Hadith on Tahajjud: Reciting in moderate voice in night prayer

Abu Qatadah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, came out at night and he saw Abu Bakr who as praying with a low voice, and he passed by Umar ibn al-Khattab who was praying with a raised voice. When they met together with the Prophet, the Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr, I passed by you and you were praying with a low voice.” Abu Bakr said, “I made Him hear with whom I was having a private conversation, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet said to Umar, “I passed by you and you were praying with a raised voice.” Umar said, “O Messenger of Allah, I was awakening the drowsy and driving away Satan.” The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr, raise your voice a little.” And the Prophet said to Umar, “Lower your voice a little.

Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1329

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Nawawi

عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَرَجَ لَيْلَةً فَإِذَا هُوَ بِأَبِي بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ يُصَلِّي يَخْفِضُ مِنْ صَوْتِهِ وَمَرَّ بِعُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ وَهُوَ يُصَلِّي رَافِعًا صَوْتَهُ فَلَمَّا اجْتَمَعَا عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ مَرَرْتُ بِكَ وَأَنْتَ تُصَلِّي تَخْفِضُ صَوْتَكَ قَالَ قَدْ أَسْمَعْتُ مَنْ نَاجَيْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ لِعُمَرَ مَرَرْتُ بِكَ وَأَنْتَ تُصَلِّي رَافِعًا صَوْتَكَ قَالَ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أُوقِظُ الْوَسْنَانَ وَأَطْرُدُ الشَّيْطَانَ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ ارْفَعْ مِنْ صَوْتِكَ شَيْئًا وَقَالَ لِعُمَرَ اخْفِضْ مِنْ صَوْتِكَ شَيْئًا

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