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Receiving the reward of Tahajjud Salah simply by intending to wake up

Question

Is the following narration authentic?

“Whoever goes to bed and has a firm intention to wake up and pray during the night [Tahajjud Salah], but is overwhelmed by sleep until morning comes, will get the reward for what he intended and that sleep will be a sadaqah from Allah”

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Majah and others have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1344)

 

‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain sound. Imam Ibn Hibban has also declared a similar Hadith authentic.

(Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 60, Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 2588. Also see Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 1172 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 311)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar