The Blessing In The Tahajjud Prayer
The prayer of Tahajjud (night prayer) is a very special opportunity for us and we should not lose out on it. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:
“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)
There is a great reward for dedicating time and effort to pray the Tahajjud. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And the servants of the Most Merciful [Allah] are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace, and devote [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer].” (Qur’an 25:63-64)
We learn from this that part of being a righteous believer is praying the Tahajjud prayer. Therefore, this verse reinforces the importance of committing to the Tahajjud prayer.
Tahajjud is also described in a hadith as the best of prayers, amongst the prayers that are not prescribed (compulsory). We read in the hadith:
“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)
The description in this hadith about Tahajjud prayer should make us reflect. If Tahajjud is described as the best of prayers after the ones that are prescribed, why should we not make the effort to pray it?
Why are we allowing ourselves to lose out on such a great reward? There are many things we put in extra effort for in this life, to achieve success in terms of worldly things. We should shift our focus to what really matters and add the Tahajjud prayer to our daily routines.
Furthermore, Tahajjud is also described as a way to be nearer to Allah. We read in a hadith:
“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, expiation for transgressions and a barrier from sins.” (Tirmidhi)
This hadith tells us to give the Tahajjud prayer its due importance. It is a prayer that was practised by the pious, so as we strive to be like them, likewise dedicating ourselves to Tahajjud. As Muslims, we hope to be near to Allah, so we should take advantage of this opportunity that Allah has blessed us with and become ever-closer to Him.
We also learn from this hadith that the Tahajjud prayer acts as a barrier from sin. We have all made mistakes and it is our duty to repent to Allah. Therefore, we should use the opportunity of Tahajjud to protect ourselves from sins. There are many things in this world that are there to test us and test whether or not we will abstain from them by having strong faith. Performing Tahajjud will inevitably be of great help in this.