Praying Tahajjud with the wife


Where should a woman stay when offering the optional late night Prayer behind her husband?

Q 2: Is it permissible for the husband to offer qiyam-ul-Layl (standing for optional Prayer at night) with his wife standing beside him even though he is not leading her in Salah (Prayer)? A: Offering Tahajjud (optional late night Prayer) in other than Ramadan is not permissible in congregation continuously; rather, each person has to offer it individually. However, it is permissible for your wife to offer Salah beside you as long as you do not lead her in Salah and she does not follow you. Also, there is no harm for her to offer Tahajjud with you in other than Ramadan occasionally but not continuously; because Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) offered optional night Salah with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and so did Abu Al-Darda’ who offered Salah with Salman (may Allah be pleased with them). Your wife should stand behind you when you lead her in Salah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman The Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
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