The Different Types Of Prayer At Night

Prayer is one of the pillars of Islam, and there are many different types. Muslims pray five times a day, and the best time to pray is in the late evening. In this article, we will explore the different types of prayer at night.

The Night Prayer

Praying at night is a part of Islamic culture and a good habit. The Prophet Muhammad was the first to establish the act of praying at night. The Night Prayer is especially encouraged for young Muslims since it teaches them to discipline themselves. The Night Prayer is an extra prayer that a Muslim may choose to do after their five daily obligatory prayers. Muslims are instructed to do this prayer in their houses because it was done this way by the Prophet.

Quran, Surah Al-Ma’idah 2:177 “Whoever says two Rakah of the night prayer, then forgets one of them and says two Rakah, will receive a reward as if he said ten Rakah.”

This prayer is very short: It lasts only 20 minutes, and then another 10 minutes are allowed for relaxation before starting Wirda or Tahajjud or Tarawih or Qiyam Al Layl.

The Types Of Prayer In The Night

The Night Prayer consists of four Rakat (units) – Witr. It contains six surahs which are read in the order of the Quran (not in the same way as they are read during normal prayers). The prayer is said to be better when it is done at night. A person has to perform the night prayer in their house, on a mat or bed. If a person forgets just one rakah of the night prayer, they will still be rewarded for having offered all six rakahs.


Al-Tarāwīḥ is a longer Night Prayer, done in the last third of the night. It consists of 8 rakahs. The first two rakahs are read aloud, and the rest are read quietly. In this prayer, you can recite as much as you want from the Quran. If a person does not remember whether they offered Al-Tarāwīḥ or Al-Witr or Tahajjud or Nafl Al-Mutlaq, then they will still be rewarded for it as all these prayers are still valid in Islam.

Nafl Al-Mutlaq

This prayer is done in between the Tahajjud and Al-Tarawih prayers after you have finished reading the Quran a few times. It makes three rakahs, but as it is optional (a person may decide not to pray it after the Tahajjud), there are no specific details about it.


This prayer is done at night, just after the Isha prayers, after having slept and taken a rest. It makes eight rakahs, which are divided into two parts. The first part is said in full words, and the second is read quietly.


The Witr is the last prayer of the night. It is made of two rakahs and is offered after reading Al-Quran three times. It is an optional Night Prayer performed after the Tahajjud. The first rakah is said in full words, and the second rakah is read quietly.

The Witr And Tarāwīḥ

The Witr and Tahajjud are similar because they both consist of two rakahs each and must be offered after the Tarawih prayer. However, the difference between these two is that the Witr prayer is held in the congregation, while the Tahajjud prayer can be done alone. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not only say to offer this prayer after Maghrib but also before it.

How To Make A Night Prayer

Pray at night at home or in a place where no one will see you pray. Take a mat to sit down during prayer, then say: “Assalamu alaikum” (peace be upon me) and silently read the prayer to yourself. Night prayer is performed quietly with the right hand resting on something. You can pray standing if you are not tired, but it is better to sit.

Why Are Night Prayers Important?

The Night Prayer is not only important for spiritual benefits, but it helps to clear the mind of any bad thoughts or unpleasant events. It is also a very important prayer because it shows people how much importance we have on our religion. 

They help a person grow closer to Allah. It is also important because it teaches personal discipline. It is one of the best ways to get closer to Allah every night. The Night Prayer is good for Muslims, as it allows them to get more out of their day and do more things that benefit them.

The Bottom Line

The Night Prayer is perfect when offered at night, before sleeping. It consists of 4 rakahs and six surahs. Muslims are recommended to read the Quran loudly in the first two rakahs and silently in the last two rakahs. The Prayer should be done in a place where you will not be disturbed by anyone, as it is a very peaceful prayer that brings comfort and goodness to your life.

She is good for Muslims because it allows them to do more things that benefit their lives. The Night Prayer is one of the six pillars of Islam and should be performed by Muslims on a regular basis.

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