Tahajjud

Tahajjud Prayer - Salatul Layl - Night Prayer - Namaz e Shab

To be offered from Midnight till Dawn

Salatul-Layl is made up of 11 (eleven) Rak’ats
The first 8(eight) Rak’ats are prayed as normal (like morning prayer) in pairs of two Rak’ats each with the niyyah of Nawafilatul-Layl.
The next 2(two) Rak’ats are prayed (like morning prayer) with the Niyyah of 'Salatul Shaf’a'
The remaining 1(one) Rak’at is prayed (as below) with the Niyyah of 'Salatul Witr.' as follows..
After Niyyah and say Takbiratul Ihram Recite the following surah:-
- Surah Al-Hamd - Once
- Surah Ikhlas (Qul Huwallahu Ahad) - three times
- Surah Qul-Audhubi Rabbil Falaq - once
- Surah Qul-Audhubi Rabbin Naas - once

Say Takbir and raise hands for Qunoot and You may recite any Dua or Rabbana or the following:
لآ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ اللّهُ الْحَلِيْمُ الْكَرِيْمُ
Laa ilaaha illallaahul Halimul Karim
There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Forbearing and Generous
لآ اِلَهَ اِلاَّ اللّهُ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيْمُ
Laa ilaaha illallaahul ‘Aliyyul ‘Azim
There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Most High and Great
سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ رَبِّ السَّمَاوَاتِ السَّبْعِ
Subhaanallaahi Rabbis Samaawaatis Sab'
Glory be to Allah, Who is the Sustainer of the seven heavens and of the seven earth
وَ رَبِّ الاَرْضِيْنَ السَّبْعِ
wa Rabbil ‘Arzinas Sab'
And Who is the Sustainer of all the things
وَ مَا فِيْهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ
wa maa fihinna wa maa baynahunna
in them, and between them,
رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيْمِ
wa Rabbul 'Arshil ‘Azim
And Who is the Lord of the great ‘Arsh (Divine Center of Authority & Power)
وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ
Wal Hamdul lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalamin
And all praise for Allah, the Sustainer of the worlds.

Then, pray for forgiveness of forty [40] people who are either dead or living in the following manner:
...اَللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ ل
Allaahummagh Firli… (Name)
O Allah, forgive (Name)…

Continuing with the Qunoot, while still raising the left hand, recite the following Istighfar seventy [70] times:
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ رَبِّي وَ اَتُوْبُ اِلَيْهِ
Astaghfirullah Rabbi wa Atuubu Ilayh
I seek forgiveness of Allah my Lord and I turn to Him

Still continuing further while raising the left hand, recite the following Dua seven [7] times:
هذَا مَقَامُ الْعَآئِذِ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ
Haadhaa Maqaamul 'Aaidhi Bika Minannaar
This is the position of one who seeks refuge in You from the fire [of Hell]

Continuing yet further while still raising the left hand, recite three hundred [300] times: -
اَلْعَفْوَ
Al-'Afwa
(I ask for) forgiveness

Finally, the following should be said once:
Rabbigfirli warhamni wa tubalaiyyi,Innaka tawwaburrahim"
Lord, please forgive me and have mercy upon me and turn back towards me. Verily You are the Oft-Turning back, Most Merciful

Complete the Rukuh and Sujood and end the prayer with Salaam