Way of offering Tahajjud prayer

Sunday, March 31, 2019 / 0 Comment(s)

Tahajjud prayer is offered after isha and before Fajr. The best time to offer Tahajjud is the third and last part of the night. Tahajjad can be prayed even ten minutes before the Fajr. It is better to sleep and then wake up for Tahajjad. There is great importance of Tahajjud in Islam.

Parts of Tahajjud:

There can be one or more than one part of Tahajjud i.e., two rikaat nafl or more than one nafl i.e., nawafil. You can pray two rikaat nafl i.e., one nafl in Tahajjud or you can pray nawafil in Tahajjud.

Steps of offering Tahajjud:

After doing wudhu, you can offer Tahajjad according to the following steps;

Two rikaat nafl:

  • Neeyat:
    Neeyat is the first step of the two rikaat nafl for Tahajjud prayer. We state our neeyat (intention) that we are going to offer the salat-e-Tahajjud. In the neeyat we state, “I intend to perform two rikaat nafl for Allah at time of namaz-e-haazir with my face towards Khana Kabah,” and then we raise hands in a manner in the image below in article and say, “Allahu Akbar.”   
  • First rikaat:
    After neeyat, first rikaat of nafl of Tahajjud namaz is offered. In first rikaat after neeyat, while folding hands on chest, we recite Subhanaka then taaooz, then tasmeeh and then Surat ul Fatiha. After Surah e Fatiha, we recite a surat of Quran. Usually, Muslims recite Surah e Ikhlas. After reciting Surah-e-Ikhlas, Allahu Akbar is said again while hands are folded on chest. Then we go in Ruku and recite, “Subhana Rabbiyal Azeem” three times and return to the standing position with hands down and recite, “Sami Allahu Liman hamida rabbana lakal hamd.” After that, we say Allahu Akbar again in the same standing position. Then we go to prostration (sajdah) and recite, “Subhana Rabbiyal Ala” thrice. After sajdah we rise, sit and say, “Allahu Akbar.” Then we again go in sajdah and say “Subhana Rabbiyal Ala” thrice and rise, sit and say, “Allahu Akbar” again. Here first rikaat gets over.
  • Second rikaat:
    At completion of first rikaat, we stand up again and recite Surah e Fatiha with Surah ikhlas in the same standing position while folding the hands on the chest. Same steps of saying Takbir, performing ruku, two sajdahs and all other steps included in first rikaat are performed in the second rikaat.

    After second sajdah in second rikaat, while sitting in the position shown below in image, we recite At-tahiyyat then Tashahhud with first finger of right hand raised. Then we lower down the finger after reciting Tashahhud till “muhammadan” and continue the recitation of remaining part of Tashahhud. Then we recite darood shareef and Rabbana or Rabb-e-ja’alni.
  • Salam:
    After reciting Rabbana or Rabb-e-ja’alni we turn our face towards right side or right shoulder and say, “As Salaam-u alaikum wa rahmatullahe wabarakatu.” Then we turn our face towards left side and say, “As Salaam-u alaikum wa rahmatullahe wabarakatu.” This is called salam and two rikaat nafl of Tahajjud prayer is finished here. And simultaneously, Tahajjud prayer is completed here if you are praying only one nafl in it.

After the completion of one nafl, if you want to offer more nawafil then you can offer them in the same way as first nafl is offered.

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