Tahajud should be read alone.
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Tahujjad should be read in discreet. is it true
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Tahajud should be
In the name of Allah,
We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah
guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide
them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah
Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the
seal of His Messengers.
Other than the obligatory
prayers which a believing male has been commanded to offer them in congregation
in the masaajids, all the other Nafl or Sunnah prayers one offers are best
prayed at home.
The ‘tahajjud’ or
‘qiyam-ul-layl’ or the night prayers one offers are from amongst the ‘nafl’ or
voluntary prayers, and in light of the clear guidance of the Messenger of Allah
(saws), the reward of offering all such ‘nafl’ and ‘sunnah’ prayers at home
alone are more than if offered in the masjid.
Supererogatory Prayers in One's House
Hadrat Jabir (r.a.)
reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "If one of you offers
his prayers in the Mosque then he should make a portion of his (voluntary
Sunnah or Nafl) prayers in his house, as Allah has made his (voluntary) prayers
in his house a means of betterment (for him)." Related by Ahmad and
Hadrat Umar ibn
Al-Khattab (r.a.) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "The
nawafil salah of a man in his house are a light; whoever wishes should lighten
up his house."
Related by Ahmad.
Hadrat Abdullah ibn
Umar (r.a.) reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "Make some of your (voluntary)
prayers in your houses and do not turn your houses into graveyards."
Related by Ahmad
and Abu Dawud.
Hadrat Zaid ibn
Thabit (r.a.) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "A
person's salah in his house is better than his salah in my mosque, except for
the fard salah."
Related by Abu
These hadith prove that it is
preferred to say one's voluntary (Nafl and/or Sunnah) prayers in one's house
since prayers in one's house are better than those that he performs in the masjids.
Imam An-Nawawi says: "The Prophet
(saws) encouraged the believers to offer their voluntary prayers in their homes
because then the prayers are more private and will have less of a chance of
being done for show, and will be free from defects that vitiate good deeds.
Furthermore, this will be a blessing for the house as mercy and angels will
descend on it, while the Shaytaan flees from it."
Thus in conclusion brother,
although it is permissible in Islam for one to perform their voluntary (Nafl or
Sunnah) prayers in the masjids, the offering of the voluntary prayers which one
offers in private in one’s homes earn a bigger reward than if offered in the
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Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever
of error is of me alone. Allah Alone
Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and
well wisher in Islam,