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  1. After going to bed after Isha prayer and then waking up before Fajr prayer, the prayer is called Tahajjud, while after Isha prayer, if the whole night is spent in worship and without sleeping before Fajr prayer, it is called Qiyam al-Ilil.

  2. Sleep is essential for Tahajjud

    While Qiyam al-Ilil is without sleep

  3. In summary, Tahajjud is a specific form of Qiyam al-Layl, and the key difference lies in the timing and intent. Tahajjud is a voluntary prayer performed after waking up from sleep during the latter part of the night, often with the intention of seeking closeness to Allah and making personal supplications. Qiyam al-Layl, on the other hand, refers to any night prayer and can encompass various forms of nighttime worship.

  4. Tahajjud and Qiyam al-Layl are both types of voluntary night prayers performed by Muslims, and they are often used interchangeably to refer to the same act of worship. However, some scholars make a subtle distinction between these terms:

    1. Tahajjud:
      • Timing: Tahajjud is typically prayed after one has slept for at least part of the night and then wakes up to pray voluntarily. It is usually performed in the latter part of the night, closer to the pre-dawn Fajr prayer.
      • Intent: Tahajjud is specifically offered with the intention of seeking Allah’s closeness, forgiveness, and blessings. It is often seen as a way to draw nearer to Allah and seek His guidance.
      • Number of Rak’ahs (Units): While the number of rak’ahs (units of prayer) for Tahajjud can vary, it is often prayed in sets of two rak’ahs each. These can be prayed in any even number.
    2. Qiyam al-Layl:
      • Timing: Qiyam al-Layl, which translates to “standing at night,” is a more general term used to describe the act of praying during the night. It can encompass any voluntary night prayers, including Tahajjud.
      • Intent: Qiyam al-Layl includes any optional night prayers, whether it’s for seeking Allah’s blessings, forgiveness, or simply to engage in additional acts of worship. It has a broader scope than Tahajjud.
      • Number of Rak’ahs (Units): Like Tahajjud, the number of rak’ahs for Qiyam al-Layl can vary, and it can be prayed in sets of two rak’ahs or any other suitable number.

    In essence, Tahajjud can be considered a subset of Qiyam al-Layl. While Tahajjud is a specific type of night prayer performed with the intention of drawing closer to Allah and seeking His forgiveness, Qiyam al-Layl is a more general term that encompasses all voluntary night prayers, including Tahajjud. Both acts of worship are highly regarded in Islam and are a means of seeking spiritual growth and closeness to Allah. The choice of terminology may vary among different cultures and Islamic communities, but the underlying concept of voluntary night prayers remains the same.

  5. The difference between tahajjud and qiyam al layl is an exhaustive deed . it is more general and more broadly then tahajud as it encompasses prayer salah righteous act but tahajud is an exclusive worship act it waking up after sleeping.