How to Pray Qiyam Al Layl?

How To Pray Qiyam Al Layl?

When the night is quiet and peaceful, it is the time of devotion by Qiyam Al Layl prayer because a servant is far away from the outside world, thus, the effect of the night prayer is great on a servant. Learn How to pray Qiyam Al Layl and the number of Rakats you should perform.

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How to Pray Qiyam Al Layl?

The night is quiet and peaceful, this helps the Muslims to get close to Allah. Here is how the prophet (saw) used to pray Prophet (saw) used to pray Qiyam Al Layl:

    • The Prophet (SAW) used to pray eleven rakats in Qiyam Al Layl.

    • He used to pray to the Salah in couples, (Muthanna, Muthanna). It means you pray two rakats and then make salam and then pray another two and so on.

    • He prolonged his reaction, kneeling and prostration while praying to them.

    • He (peace and blessings be upon him) used to start his salah with two short light Rakats, then he prolonged the other Rakats. 


How Many Rakats are in Qiyam Al Layl?

There is no specific number of Rakats for Qiyam Al Layl during Ramadan. Many people may ask about the number of Qiyam-Rakats, in any case, this is due to one’s ability. Although, the Prophet (saw) used to pray eleven Rakats in Qiyam Al Layl.

This is the best thing for those who want to pray qiyam al layl prayers. And if they pray three, five or more or less Rakats, there is nothing wrong. Each Muslim with their ability, it is due to what he or she can afford.

 A man said:

“O Allah’s Messenger”, (How Many Rakats of the prayer of the night?” He said, “Two rak’as followed by two rak’as and so on, and when you apprehend the approaching dawn, offer one rak`a as witr.”

Sunan Ibn Majah 3381

Aisha said, I asked Allah’s Messenger about the prayer of the night, he said, “It is seven, nine or eleven Rakats besides the two rak’as of the Fajr prayer (i.e., Sunna).”

So, there is no limited Rakats, if a worshiper prayed two Rakats and a witr or prayed four Rakats with a witr and two Taslims or six Rakats with a witr or he prayed eight Rakats with a witr and two Taslims, all that is accepted and nothing wrong about it.

The most important thing is to pray with a good recitation, have submissiveness in his or her prostration, and to read prayerfully.

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What Time is Qiyam ul Layl? (Best Time to perform Qiyam Al Layl)     

The time of Qiyam Al Layl begins at the end of El- Ashia prayer and continues until dawn (Salah al-Fajr) but the best time for this prayer is the last third of the night.

 The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him):  Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“Our Lord Almighty descends to the lowest heaven in the last third of every night, saying: Who is calling upon Me that I may answer him? Who is asking from Me that I may give him? Who is seeking My forgiveness that I may forgive him?

Sahih Muslim 758b

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How to be prepared to pray Qiyam Al Layl?

Here are the steps to perform Qiyam al layll:

1. Set a Powerful Intention

All you want to do is to set a true intention before going to bed. It will offer you a hidden power that pushes you to leave your warm bed and get up during the last third of the night.


2. Sleep Early 

Don’t stay up late after Salah al Aishah, sleep early to get enough sleep.


3. Set your Alarm Clock 

Set the alarm clock to get up at the time of the last third of the night.


4. Perform Your Wudu Before Sleeping

You should perform your Wudhu before sleeping as it will make the Shayttan away from you by the will of Allah. After you wake up, you also reperform the wudu and then, start Your Qiyam with two Rakats.

You must keep in mind that any kind of night prayer, including Tahajjud, Taubah, or any other kind of prayer depend on your inner intentions.


How to Pray Qiyam Al Layl at Home?

The same mentioned above steps except if you’re married, then it is good to:

1. Wake Up Your Spouse

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 

”May Allah have mercy upon a man who wakes up at night and prays, and awakens his wife. If she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face. May Allah have mercy upon a woman who wakes up at night and prays, and awakens her husband. If he refuses, she sprinkles water on his face.”  

Sunan Abi Dawud 1308

2. Tell Your Spouse This Verse 

Allah praised His faithful servants who pray at night saying: 

“The servants of the Merciful are those who walk the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace.”  And those who pass the night prostrating themselves to their Lord and standing up”.

Al- Furqan 64.

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Dua For Qiyam al Layl

Once you finish your Nawafil prayers, and remembrance (Azkaar), repeat Qiyam Duas. Supplicate to your Lord as much as can. There is no reason to be ashamed or confused. Close your eyes and ask whatever you want to ask, He will answer you because it is during the last third of the night, the best time for accepting Dua.

 The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to repeat this dua during Qiyam Al Layl:

    • “O My Allah the most Merciful! All the praises are for you, You are the Holder of the Earth and the heavens, and whatever is in or between them. 

    • All the praises are for You; You have the possession of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. 

    • All the praises are for You; You are the Light of the Heavens and the Earth And all the praises are for You; You are the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth.

    • And all the praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the truth, and to meet You is true, Your Word is the truth And Paradise is true And Hell is true and all the Prophets (Peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad is true, And the Day of Resurrection is true. 

    • O, Allah! I surrender (my will) to You; I believe in You and depend on You. And repent to You, And with Your help, I argue (with my opponents, the non-believers) And I take You as a judge (to judge between us). 

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ، وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ، وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ، وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ، وَإِلَيْكَ حَاكَمْتُ

    • “O Allah, Please forgive me my previous and future sins; And whatever I concealed or revealed And You are the One who makes (some people) forward and (some) backward. There is none to be worshipped but you.” 

 فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ، وَمَا أَسْرَرْتُ وَمَا أَعْلَنْتُ، أَنْتَ الْمُقَدِّمُ وَأَنْتَ الْمُؤَخِّرُ، لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ ـ أَوْ لاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ 


Qiyam Al Layl, also known as Tahajud, is a voluntary night prayer that Muslims can perform during Ramadan or any other time of the year. It is a time for spiritual reflection, connection with Allah, and seeking forgiveness for one’s sins. The Kalimah Center provides a comprehensive guide on Qiyam Al Layl prayer and Tahajud, including the recommended time for prayer, its importance, and the benefits that come with it.


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