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Household of Tahajjud

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‘Aamir bin Aslam Al-Baahili (rahimahullah) narrates the following from his father:


We had a neighbour, in our locality, whose name was Hunaidah (rahimahallah). After a third or half the night had passed, she would stand and awaken her husband, children and servants saying, “Stand, perform wudhu and engage in salaah! You will soon be pleased with (and appreciate) what I am saying!” In this manner, Hunaidah (rahimahallah) continued to awaken them for Tahajjud Salaah until she passed away.


After she passed away, her husband had a dream one night in which he was told, “If you wish to join her in Jannah then continue to carry out her action among her household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” After seeing this dream, her husband began to awaken the household, as his late wife would do, until he passed away as well.


After his demise, his eldest son had a dream in which he was told, “If you wish to join your parents in their rank in Jannah then continue their action among their household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” The eldest son thus began to awaken the household, as his parents would do, until he passed away.


On account of this household being one that was punctual on Tahajjud Salaah, they were known by the title ‘Qawwaameen’ (those who were punctual with Tahajjud).


(Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 501)










1. Families are incredible structures that lend one another support, assisting them to make great strides in life. A simple example of this is when a family member needs urgent medical treatment but cannot afford it. Under these circumstances, we will often find the entire family contributing, in their own small way, to assist this person. When this is the extent to which we are prepared to go to assist one another in our worldly lives, why do we not assist one another in achieving our Jannah? Whether by encouraging one another to do good, such as reciting the Quraan Majeed, performing all our salaah (in the musjid with jamaat for the men), or restraining one another from evil, if we truly love our families and households, we will do all that we can to try and take ourselves and them to Jannah.


2. There are many legacies that parents can leave for their children, and similarly there are many legacies that children can inherit from their parents. Some parents leave a booming business empire, others leave a legacy of academic achievements, while yet others leave a sporting legacy. However, the ultimate legacy that a parent can leave and a child can receive is the legacy of Deen, where the child follows in the pious footsteps of the parents and continues to carry out the good works for which they were renowned. This legacy is the most profitable one as the parents and all those who had preceded in the chain of righteousness will continue to derive the rewards produced through their legacy — even after their death.


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