In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
What is the difference between Salah Taraaweeh, Qiyaam, and Tahajjud?
Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Abdillah bin Baaz may Allah have mercy on him
Question: What is the difference between Salah Taraaweeh, Qiyaam, and Tahajjud?
Answer: Prayer in the night is called Tahajjud and it is also called Qiyaamul Layl. As Allah the Most High said,
وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَتَهَجَّدْ بِهِ نَافِلَةً لَكَ
“And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you” [Israa: 79]
يَا أَيُّهَا الْمُزَّمِّلُ قُمِ اللَّيْلَ إِلا قَلِيلًا
“O you who wraps himself [in clothing], Arise [to pray] the night, except for a little” [Muzzamil: 1-2]
And He said about His pious slaves,
آخِذِينَ مَا آتَاهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا قَبْلَ ذَلِكَ مُحْسِنِينَ كَانُوا قَلِيلًا مِنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ
“Accepting what their Lord has given them. Indeed, they were before that doers of good. They used to sleep but little of the night.” [Dhairyaat: 16-17]
Taraaweeh is, according to the scholars, the prayer in the first part of the night during Ramadan. It is light and not elongated. It is permissible and nothing wrong to call it Tahajjud or Qiyaamul Layl…and Allah is the granter of success
Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam
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