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    Question Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??



    I am aware that the best time to pray Tahajjud is the last third of the night.

    1. My Question is If I am to pray Tahajjud in the first third of the night after Isha. Is it obligatory that i sleep in the period between Isha and Tahajjud prayers?

    2. If yes, for how long should i sleep? (Will a few minutes sleep be sufficient or just dozing off is enough)

    Opinions of both Shafi'i and Hanafi Madhab will be appreciated.


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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??



    very nice question , i wanted to ask the same thing. Esp during ramadan , isha is late at night followed by 20 rakah taraweeh. Fajr is early in the morning, around 4.5 hours after taraweeh till fajr azan. If i dont sleep in those 4 and half hours , would my late night prayer be considered as tahajudd ?
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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??

    Quote Originally Posted by azhar123 View Post


    I am aware that the best time to pray Tahajjud is the last third of the night.

    1. My Question is If I am to pray Tahajjud in the first third of the night after Isha. Is it obligatory that i sleep in the period between Isha and Tahajjud prayers?

    2. If yes, for how long should i sleep? (Will a few minutes sleep be sufficient or just dozing off is enough)

    Opinions of both Shafi'i and Hanafi Madhab will be appreciated.



    Don't know about Shafi'i. I will just repeat what I've heard from my Teachers.

    1. Sleeping is not obligatory. It is Sunnah. If you don't sleep before tahajjud, Tahajjud will still be Tahajjud. But the real Sunnah of Tahajjud is to sleep before it.

    2. Few minutes is also sufficient.



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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??

    Quote Originally Posted by hazratji View Post


    very nice question , i wanted to ask the same thing. Esp during ramadan , isha is late at night followed by 20 rakah taraweeh. Fajr is early in the morning, around 4.5 hours after taraweeh till fajr azan. If i dont sleep in those 4 and half hours , would my late night prayer be considered as tahajudd ?


    Yes it will be considered Tahajjud.


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    ulema say even before witr u make niyyat of 2 rakat of tahjjud u will be counted amongst the one who is punctual with tahajjud....so i guess the answer is NO u dont gotta sleep
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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??

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    Yes it will be considered Tahajjud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taliban View Post


    Don't know about Shafi'i. I will just repeat what I've heard from my Teachers.

    1. Sleeping is not obligatory. It is Sunnah. If you don't sleep before tahajjud, Tahajjud will still be Tahajjud. But the real Sunnah of Tahajjud is to sleep before it.

    2. Few minutes is also sufficient.

    Maulana

    Can someone post the Shafi'i opinion also please.

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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??

    What is the difference between Qiyam ul Layl and Tahajud? Also, What are the rewards for he who prays these prayers?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Qiyaam al-layl means spending the night, or part of it, even if it is only one hour, in prayer, reading Qur’aan, remembering Allah (dhikr) and other acts of worship. It is not stipulated that it should take up most of the night.

    It says in Maraaqi al-Falaah: What is meant by qiyaam is spending most of the night in worship, or it was said: spending one hour of it, in reading Qur'aan, listening to hadeeth, glorifying Allah (tasbeeh) or sending blessings upon the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). End quote.

    Al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah al-Kuwaitiyyah, 34/117.

    Tahajjud means specifically praying at night, and some scholars limited it to prayers that are offered at night after sleeping.

    Al-Hajjaaj ibn ‘Amr al-Ansaari (may Allah be pleased with him) said: One of you thinks that if he gets up at night and prays until morning comes that he has done tahajjud. But in fact tahajjud means praying after sleeping, then praying after sleeping. That is how the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah upon him) prayed. Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said in al-Talkhees al-Habeer (2/35): Its isnaad is hasan; it includes Abu Saalih, the scribe of al-Layth, and it is somewhat weak. It was also narrated by al-Tabaraani, whose isnaad includes Ibn Luhay‘ah, whose report is supported by the one that came before it. End quote.

    Thus it becomes clear that qiyaam al-layl is more general than tashahhud, because it includes prayer and other actions, and it includes prayer before and after sleeping.

    But tahajjud is exclusively praying, and there are two opinions concerning it. The first is that it means praying at any time of the night, which is the view of the majority of fuqaha’.

    The second is that it is prayer after sleeping.
    See: al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah, 2/232.

    Al-Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “And in some parts of the night (also) offer the Salaah (prayer) with it (i.e. recite the Qur’aan in the prayer) as an additional prayer (Tahajjud optional prayer Nawâfil) for you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم). It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqâm Mahmûd (a station of praise and glory, i.e., the honour of intercession on the Day of Resurrection)” [al-Isra’ 17:97]:

    Tahajjud comes from hujood, which is doing one thing and the opposite, it so the word hajada may mean he slept or it may mean he stayed up at night, which are opposites.

    Tahajjud means waking up after sleeping, and it became a name for prayer, because the individual wakes up for it. So tahajjud means getting up to pray at night. This meaning was given by al-Aswad, ‘Ilqimah, ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn al-Aswad and others.

    Ismaa‘eel ibn Ishaaq al-Qaadi narrated from the hadeeth of al-Hajjaaj ibn ‘Amr, the Companion of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah upon him) that he said: Does one of you think that if he gets up and spends the entire night in prayer that he had prayed tahajjud? Rather tahajjud is praying after sleeping, then praying after sleeping, then praying after sleeping. This is how the Messenger of Allah (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) prayed.

    And it was said tahajjud means sleep, as it is said in Arabic, Tahajjada al-rajul, meaning the man stayed up, and alqa al-hujood, i.e., sleep. And the one who gets up to pray is called mutahajjid. End quote from Tafseer al-Tabari, 10/307.


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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??



    @abulayl

    This is what i understood from your post.

    Qiyaam Al Layl = Spending the whole night or a part of it in Ibadah, which maybe anything like Salah, reciting Quran dikr etc.

    Tahajjud = Praying nafl Salah after a period of Sleep at night.
    Edit 2: (according to second opinion it is not necessary to sleep)

    Am i right?



    Edit: I would like someone to confirm if the sleeping before Tahajjud is Shart(necessary condition) or just Sunnah.

    P.s. I thought Qiyaam Al Layl was standing at night in salah and was same as Tahajjud, I guess i was wrong.


    Edit 2: I just noticed the bold part

    But tahajjud is exclusively praying, and there are two opinions concerning it. The first is that it means praying at any time of the night, which is the view of the majority of fuqaha’.

    The second is that it is prayer after sleeping. See: al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah, 2/232.
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    Default Re: Is sleeping mandatory before praying Tahajjud(Night prayer) ??

    the main issue is about praying at night. tahajjud and qiyam al lail is same, you will get the reward of prayer. but when you sleep and that wake up, it contains more struggle and sacrifice, for which you obviously get more reward. but the prayer itself is same.


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