The Value of Tahajjud

25 August by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:
إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ اللَّيْلِ هِيَ أَشَدُّ وَطْئًا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلًا
(Qur’ān 73:06). ‘Inna Nāshi’ata Al-Layli Hiya ‘Ashaddu Waţ’āan Wa ‘Aqwamu Qīlāan’, ‘Verily, the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allah).’ Sadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says the night is more difficult. It has more Thawab and is more powerful. Worship performed at night is much more superior than worship performed during the day. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says that because it is difficult for people to get up from their sleep.

Praying at least two Rakā’at by getting up for Tahajjud prayer before Fajr prayer is more virtuous than praying a thousand Rakā’at during the day. Therefore, it is more valuable. The more difficulty there is, the more favors and rewards Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla gives to people. He ﷻ gives more Thawab, increases their Maqam and Barakah becomes more. Tahajjud is getting up after going to bed.

As it is difficult to get up for Tahajjud and Fajr prayer – some people lead night life. There are two types of night life: one is on the way of Allah ﷻ and the other one is on the way of shaytan. In the night life on the way of shaytan, they run around until before Tahajjud. They go to bed right then and don’t get up. They don’t pray at all anyway. They miss the virtue of that time as they are together with shaytan.

Otherwise, believers go to bed on time and get up on time. And they are present at Fajr prayer. Whoever can, goes to mosque. Who cannot go, prays at home. But they surely must pray before the sun rises. And if they can pray at least two Rakā’at of Tahajjud before Fajr prayer, it is even better. They can pray more: 8, 10 or 12 Rakā’at. But if it is too difficult, praying at least two Rakā’at is a great profit and great benefit for them. It has a very high value.

People nowadays see the value only as physical interest. The real interest and benefit is the spiritual benefit. Allah ﷻ is not granting this to everyone. Whoever is granted this is a profitable and lucky person. May Allah ﷻ give this beauty to all of us. It is beneficial from all aspects. It has great benefit both physically and spiritually.

The virtue of the times of prayers is great too. From all aspects: in virtue, benefit, health and Barakah, it is a great profit. May Allah ﷻ make it perpetual insha’Allah. Those who do it must make Shukr to Allah ﷻ. Those who don’t do it should make effort to do so insha’Allah.

Shaytan doesn’t want it. Shaytan never wants any goodness for you. When shaytan says, “Lie down, you will get up later. You are tired”, people think he is doing goodness to them. Whereas shaytan says, “I don’t want you to be in profit”. He wishes all kinds of evil and badness to happen to you out of his envy and evil. May Allah ﷻ protect us from the evil of shaytan and the evil of the ego. May He ﷻ give us strong Iman. Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.

There are recited Qur’an Khatms, Ayat, Surahs, Tasbihat, Tahlilat and Salawat. We gift all of these beautiful recited recitations firstly to our Holy Prophet ﷺ, his Ahlu l-Bayt and Sahabah, the souls of all Anbiya, Awliya, Asfiya, the souls of our late relatives, the souls of our Mashayikh, the souls of all of our late relatives. May goodness come insha’Allah and evil be gone. May we have the strength of Iman. May we have Barakah. May all kinds of goodness happen. May evil be gone. May disasters be away insha’Allah. May we have strong Iman. Li-Llahi Ta’ala l-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

25 August 2023/9 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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