If there's one way to get closer to Allah fast, it's by praying Qiyaamul Lail/ Tahajjud. What is Tahajjud, you ask? It's a Sunnah prayer that one observes in the last third of the night, which is time between Isha and Fajr. The word Tahajjud implies that one should sleep (after Isha has been performed) and rise after sleeping a portion of the night. The essence of it is waking up during those hours of the night when everyone else is asleep. This salaat was obligatory for the Prophet (s.a.w) and some say that Muslims being his followers are obligated to do so as well. You can take it for how ever you want to; it's Sunnah, not Fard. But any Sunnah (that is beneficial to one's spiritual growth) is just icing on top, inshAllah the Prophet's practices of which are spiritually beneficial will make us closer to Allah.
During the hours of Isha and Fajr Allah stw answers (inshAllah) His creation's prayers. The Prophet (s.a.w) was quoted saying this below:
“Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?’” (Al-Bukhari)
“The closest that a slave comes to his Lord is during the middle of the latter portion of the night. If you can be among those who remember Allah the Exalted One at that time, then do so.” (At-Tirmidhi)
In the Quran Allah emphasis the difference between ones who observe Tahajjud and ones who do not.
" Is one who worships devoutly during the hours of the night prostrating himself or standing (in addition), who takes heed of the Hereafter, and who places his hope in the mercy of his Lord (like one who does not)? Say: are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endowed with understanding that receive admonition." ( Al- Quran, 39:9)
"The slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: 'Peace' and they who spend the night prostrating before their Lord and standing." (Al-Furqan: 63-64)
So you're all excited and want to know how to perfom Tahajjud. Well here's two websites that will help ya! I've done the research, and this is correct way to perform the prayer.
Tahajjud: Virtues and Way of Performance This website will tell you exactly what you need to do.
The supplications can be recited in whatever language I believe, but as far as reciting the last ten verses of Surat Al `Imran they should be recited in Arabic. So here's the phonetics of saying the last ten surahs in Arabic :). Last ten versus of Al-Imran in Phonetics
So now you know how the benefits of Tahajjud/ Qiymaamul Lail and how to perform it correctly. InshAllah that was a little green tea for your Iman today! PEACE OUT!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Posted by Almallena at 4:08 AM