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And in the hours before dawn, they were found asking Allah for forgiveness. 51:18

‘Ibad-ur Rahman – Diligence and Consistence in Praying Tahajjud | Part 3

Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

The verse 64 of the surat Al-Furqan 25 tells us the 3rd beautiful characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman.

 Wallatheena yabeetoonalirabbihim sujjadan waqiyama
“And those who spend the night in worship of their Rabb, prostrate and standing.”
{Surah Al Furqan 25: Verse 64}

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3rd Characteristic: They are diligent and consistent in their Tahajjud
They are dedicated, consistent and diligent in their night prayers i.e. tahajjud. They love to wake up for tahajjud for nothing else but for the pleasure of Allah  . They will do their absolute best to never miss their tahajjud.

Allah  says:

“They used to sleep but little by night. And in the hours before dawn, they were found asking Allah  for forgiveness.”
{Surat Adh Dhariyat 51: Verses 17-18}

“Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Rabb in fear and hope…”
{Surat As-Sajdah 32: Verse 16}

There is hardly a night that would pass by that ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do not pray to Allah  – even if it’s just a little part of the night. They will forsake their sleep and comfortable beds just to seek the pleasure of Allah , invoking Him in fear of punishment while hoping for His reward, and seeking His forgiveness right before dawn.

What is the difference between Tahajjud and Qiyam-ul-layl?
Linguistically, qiyam means to stand. Therefore qiyamul-layl means to stand in the night, and it was understood by the ulama’ that it also includes all types of worship performed throughout the night.

Tahajjud comes from the word hujood (ha-ja-da) which linguistically means doing the opposite of something. So,  in essence, it means going to sleep, and then doing the opposite by waking up. Therefore, tahajjud means waking up after sleeping and it became a name for prayer because a person wakes up for it.

Heart-rendering encouragements by RasulAllah  and righteous predecessors to pray tahajjud
Our Rabb  admires a man who leaves his mattress and slips away from his wife, to go and pray. Allah  says:

“O My angels, look at My slave. He has left his mattress and cover and slipped away from his lover and wife to pray,
out of hope for what is with Me and out of fear of what is with Me.”
[Ahmad, Grade: Hasan]

Our Rabb, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven towards us when the last third of the night remains, saying:

“Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation?
Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request?
Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Ibn ‘Abbas  said:

“Every night, they would worship Allah , even during a little part of the night.”

Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri  was asked why are the faces of those who perform night prayers shine more brightly than others? He  answered:

“It’s because when they are alone with the light of the All-Merciful,
He clothes them with light from His Light.”

SubhanAllah, that’s how close a person gets to Allah  with tahajjud! There is no more intimate conversation between a slave and his Rabb  than waking up from sleep and pray tahajjud for no other reason than to seek the pleasure and forgiveness of his Rabb .

“But this is too difficult for me…”
The thought of waking up for tahajjud can be pretty overwhelming at first. But if we truly want to pray tahajjud, all we have to do is just give it a try. I’m not even talking about spending a third or half of the night praying, but just get up ten minutes before fajr because that third of the night is still there in those last 10 minutes! From then on, we work our way up, in sha’ Allah.

Do not immediately set ourselves difficult goals like: I want to pray three hours of tahajjud! We will end up burning ourselves out and stop trying the next day. If we over exhaust ourselves, we won’t be able to maintain consistency.
So start with humble steps and build our momentum little by little.

Sleep early.

Then on the first night, wake up 10 or 15 minutes before fajr and just do 2-raka’aat, or recite short surats like surah Al-Asr or surah Al-Kafirun.
Then the next month (not the next day!), increase the numbers of raka’ah, increase the time spent, or recite longer surah.

Keep on increasing in the following months.
In sha’ Allah, it is doable!

You may also read Qiyam: 14 Tips to Consistently Pray the Night Prayer for more awesome tips!

Alhamdulillah, we have covered the 3rd characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. I pray Allah  makes it easy for each and every one of us to be diligent and consistent with our tahajjudAllahumma ameen.

We will continue with the subsequent characters of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman in the next posts, in sha’ Allah.

Ibad-ur Rahman Characteristics Recap

Third Characteristic

They are dedicated, diligent, and consistent with their tahajjud. They love to wake up for tahajjud to seek the pleasure and forgiveness of Allah  . They will do their absolutely very best to never miss it.

Authored by Aida Misr
Edited by Tasneem Moolla

"Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah." [Bukhari 3461]

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