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IMPORTANCE OF TAHAJJUD PRAYER

All praise be to Allah.

Tahajjud is important and beneficial prayer, especially because one has to rouse from one's slumber in the depths of the night after a long and hectic day.

“And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing (in prayer)” [Quran, 25: 64]

The prayer of tahajjud is one of the supreme sign of the true believer of Islam that is why Allah SWT has declared them as His loyal servants in the above verse of Furqan e Hameed. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to offer this Namaz frequently, which increases it importance in a Muslim`s life manifold.

“The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allah, Muharram.”(Muslim)

From this hadith, we come to conclusion that the night prayer or tahajjud is most desirable supplication after Farz prayer near Almighty Allah. It is the source of attaining nearness to the almighty.

Allah says in glorious Quran:

“Be vigilant in standing up [in prayer] at night, for it was the practice of the pious before you. It is a means of gaining proximity to Allah Ta’ala, expiation for transgressions and a barrier from sins.” (Tirmidhi)

Tahajjud is the key towards piety and faithfulness.

The Messenger (PBUH) has regarded this Salah as a great source of getting rid of satanic influence and attainment of almost all kinds of just desires and aspirations.

Narrated by Uqba ibn Amir (R.A):

“When one, out of two persons of my Ummah gets up at night and motivates himself for Wudhu despite not feeling to do so since, Shaytaan had tied knots on him. When he washes his two hands in Wudhu, one knot is loosened, when he washes his face, another knot is loosened when he wipes his head with wet hands another knot is loosened when he washes his feet yet another knot is loosened. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says to those behind the veil- His angels: “Look at My slaves! How much hardship he is enduring in dealing with his Nafs (inner self), so now whatever this slave asks of Me, it will be granted to him.” (Ahmad)

The above hadith clearly signifies the importance of Tahajjusd, the positive effects start from ablution and defeat Shaytaan who doesn't want a person to stand in front of Allah and call upon Him.

When one gets rid of Satan and its influence, resultantly it leads towards the adoption of vital piousness and nearness to the Almighty, Who likes this act of His servant to the extent that He speaks to His Angels about it. Then, He tells them that He will grant His disciple with whatever it wishes for. All of this discussion elaborates the degree of importance of the Night Prayer, which is the greatest among all of the rest of Nafl (non-obligatory) worships.

May Allah bless us all.

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