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Last updated: 9th April 2006
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9th April 2006

Q1) after carrying out takbeer tahreema in namaz, are you meant to read tawuz and tasmiya and then thana,or do you read tawuz and tasmiya after thana?
Q2) is tahajjud salah sunnat or nafil and what are the benefits of reading tahajjud?

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Answer last updated on:
28th September 2007
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Location: London

Assalamu alaikum,

A1) After reading Thana You then read Ta'awuz and Tasmiya (Qudoori).

A2.a) Tahajjud salah is a Nafl.

Allah Ta'ala says,

"And spend a portion of the night with the Quraan, as an additional prayer.? [17:79]

The ayah has exhorted us to perform Nafl Salaah at night. Although it is virtuous to perform the Tahajjud Salaah after rising up from ones sleep.

"Abu Hurayrah narrated that he had heard the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (SAW) say that Tahajjud Salah (Late Night Nafl Prayers) is the most important Salah (Prayers) after the Fard Salah (Compulsory Prayers).

b. Benefits of Tahajjud Salah:

Allah Ta'ala says, addressing Nabie [salallahu alaihi wasallam], "O you wrapped in a cloth, Stand [in prayer] by night except a portion, half of it or a little less, or a little more, and recite the Quraan in measured tones. Soon shall we send down to you a weighty message. Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing the soul, and most effective in speech [of praises and prayer]. [73:1-6]

These verses illustrate two benefits of Tahajjud.

1. "Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing the soul.?

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas [radhiyallahu anhu] said, "At the time of Tahajjud, there appears to be a great affinity between the heart and the ears.?

This is a time of peace and tranquillity in which the ears respond quicker and the heart is more alert and receptive to ones devotions. They react spontaneously to whatever is uttered by the tongue. Furthermore, the benefit of keeping the lowly desires in check and restraining it against evil and vice is also found in Tahajjud. [Ma'ariful Quraan vol. 8]

2. "And most effective in speech.?

The presence of the heart is conducive to a more meaningful and sincere recitation of the Quraan and submission. [Ma'ariful Quraan vol. 81

In another ayah, Allah Ta'ala says,

"As for the Righteous, they will be in the Gardens and fountains [of Jannah], with joy the rewards which their Lord gives them, before this [in the world] they were virtuous. They slept but little at night, and they prayed for forgiveness in the hours of early dawn. " [51:15:18]

These ayaat describe the qualities of the sincere believers and their everlasting rewards in the Hereafter. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas [radhiyallahu anhu] has stated that this ayah conveys glad tidings to all those who spend a portion of the night, however short it may be, in the Ibadah of Allah Ta'ala. [Ibne Katheer - Ma'ariful Quraan vol. 8]

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.