Giving up the Tahajjud prayer
Fatwa No: 135332

  • Fatwa Date:9-5-2010 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 26, 1431
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Question

Assalaam - O - Alaikum,
I have heard from an Ustad that when you start preforming the tahajjud salaat, you have to continue this every night. And the place or room must only be used to preform this salaat. One can not sleep in the place or the room, because the Jinns will harm that person who sleeps there and did not awake to preform the salaat. They will harm the person in a way as to break his neck, or cause him to feel pain. Also have I heard that Jinns preform the tahajjud salaat with you by standing right next to you. Are these sayings correct. I would like to know, because my mother is stopping from preforming the tahajjud salaat because of these reasons mentiond above. Please advise me on this. Jazak Allah Khair. Wasalaam

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

As for the statement that it is forbidden to use the place of Tahajjud for sleeping and that whoever sleeps there, the jinn will harm him, then it has no evidence from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and no scholar stated this as far as we know. Indeed, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said about the night prayer: "If any of you feels sleepy during the prayer, then he should sleep so that he would know what he recites.” [Al-Bukhari] Had sleeping at the place of the prayer been forbidden, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) would have clarified it and he [the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] used to perform Tahajjud prayer where he sleeps according to the Hadeeth narrated by ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her and by other Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them.

As regards performing the night prayer without interruption, then this is very desirable and it is disliked to stop praying at night, as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The most beloved actions to Allaah, are those done regularly even if they are small.” [Muslim] Moreover, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him: "O ‘Abdullaah! Do not be like so and so who used to perform the night prayer and then he stopped praying it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “This Hadeeth proves that it is desirable to keep doing the good deeds that a person used to do without being negligent about them, and we deduce from it the dislikeability of interrupting an act of worship even if it is not an obligatory one.” For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 81337.

As regards the statement that the jinn pray behind a person who stands in prayer at night, then we are not aware of any Sharee’ah-based evidence that confirms or denies it.

Therefore, we advise your mother to continue the night prayer and not abandon doing so because of the reason that you mentioned in the question. If she sleeps during some nights and does not stand in prayer (at night), she is not sinful because the night prayer is desirable and not an obligation. 

Allaah Knows best.

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