I’d like to know the following regarding Tahajjud, please:
1) For one to acquire the rewards mentioned in the Hadith regarding Tahajjud, is it necessary for one to wake up and perform Tahajjud salah, or is it permissible for one to simply sit awake in one’s bed and make Dua at Tahajjud time?
2) if one begins making dua at Tahajjud time, but only completes one’s dua after the time of fajr has set in, will one’s dua still be considered as the dua made at the time of Tahajjud (I.e. will the dua still have the same status as the dua made at the time of Tahajjud)?
3) please could muftisaheb advise how to determine what time does the time of Tahajjud end?
4) can muftisaheb also advise if there’s any specific duas which should be made at the time of Tahajjud, please?
Wa ʿAlaykumus Salām Wa Rahmatullāhi Wa Barakātuh
- It is without a doubt that awakening after sleep and then performing Tahajjud Ṣalah is more strenuous and more rewarding.
However, if it is difficult for one to awaken from sleep to perform Tahajjud Ṣalāh, then it may be performed prior to sleeping.
Shaykh al-Ḥadīth, Moulānā Zakariyyā Kandehlawi (may Allāh have mercy on him) says:
“Tahajjud refers to the Ṣalāh that one performs after awakening from sleep. Offering a voluntary Ṣalāh after the ʿIshā prayer together with the appropriate intention also constitutes ‘Tahajjud’ in the metaphorical sense.”
- Those Duʿās that lapses into the time of Fajr will, In Shā Allāh, all be granted the same status as those Duʿās made at the time of Tahajjud.
- The time of Tahajjud commences after the performance of the ʿIshā Ṣalāh and expires at true dawn (al-Ṣubḥ al-Ṣādiq).
- The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes down (with His mercy) every night to the nearest Heaven to us, and when the last third of the night remains, he says: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?”
Based on this narration, we advise that you put all your needs before Allāh and make Duʿā for forgiveness.
Other than the above, there are no specific wordings that we have come across to be said when making Du’ā at the time of Tahajjud.