One of the prominent acts of worship throughout Ramadan is the Taraweeh prayer. After Ishai, one of the sunnah prayers was recited throughout Ramadan’s night. There is no set quantity; it could be 8, 10, or 20.
One of the unique aspects of Ramadan nights is the Taraweeh prayer, during which Muslims gather in a line at dusk to perform several optional rakats of worship and to hear the Quran being recited as they meditate.
What Is Taraweeh Prayer?
Tarawih, sometimes known as Taraweeh in English, is derived from the Arabic root, which is associated with relaxation and repose. Tarawih prayers are special Muslim prayers that require reciting lengthy passages of the Quran and carrying out numerous rakahs (cycles of movement involved in Islamic prayer). They are only found in the Sunni branch of Islam.
From the first Moon-sighted evening (the commencement of Ramadan) through the second Moon-sighted evening, Taraweeh prayers are said (the last day of Ramadan). After Isha, throughout Ramadan, according to the Islamic calendar, this prayer is offered in a congregation (and before Witr, which is also prayed following the imam who leads the prayer aloud in one or three rakats, unlike how it is done in the other eleven months).
How to Pray Taraweeh Prayer?
Similar to how you would perform your regular salah, Taraweeh is prayed in sets of two Rakat each. Some Prophetic narrations would support the view that tarawih is twenty rakat, and other narrations would support the belief that tarawih is eight Rakat of prayer. All four Sunni schools of fiqh have recounted that the tarawih is twenty Rakat.
- As Taraweeh is prayed in sets of two Rakat each, you can opt to pray eight or twenty Rakat (or any even number of Rakat) depending on the school of thought you follow or how fatigued you are.
- During your tarawih prayers, you are not required to repeat any particular verse from the Quran; you are free to recite any verse from the Quran.
- The most crucial aspect is that these prayers should be a way to draw you closer to Allah; as a result, you should attempt to understand the significance of the verses you are saying and make sure that you pray calmly and intently.
- Your tarawih prayers should focus more on quality than the number.
Can I Pray Taraweeh At Home?
Absolutely! It would be acceptable to pray Taraweeh at home, whether with your family in the congregation or by yourself, even if there were no lockdown limitations. It was already reported the Prophet (P.B.U.H) prayed some Tarawih prayers at his residence, according to Aishah (RA).
Is There Some Special Dua To Recite During Taraweeh?
No, there isn’t a particular dua to say before or after Tarawih. After every four rakaat, or once the entire Tarawih has been recited, you are free to offer any kind of dua you like. This comprises both personal and duas derived from the Quan and the Sunnah.
Is It Vital To Recite The Whole Quran During Taraweeh Prayer?
Throughout Ramadan, the majority of masjids traditionally recite the entire Quran, finishing one Juz of Tarawih each night. The Prophet (saw) used to revise the Qur’an with Jibril (as) twice during his final Ramadan and every Ramadan before that. Since Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, we should follow suit.
The entire Qur’an does not have to be recited at Tarawih. During Tarawih, you are free to recite whatever passages of the Qur’an you like. Don’t worry if you haven’t memorized quran surahs—what matters most is the sincerity of your prayer.
A reward of Praying Taraweeh
The rewards for Taraweeh are significantly more significant because they are multiplied during the month of Ramadan, such as:
Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“Whoever stands for prayer (the night prayer) during Ramadan with iman (faith), hoping for rewards, then all his/her previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time.” (Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah)
There are lots of benefits of Taraweeh prayer that offer many rewards to the one praying, and its virtues are even mentioned in hadith. We have briefly mentioned how to pray Taraweeh and what surahs you can recite during Taraweeh for your guidance.