mureeds and offer tahhajjud in the masjid then it is fine rather it is hoped you will gain more reward.
All those who are connected to Aalami Ittihaad Ahlus Sunnat Wal Jamaat should make tahajjud a part of their daily routine. Make an effort to sleep early and wake up for tahajjud, even if in the beginning you have to set an alarm. It provides strength in the work you do. It helps you control your nafs and saves you from the whispers of shaytaan, through which a person gains sincerity and by being punctual on tahajjud a person becomes punctual on shariat.
Muhammad Ilyas Ghumman
Thursday 26th January 2017
Translated by Mawlana Yousaf Baig