Motivating ourselves to pray Tahajjud
We may understand how special Tahajjud (night prayer) is, but often find it difficult to motivate ourselves to wake up and participate in the prayer. We should remind ourselves that managing our sleep routine in order to help us wake up for Tahajjud is our own responsibility. In the Hereafter, each person will be accounted for their own deeds – Tahajjud gives us an opportunity to build on our good deeds. Tahajjud is also an opportunity for us pray to Allah about our hopes as well as our stresses.
We should remind ourselves that Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an about Tahajjud:
“And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” (Qur’an 17:79)
We must manage our sleep routine in a way that will help us wake up for Tahajjud, and this is purely down to us. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves.” (Qur’an 13:11)
We should not lose out on the blessing in Tahajjud just because we were heedless about our sleep routine. We should remind ourselves of how careful we are about waking up to go to work or an important appointment, and ask ourselves why we do not do that for Tahajjud. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:
“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good” (Bukhari).
Reminding ourselves that we are supposed to be preparing for the Hereafter will also motivate us to wake up for Tahajjud. This life is temporary, whilst the life of the Hereafter is eternal. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in hadith:
“The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean.” (Sahih Muslim)
Therefore, we should motivate ourselves to wake up for Tahajjud by reminding ourselves of this. Also, we know that this world can distract us from thinking about the Hereafter. Being wary of this will help us to work harder to strive to pray Tahajjud. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?” (Qur’an 6:32)
Furthermore, when are trying to feel motivated to pray Tahajjud, we should think about our aims as well as our stresses. What are we really doing to achieve the aims and hopes that we have in this life? What are we doing to cope with our stresses?
Of course, it is not enough to just work hard with our own efforts. We all need Allah, as He is ultimately in charge everything. Only He decides whether or not we will achieve something. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is. So exalted is He in whose hand is the realm of all things, and to Him you will be returned.” (Qur’an 36:82-83)