A woman will benefit more from prayer in her home than in a mosque. According to some academics, women who pray at home receive the same benefits as males who pray at church. Therefore, even if one is not a hafiza, one can pray Taraweeh at home.
The majority of the fuqaha claim that the 20-Rakat Taraweeh prayer is a Sunnah that is confirmed. The only way we can become closer to Allah Most High is via these acts of worship.
The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:
“Anyone who stands in prayers during the nights with purity of belief and expectation of a reward will have his previous sins forgiven.”
The benefits of good deeds and devotion are multiplied several times throughout Ramadan, according to other hadiths.
How Do Women Perform Taraweeh Prayers At Home?
A woman is permitted to do Taraweeh at home following her abilities, giving close respect to the Sunnah wherever possible. She may pray eleven or thirteen rak’ahs, two by two, with Witr at the conclusion if she has memorized the complete Qur’an and can make the prayer lengthy.
If she cannot make her prayer lengthy, she should pray two by two according to what Allah has commanded, and when she feels that she has accomplished all that she can, she should recite Witr with one rak’ah at the conclusion.
The scholars of the Standing Committee said:
“Tarawih prayer is eleven or thirteen rak‘ahs, saying the taslim after each two rak‘ahs, and praying Witr at the end (with one rak‘ah) is preferable, following the example of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). But if anyone prays with twenty or more rak‘ahs, there is nothing wrong with that, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The night prayers are two (rak‘ahs) by two, then if one of you fears that dawn is about to break, he should pray one rak‘ah, to make what he has prayed odd-numbered.” Agreed upon. So he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not specify a particular number of rak‘ahs.” (Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Daimah, vol. 1, 7/198)
Can A Woman Lead Other Women In Taraweeh Prayer?
There is nothing wrong with her leading the other women in the house and praying in the congregation if there are many of them. If she chooses to read from the Mushaf, there is nothing wrong with it. She should stand in the middle of the row and recite whatever she is able to.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
“A woman should pray in her house, even if there is a mosque in which Tarawih prayers are held, and if she prays in her house, there is nothing wrong with her leading other women in the house in prayer. If she has only memorized a little of the Quran, she may read from the Mus-haf .” (Fatwa Nur ‘ala ad-Darb by Ibn ‘Uthaymin)
Can women Pray Taraweeh at the Mosque?
Even though praying Taraweeh and other prayers at home are, in theory, preferable to praying in the mosque, there is nothing wrong with a woman praying these or other prayers in the mosque alongside the male congregation, especially if doing so will be more effective in encouraging her to offer a lengthy prayer. It will help her to do that regularly.
Shaykh Ibn Baz was asked (may Allah pity him): What is the Islamic position about a woman doing the Taraweeh in a mosque?
“The basic principle with regard to a woman’s prayer is that her home is preferable and better for her, but if she thinks that there is an interest to be served by praying in the mosque, so long as she covers herself properly, because that is more motivating for her, or because she can benefit from listening to lessons, then there is nothing wrong with that, praise be to Allah. It is also good because of what it involves of great benefits and encouraging people to do righteous deeds.”
Is it vital for women to memorize the Quran to pray for Taraweeh at home?
To recite Taraweeh in her home, a woman does not need to have learned the entire Quran; instead, if she has remembered certain significant portions of it, she may pray using those portions.
There is no fault on her or any male if they pray by reading from the Mus-haf if she is unable to memorize enough to assist her at home (printed copy of the Quran).
Read more about the Benefits of Taraweeh Prayer.