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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “how many rakats are best for Tahajjud prayer?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are some important things about “how many rakats are best for Tahajjud prayer?” which I will explain in this article. Some of the important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Minimum and Maximum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer.
    a. Hadith About Minimum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer.
    b. Hadith About Maximum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer.
  2. How Many Rakats Are Best for Tahajjud Prayer?
    a. Hadith About Best Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer.

Minimum and Maximum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer

The first important thing about “how many rakats are best for Tahajjud prayer?” what I will explain now is minimum and maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer. I want you to understand all of that first before you read more explanations in this article because those are some of the basic things in this discussion that should be well understood.

Before I explain minimum and maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer, I will quote several hadiths that explain it all. Understand the explanation below.

Hadith About Minimum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer

The hadith about minimum rakats for Tahajjud prayer is as follows:

قَالَ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا : إِنَّ رَجُلاً قَالَ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، كَيْفَ صَلاَةُ اللَّيْلِ ؟ قَالَ :‏ مَثْنَى مَثْنَى، فَإِذَا خِفْتَ الصُّبْحَ فَأَوْتِرْ بِوَاحِدَةٍ ‏‏‏

Abdullah bin Umar radliyallahu anhuma said, “Someone asked Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad), “How to do the night prayer?” He said, “Two rakats, two rakats. If you are worried that you will not be able to perform the Fajr prayer (because of that), then do the Witr prayer with one rakat.”

If we understand the hadith about minimum rakats for Tahajjud prayer above, we can conclude that the minimum rakats for Tahajjud prayer is two rakats. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Hadith About Maximum Rakats for Tahajjud Prayer

The hadith about maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer is as follows:

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا , قَالَ : كَانَ صَلاَةُ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثَلاَثَ عَشْرَةَ رَكْعَةً‏ (‏ يَعْنِي بِاللَّيْلِ‏)‏

From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhuma, he said, “The prayer of Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was thirteen rakats (meaning he prayed at night).”

The above hadith explains that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prayed at night until thirteen rakats. Witr prayer and Tahajjud prayers are some of the prayers he does at night. So, we can assume that he performed twelve rakats in Tahajjud prayer and one rakat in Witr prayer.

عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ ، قَالَ : سَأَلْتُ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا عَنْ صَلاَةِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِاللَّيْلِ‏ .‏ فَقَالَتْ : سَبْعٌ وَتِسْعٌ وَإِحْدَى عَشْرَةَ سِوَى رَكْعَتَىِ الْفَجْرِ‏‏

From Masruq, he said, “I have asked Aisha radiyallahu anha about the prayer of the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at night. She then said, “Seven (rakats), or nine (rakats), or eleven (rakats) apart from two rakats in Fajr prayer.”

The hadith above explains that sometimes Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prayed at night up to seven rakats, nine rakats, or eleven rakats. These rakats are in addition to the two rakats in Fajr prayer. So, we can assume that he performed six rakats or eight rakats, or ten rakats in Tahajjud prayer.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا , قَالَتْ : كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصَلِّي مِنَ اللَّيْلِ ثَلاَثَ عَشْرَةَ رَكْعَةً مِنْهَا الْوِتْرُ وَرَكْعَتَا الْفَجْرِ‏‏

From Aisha radiyallahu anha, she said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam prayed at night as many as thirteen rakats of which were Witr prayer and two rakats in Fajr prayer.”

The above hadith explains that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prayed at night up to thirteen rakats of which were rakat for the Witr prayer and two rakat for Fajr prayer. So, we can assume that he performed ten rakats in Tahajjud prayer.

If we understand some of the hadith about maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer above, we can conclude that there is no maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer. We can do whatever rakats for Tahajjud prayer according to our ability. Why?

There are two main reasons why we may conclude that there is no maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer:

One: because there is no hadith that specifically describes the maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer.

Two: because several hadiths that describe the rakats that Prophet Muhammad did in his prayers are different: that the rakats he performed for the tahajjud prayer varied.

All readers! That is a brief explanation of minimum and maximum rakats for Tahajjud prayer. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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