How To Pray Taraweeh During Ramadan?

on Friday, July 19, 2013

Taraweeh is an Arabic word which implies night prayers in the month of Ramadan. Taraweeh are not an  obligatory prayers; however, there is extraordinary reward for the individuals who come to mosque for Taraweeh throughout Ramadan. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to stress on the importance of night prayers throughout Ramadan. One can offer Taraweeh in assembly (Jamat) or they may be performed at home; yet for men, it is better to follow the Imam.

Night prayers throughout Ramadan are called Taraweeh since the Companions of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) and their successors used to stand long in the prayers, and they might take a rest in the wake of offering each four Rakah. This is the way they were named Taraweeh (Rest Prayer) Taraweeh or night prayers are the best after the mandatory prayers. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“The best prayer after the mandatory is the night prayer.” [muslim]

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) illustrated the offering of Taraweeh in this Hadiths and throughout his life.

Abu Dharr (R.A) said: “We fasted Ramadan with the Prophet (P.b.u.h) and he didn’t lead us in Qiyaam whatsoever until there were just seven days left, when he led us in the prayers until a third of the night had passed. The point when there were six days left, he didn’t lead us in Qiyaam. The point when there were five days left, he led us in prayer until half the night had passed. I said, ‘o Messenger of Allah, I wish that you had proceeded until morning.’ He said, ‘if a man offers his prayers with the Imaam until he finalizes, it will be as if he implored the entire night.’ When there were four nights left, he didn’t lead us in Qiyaam. The point when there were three nights left, he united his family, his wives and all individuals, and headed us in Qiyaam until we were sorry to say we might miss al-falaah. I asked, ‘what is al-falaah?’ he said, ‘suhoor. At that point, he didn’t lead us in Qiyaam for whatever remains of the month.’” [al Bukhari] The Prophet (P.B.U.H) did not lead the individuals in Qiyam for the remaining days of Ramadan because of the fear that it might become obligatory.

From the above Hadith, it is established that its reasonable for the ladies to implore Taraweeh in assembly, as well.

The amount of Rakah of Taraweeh is eight plus 3 Rakaah of Witr as reported in a Hadith by Aisha, the mother of all Muslims (R.A).

Moreover, Ibn Abbas (R.A) said: “The night Prayer of the prophet used to be of thirteen Rakat”. This incorporated the Witr and two Rakat Sunnah of the Fajr prayer [Bukhari]

As Allah has made five prayers a day mandatory for each Muslim, an individual will be considered responsible for prayers upon the arrival of restoration so the Prophet (P.B.U.H) prompted us to implore more Nawafil; one of which is Taraweeh.

The Prophet (P.b.u.h) said: “The first of his deeds for which an individual will be considered responsible on The Day of Judgment will be his prayers. Assuming that they are in place, then he will get fruitful, and in the event that they are less, then he will have not succeeded and lost. Assuming there is something imperfect in his compulsory prayers, Allah will say: check whether this individual has any Nafal prayers with which might finish that which was damaged in his required prayers. The rest of his religious obligations will be assessed in the same way” [abu-Dawud] In the event that an individual offer Taraweeh Prayers in the Masjid with Imam and completes it until the Imam has completed it, he will have the Sawab of praying the whole night.

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