Tahajjud Salaah


Rasulullah (sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “The most virtuous of all salaah after the five compulsory salaahs is the salaah of the night (Tahajjud)” (At-Targheeb). Allah Ta’ala Himself praises those who perform Tahajjud Salaah, in the verse “They remain away from their beds, calling unto their Rabb in fear and hope…” (Surah Sajdah).



Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has emphasised the performance of this salaah and mentioned great virtues for it. He is reported to have said: “Be steadfast on the Salaah of the night (Tahajjud), for it is the way of the pious before you, a source of gaining closeness to your Rabb, it washes away your sins and is a shield against sins” (At-targheeb). It clear from the last portion of this Hadith that constancy on Tahajjud will insha Allah be a means of protection from sin. It is like wearing a spiritual bulletproof vest which will protect one from the missiles of nafs and shaitaan. In fact a narration of Tirmizi also states: “It dispels ailments from the body.”

The time of Tahajjud is also a special time for dua. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was once asked: “Which dua is closest to acceptance?” He replied: “After the obligatory salaah and in the last portion of the night (Mishkaat).”

During the month of Ramadhaan, the performance of Tahajjud is very easy since everyone wakes up for sehri. Make an effort to wake up a little earlier and perform few rakaats of Tahajjud. Thereafter engage in dua. Insha Allah you will benefit tremendously.

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