Importance of Tahajjud, the Night Prayers

It is said that anyone who wants to achieve something will perform Tahajjud, but anyone who wants nothing will not want to know the importance of night prayers.

Allah, the Most High said:

“Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (The recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.”

[Qur’an, 17: 78-79]

The time for Tahajjud is the time when Allah sends his angels to take the Duaa of all his servants who are deeply in need of his blessings. It is the time when Allah forgives all sinners who have repented for their sins. It is also the time when Allah accepts the Duaa for the things we wish for both in the Dunya and hereafter.

Tahajjud gets us closer to the Almighty Allah, the creator of every creature, the merciful and the most high. People that do night prayers get closer to Allah and are filled with brightness, peace and success in their lives.

The night prayer leads to contemplation as the things that busy the heart are mostly absent at night, so the heart is attentive and is with the tongue in worship.

Allah, the Most High says:

 ‘O! The night vigil is (a time) when impression is more keen and speech more certain. Lo! You have by day a chain of business. So remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself with a complete devotion.’ (Qur’an, 73: 6-7)

It is because of this that we have been commanded to recite the Qur’an in night prayer in a steady recital (Tartil).

Praying at night increases your chances of entering Jannah while also increasing your faith and your compassion towards mankind.

Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin.” [Tirmidhi and others] In some narrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.”

I hope with this reminder we will all start considering Tahajjud in our life schedules in order to succeed in Dunya and Akhirah.

May Allah make waking for Tahajjud easy for us all, and may He accept our Ibadat.

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