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How to Perform Tahajjud Prayer

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“Explore the significance of Tahajjud, a voluntary night prayer in Islam, for mental peace and spiritual growth. This step-by-step guide emphasizes flexibility, personal connection with Allah, and the optional Witr prayer, creating an opportunity for self-reflection and spiritual development.”

Tahajjud Prayer

Tahajjud prayer is a special nighttime prayer in Islam that is performed after the Isha prayer and before Fajr. It is not obligatory, but it is highly recommended for those who seek mental strength and peace. Tahajjud is like a personal talk with Allah where you can tell Him your worries and ask for forgiveness. The cool thing is, it’s the best kind of extra prayer you can pray. The best time to perform Tahajjud is from midnight to Fajr, especially in the last part of the night.

The word Tahajjud means “to give up sleep,” and this prayer is offered in the last third of the night. During this time, Allah comes to the lowest sky to see who is devotedly worshiping and leaving their sleep in the middle of the night. If you sincerely make DUA after praying Tahajjud, it’s like opening a door to say sorry to Allah and ask Him for help. In this blog, you can learn step-by-step how to perform Tahajjud Prayer.

Allah Almighty says in the Quran, Surah Al-Isra :

Quran talks about performing Tahajjud in Surah Al-Isra Ayat 79

And rise at the last part of the night, offering additional prayers, so your Lord may raise you to a station of praise. (Surah Al-Isra Ayat 79)

Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar:

A man said, “O Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W.)! How is the prayer of the night?” He said, “Two rak`at followed by two rak`at and so on, and when you apprehend the approaching dawn, offer one rak`a as witr.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari: 1137)

When can we Perform Tahajjud Prayer

The ideal time to offer Tahajjud prayer is when the night is at its darkest and most peaceful, and the world is asleep. It is believed that during this time, Allah’s mercy and forgiveness are at their peak, and the angels descend from heaven to collect the prayers of the faithful. Therefore, those who perform the Tahajjud prayer are said to receive great blessings and rewards from Allah, and their sins are forgiven.

Tahajjud Prayer Niyat

Niyat is the sincere desire to offer up prayers and duas to Allah Almighty. There is no verbal content or niyat for Tahajjud, but the intention of performing the Tahajjud prayer and seeking closeness with Allah Almighty is necessary. For example, your intention (Niyat) for Tahajjud prayer can be something like:

I intend to pray Tahajjud for two Rak’ahs (or more), seeking to get closer to Allah and to feel His pleasure. I am performing this prayer voluntarily for His sake and to seek His forgiveness and guidance.” 

Remember that the sincerity of your intention is more important than the specific words you use.

How Many Rakats are in Tahajjud

While there is no specific number of rakats for Tahajjud, it is generally accepted that two rakats are sufficient. However, one can repeat rakats as per their desire. It is crucial to keep in mind that rakats should be completed in pairs during the Tahajjud prayer. 

The prayer of the Prophet (S.A.W.) used to consist of thirteen rak’at, i.e. the night prayer, as narrated by Ibn Abbas. It is recommended to perform the Tahajjud prayer in the last third of the night after waking up from sleep. Tahajjud is a highly regarded prayer in Islam, and it is believed to bring numerous benefits to the worshipper, including increased blessings and closeness to Allah.

How to Perform Tahajjud Prayer

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to perform Tahajjud prayer:

  1. Wake up in the middle of the night after midnight and perform Wudu, the ritual ablution Muslims use to cleanse themselves before they pray or handle the Holy Quran.
  2. Find a quiet and clean place where you can pray, like your bedroom.
  3. Perform at least two rakats, or cycles, of Salah. If possible, it is best to pray it after midnight, especially during the last third of the night. This is because Allah descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, asking, “Who is asking me, so I can give to him? Who is calling upon me, so I can answer him? Who is seeking my forgiveness, so I can forgive him?” 
  4. Make DUA after praying Tahajjud. It is like opening a door to say sorry to Allah and ask Him for help.

How To Make Dua After Tahajjud Salaah?

Making dua after Tahajjud Salaah is a beautiful and opportune time to connect with Allah Almighty and seek His blessings, guidance, and forgiveness. It is believed to be one of the most rewarding prayers, and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to perform it consistently during his lifetime. After completing the Tahajjud Salaah, it is customary to engage in dua or supplication, which is a way of connecting with Allah (SWT) and asking for His favor, guidance, and forgiveness.

To make dua after Tahajjud Salaah, you can recite various prayers and supplications mentioned in Islamic literature. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite the following dua after Tahajjud prayer:

“Allahumma inni as’aluka bi rahmatika al-lati wasi’at kulla shay’in an taghfira li”

This dua translates to: “O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy that envelops everything, to forgive me.”

In addition to this dua, you can also make personal supplications in your language and ask Allah Almighty for your specific needs and desires. The Prophet (S.A.W.) also recited the following dua after Tahajjud salah:

Dua after Tahajjud salah

O Allah! All the praises are for you, You are the Holder of the Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You have the possession of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. The praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth And all the praises are for You; You are the King of the Heavens and the Earth; And all the praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the truth, And to meet You is true, Your Word is the truth And Paradise is true And Hell is true And all the Prophets (Peace be upon them) are true, And Muhammad is true, And the Day of Resurrection is true. O Allah! I surrender (my will) to You; I believe in You and depend on You. And repent to You, And with Your help, I argue (with my opponents, the non-believers) And I take You as a judge (to judge between us). Please forgive me my previous And future sins; And whatever I concealed or revealed And You are the One who make (some people) forward And (some) backward. There is none to be worshipped but you.

(Sahih al-Bukhari: 1120)

How to Perform Witr after Tahajjud

Witr is a special prayer that involves an odd number of rak’ahs. You can perform it in different ways, but usually, it has three rak’ahs. The best time to perform Witr is after Tahajjud, which is the night prayer that you do before dawn. However, if you are not sure that you will wake up for Tahajjud, you can also do Witr after Isha, which is the last obligatory prayer of the day.

The most important thing is to have sincere intentions and to pray for Allah’s pleasure. No matter how you perform Witr, you should always make your intentions clear and pray Witr regularly.


Tahajjud prayer is a special form of worship that allows believers to draw closer to Allah in the last third of the night. It is a voluntary prayer that requires sincerity, devotion, and reflection. This blog post has provided a practical step-by-step guide on how to perform Tahajjud prayer according to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The guide also explains the flexibility and personalization of Tahajjud prayer, as there is no fixed number of rak’ahs and the Witr prayer is optional. The main purpose of Tahajjud prayer is to engage in sincere supplication, gratitude, and repentance, which can enhance one’s spiritual connection with Allah and facilitate spiritual growth.

How to Start Praying Tahajjud

If you want to start praying Tahajjud, here are some things you should know:

  • Praying Tahajjud will bring you closer to Allah, and Allah will make all your affairs easy.
  • Your sustenance will increase, and Allah will grant a cure for your illnesses.
  • Allah will immediately give solutions to your problems.
  • During Tahajjud, Allah 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?”
  • Your Tahajjud duas will always come true. And if they don’t, Allah always gives you something better than what you prayed for. Always!

So, will you stay asleep or get up for Tahajjud? Share this with your friends and motivate them to pray Tahajjud.

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