Ramadhan Reflections Day 21

– The Tahajud prayer started past midnight. I was fortunate enough to

wake up just in time for this prayer.

 

– What is then the meaning of Tahadjjud?

– Allah (SWT) in the Holy Qur’an has said, “And during the night,

wake up for salah, an additional prayer for you. It is very likely

that your Lord places you at a praised station.” (Surah Bani Israeel

v.79)

The word “Tahajud” has been derived from Hujud. It means in this

context ‘being awake with the Qur’an;” which indicates to a nightly

salah called the prayer of tahajud. Speaking generally, the prayer

said after waking up from a short sleep is called tahajud. But,

according to Tafsir Mazhari, the sense of the verse is no more than

sacrificing sleep to make salah during some part of the night. Very

similarly, it is also good if one begins by postponing the sleep for

tahajud and makes the salah. The condition that one has to sleep

before doing the prayer of tahajud is not found in the words used by

the Qur’an.

 

Hasan Basri (RA) says; “the prayer of tahajud holds good for every

prayer that is said after Isha and, it will be applied to that which

is said after some sleep. (Extracted from Maariful Qur’an p.533 –

p.538 v.5)

 

– Also, in the book of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 21, Number 221:

Narrated Ibn Abbas:

When the Prophet got up at night to offer the Tahajjud prayer, he

used to say:

Oh Allah! All the praises are for you, You are the Holder of the

Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. All the praises are

for You; You have the possession of the Heavens and the Earth And

whatever is in them. All the praises are for You; You are the Light

of the Heavens and the Earth And all the praises are for You; You are

the King of the Heavens and the Earth; And all the praises are for

You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the truth, And to meet You

is true, Your Word is the truth And Paradise is true And Hell is true

And all the Prophets (Peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad is

true, And the Day of Resurrection is true. O Allah ! I surrender (my

will) to You; I believe in You and depend on You. And repent to You,

And with Your help I argue (with my opponents, the non-believers) And

I take You as a judge (to judge between us). Please forgive me my

previous And future sins; And whatever I concealed or revealed And

You are the One who make (some people) forward And (some) backward.

There is none to be worshipped but you . Sufyan said that ‘Abdul

Karim Abu Umaiya added to the above,

 

‘Wala haula Wala quwata illa billah’ (There is neither might nor

power except with Allah).

 

– Brothers and sisters in Islam, lets spend more time in prayers for the last

remaining days of the Holy Month. May Allah (SWT) grant our prayers

that we will have peace and prosperity in our land. That Muslims and

Christians would respect and recognize the dignity of one another.

That we will work together to help our people who are suffering from

poverty, oppression, and social injustice…

 

‘Wala haula Wala quwata illa billah’ (There is neither might nor

 

power except with Allah).

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