One of the most important and anticipated Ramadan rituals is Taraweeh, which is observed worldwide in various ways. While some regions offer 20 rakats of Taraweeh daily, others only offer 8. Overall, Taraweeh is one of the most distinctive Ramadan rituals and has several advantages that Muslims must take advantage of.
Importance Of Taraweeh Prayer
Ramadan Taraweeh prayers bring us nearer to Allah, the Almighty. It cleanses our hearts and allows us to ask the Almighty for pardon for our previous transgressions. Additionally, Taraweeh’s prayers have spiritual and physical advantages. Sajdah and Ruku are regularly performed, which keeps us mentally and physically fit. The Taraweeh prayers instill in Muslims a practice of frequenting mosques.
For all Muslims, the Taraweeh prayer is a requirement of the Sunnah throughout Ramadan ashras. According to hadith, the Holy Prophet PBUH prayed in a mosque one night, followed by a large group of people. The following night, He (PBUH) prayed in the mosque again, and more people followed Him. On the third and fourth nights, the people assembled once more in the mosque, but the Holy Prophet (PBUH) stayed away.
The following day, He (PBUH) declared:
“I saw what you did, and nothing kept me from coming out to you except the fact that I feared that it would be made obligatory for you” (Al-Bukhari).
We deduced from this hadith that the Taraweeh prayer is the Prophet Muhammad’s recommended Sunnah (PBUH).
Benefits Of Taraweeh Prayer
The benefits of praying Taraweeh are endless. Here are a few of the virtues that you receive for praying Taraweeh:
1. Its Makes Praying Salah Easier
Offering Taraweeh during Ramadan, whether it be 8 or 20 rakats, is still significantly greater than doing so throughout the rest of the year. Since one is used to standing in prayer for a long time during Taraweeh, Taraweeh becomes a way to make offering Salah easier than it would otherwise be. Thus, it can be viewed as a means of routinely practicing Salah. Which is advantageous in truly reforming our lives and making us more engaged and responsible Muslims all year long, not only during Ramadan.
2. You Listen & Recite Holy Quran Daily
The Holy Quran is a guide for becoming the ideal Muslim and is meant to provide instruction for all people. There is also a great deal of merit in the Holy Qur’an. After all, it carries the unique blessings that Allah (SWT) has contained in the Quran because it is the word of Allah (SWT). What better way to observe Ramadan than to spend extended periods of time each day kneeling before the All-Powerful (SWT) and listening to what He has to say?
3. Forgiveness Of Past Sins
Offering Taraweeh, or night prayer (Qiyam ul Layl), can absolve us of all our previous transgressions and crimes.
Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said:
“Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhari 37]
4. Reward Of Qiyam al Layle
The benefits and virtues of Taraweeh being Qiyam ul Layle are so unimaginable. More satisfying than we would imagine is standing up to offer salah for the sake of God and forsaking your comfort and sleep.
5. Adherence To The Sunnah Of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)
Every day of Ramadan, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to offer Taraweeh, and for those 29 or 30 days, he would listen to the entire Holy Quran. We must invoke Allah’s joy and contentment in the auspicious month by adhering to the teachings of His beloved Prophet (PBUH), the most highly recommended activity for Muslims after fardh (PBUH).
6. Numerous Physical Benefits
During Ramadan, we spend a lot of time relaxing rather than exercising as needed to maintain our health. We must exercise because of this, plus the regular gorging we do throughout Iftar and Suhoor. Offering Taraweeh in that way accomplishes two goals at once!
During Taraweeh, moving various body parts repeatedly helps your muscles and blood flow. It develops patience and restraint. Because Taraweeh is typically offered in congregation, it fosters peace among Muslims. Taraweeh serves the same purpose for older adults who doctors advise to go for daily walks since it improves joint flexibility and muscle strength.
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