Sleeping Before Tahajjud

Question:

Assalam Alaikum wrwb!!

I want to know is it compulsory for tahujad Salah to sleep before? If a person awakes till 3 am can he/she then perform the Salah? I have heard from many people’s that it’s necessary to sleep before. Pls give me the authentic answer.

JazakiAllah Al khair

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Answer:

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The preferred time for Tahajjud Ṣalāh is when one wakes up from sleep in the last portion of the night. However, if one is unable to wake up in the last portion of the night to perform Tahajjud Ṣalāh, he may perform few Rak’āt Nafl with the intention of Tahajjud before going to sleep. [1]

The time for Tahajjud remains until al-Ṣubḥ al-Ṣādiq (break of dawn).

And Allah Ta‘ālā knows best       
Maulana Bilal Issak
Fatwa Dept.

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai


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البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق ومنحة الخالق وتكملة الطوري دار الكتاب الإسلامي  2/ 56

وروى ابن خزيمة مرفوعا «عليكم بقيام الليل فإنه دأب الصالحين قبلكم وقربة إلى ربكم ومكفرة للسيئات ومنهاة عن الإثم» وروى الطبراني مرفوعا «لا بد من صلاة بليل ولو حلب شاة وما كان بعد صلاة العشاء فهو من الليل» اهـ

وهو يفيد أن هذه السنة تحصل بالتنفل بعد صلاة العشاء قبل النوم وقد تردد في فتح القدير في صلاة التهجد أهي سنة في حقنا أم تطوع وأطال الكلام على وجه التحقيق كما هو دأبه وأوسع منه ما ذكره في أواخر شرح منية المصلي

فتاوى محمودية – ج 7 ص 234 – جامعة فاروقية كراتشي

فتاوى رحيمية – ج 5 ص 220/227 – دار الاشاعت


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