What is Taraweeh Prayer?

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The Taraweeh Prayer is an em­pha­sised Sun­nah of the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace be upon him ) dur­ing the month of Ra­madan.Both al-Bukhaari 112 ) and Mus­lim 761) nar­rated from ‘Aisha may Al­lah be pleased with her) that the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace and bless­ings of Al­lah be upon him) prayed one night in the mosque, and the peo­ple fol­lowed him in prayer. Then he prayed the next night, and many peo­ple came. Then they gath­ered on the third or fourth night, and the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace and bless­ings of Al­lah be upon him) did not come out to them. The next morn­ing he said: “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.” And that was in Ra­madan These ha­dith show that pray­ing Taraweeh in con­gre­ga­tion is pre­scribed in the Sun­nah of the Prophet peace be upon him). Umar dur­ing his .hi­lafah restab­lished this Sun­nah of prayer in con­gre­ga­tion. It was nar­rated in al-Sa­hee­hayn from ‘Aisha may Al­lah be pleased with her) that the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace and bless­ings of Al­lah be upon him) would forgo do­ing some­thing that he liked to do lest the peo­ple do it and it be­come oblig­a­tory upon them. Nar­rated by al-Bukhaari, 1060; Mus­lim, Salaat al-Musaafireen, 1174). Al-Bukhaari 2010) nar­rated that ‘Abd al-Rah­maan ibn ‘Abd al-Qaari said: I went out with ‘Umar ibn al-.hat­taab may Al­lah be pleased with him) to the mosque one night in Ra­madan, and the peo­ple were scat­tered, each man pray­ing by him­self. Some men would pray and have groups of peo­ple be­hind them fol­low­ing them. ‘Umar said: “I think that if I unite all these peo­ple with one reader, it will be bet­ter. Then he re­solved to gather them be­hind Ubayy ibn .a’b. Al-Haafiz said: Ibn al-Teen and oth­ers said that ‘Umar based this de­ci­sion on the Prophet’s ap­proval of those who prayed with him on those nights. Al­though he dis­liked that for them, that was based on the fear that it might be made oblig­a­tory for them. When the Prophet peace and bless­ings of Al­lah be upon him) died, there was no longer any fear of that hap­pen­ing, and ‘Umar thought, be­cause of the po­ten­tial di­vi­sion that might arise from peo­ple pray­ing separately, and be­cause unit­ing them be­hind one reader is more mo­ti­vat­ing for many peo­ple. The ma­jor­ity agreed with ‘Umar’s de­ci­sion. End quote from Fath al-Baari.

THE VIRTUES OF THE TARAWEEH PRAYER

Abu Hu­rayrah said: Al­lah’s Mes­sen­ger peace be upon him) said “He who prays dur­ing the night in Ra­madan with faith and seek­ing his re­ward from Al­lah will have his past sins for­given” Agreed Upon) The Ma­jor­ity of schol­ars say that by all his pasts sins it means his mi­nor sin not ma­jor sins if the per­son stand all the nights of Ra­madan in prayer and not just a few nights . The schol­ars say in or­der for ma­jor sins to be for­given a per­son is re­quired to make sin­cere toba sin­cere re­pen­tance) Abu Dharr may Al­lah be pleased with him) said: The Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah peace and bless­ings of Al­lah be upon him) said: “Who­ever stands with the Imam un­til he fin­ishes, it is equiv­a­lent to spend­ing the whole night in prayer.”Nar­rated by al-Tir­midhi, 806; Abu Da­wood, 1375; al-Nasaa’i, 1605; Ibn Maa­jah, 1327. Classed as sa­heeh by al-Tir­midhi, Ibn .huza­ymah 3 337), Ibn Hib­baan 3 340) and al-Al­baani in Irwa’al-Ghaleel, 447.

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