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How Many Rakats Are In the Night Prayer?

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Question: Are the two rakats sunna muakkada after Salat al-Isha included in eleven rakat Qiyam al-Layl?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
Thank you for your important question.
The Night Prayer (Qiyam al-Layl) is generally that which is prayed after the Nightfall Prayer (‘Isha). The Night-Vigil prayer (Tahajjud) is that which is prayed after the nightfall prayer (‘Isha) and after going to sleep.
Hence, the two rakat after ‘Isha would be considered Qiyam al-Layl but not Tahajjud.
And Allah alone knows best.
[Ustadh] Omar Popal
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