Updated: Apr 4
Our Prophet S.A.W said, "Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: "Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?" (Sahih Bukhari)
In this blessed month, it is very rewarding to observe tahajjud and end it before your sahur. You could get up in the early morning before the breaking of the dawn for prayers and in preparation for the fast.
The prayer at night is termed in Arabic either qiyām al-layl (standing at night) or, if occurring after any amount of sleep, tahajjud, and is the most important prayer after the fardhu (obligatory) prayers.
If one is able to get up a few minutes before their regular time for sahur, then they can award themselves the opportunity to observe tahajjud and earn the great reward.
Here are some tips to help you get up for one of the most important prayers:
Make intention for Allah S.W.T
Set an alarm for when you plan to wake up
Don’t overeat before bed
Perform ablution before sleeping and make lots of dzikir
Put into practise the Sunnah aspects of sleeping - sleep early, read your duas before sleeping and sleep on your right side
Praying tahajjud during the blessed month is one of the blessings of Ramadhan.