Performing Tahajjud prayer
Fatwa No: 84515

  • Fatwa Date:15-7-2002 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 6, 1423
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Question

In Tahajjud prayer, after Surah Al-Fatihah can we only recite Surah Al-Ikhlas in every Rak'ah for any number of times and make hundred, two hundred or thousand Ayah instead reciting other long Surah or chapters? Please explain how to perform Tahajjud prayer according to Sunnah?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

Repeating recitation of al-Ikhlas Surah in al-Tahajjud prayer. Yes, it is permitted since it is proved in a Hadith that 'Ayisha (Radiya Allahu Anha) said: "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) spent one night in Qiyam al-Lail (optional prayer at night) reciting one verse of the Qur'an" . [ al-Tirmizi ].
Other narrations of the above-mentioned Hadith state that verse is {"If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise."} [5: 118].
But, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) did not take such an action as a habit. So, one is advised not to stick to it unless he has not learnt by heart only that verse or Surah.
To know how to perform Tahajjud please read the Fatwa:
81337.                                                                                Allah knows best.

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