Performing Tahajjud Salaah

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Q. I would like to know how to pray Tahajjud. What additional surah do you say after surah fatiha, I recite surah ikhlas and with every rakaat I add an additional ikhlas, is this correct?

A. The Tahajjud Salaah comprises of (minimum) two rakaats, and is performed like any other two rakaat Salaah. This means that in the first rakaat, a person will recite Sura Al Faatiha with another Sura (short/long), and will do the same for the second rakaat. After this, he will complete the two rakaats with Salaams. In this way, he can perform 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, etc. rakaats in twos. There are no specific Suras to be recited in the Tahajjud Salaah, however, it is commendable to recite long Suras. If a person does not know long Suras, he can recite whatever short Suras he knows. While doing this, one must recite Suras in the first and second rakaat in the sequence that they are in the Holy Quran. For example, if a person recited Sura Al Faatiha and Sura Al Feel in the first rakaat (of the two rakaats), then in the second rakaat, he will recite Sura Al Faatiha and another Sura that comes after Sura Al Feel like Sura Quraish, Al Ma’un, etc.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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