What Is the Timing for the Tahajjud Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question 

What is the timing for the Tahajjud prayer?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The time for the night vigil prayer (tahajjud) is from after ‘Isha until the entrance of the Fajr prayer time. It is most virtuous to pray it just before the Fajr prayer time enters.

Consideration is given to entering the Fajr prayer time, not the performance of the Fajr prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “One should pray the night prayer, even if they are on their can and even if to the extent of milking a goat. And whatever is performed after ‘Isha is considered from the night.” [Tabarani, al-M’ujam al-Kabir]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.