What is Taraweeh ?
Taraweeh is a special prayer performed only in the month of Ramadhan. It’s a highly recommended Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) every Muslim encourages it to practice, but it is not obligatory. It is customary to attempt a khatm (complete recitation) of the Quran as one of the religious observances of Ramadan by reciting at least one juz’ per night in taraweeh. Taraweeh is performed after Isha, it can be performed alone at home or in congregation.
How can Taraweeh be performed?
Before praying Taraweeh, one needs to keep intention for the Salah. Intention needs to be kept in the heart before the commencing of the Salah. For example, remember in your heart that you are starting 2 Sunnah raka’ah of Taraweeh facing the qibla behind the imam (if you are).
Taraweeh consists of an even number of rak’ahs performed two by two. The number of rak’ahs is not fixed, but it is usually either 8 or 20. It is recommended to take short breaks after every four rak’ahs.
Benefits of Taraweeh
First and foremost, you are following the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) and in the month of Ramadan for every Sunnah that you follow the reward is equal to that of a Fardh and the reward of a Fardh is that of 70 Fardh.
Narrated by Aisha -” Allahs messenger (sal) used to pray (at night) in Ramadhan.”
It is narrated that Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam — i.e., Taraweeh — with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded as if he spent the whole night in prayer.”(Al-Tirmidhi)
Narrated by Abu Hurraira -“I heard Prophet (P.B.U.H) saying ” whoever prayed at night in it (the month of ramadhan ) out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven”(Sahih Buhkari)
It is also narrated, that the Holy Prophet mentioned that if a person offers night prayer on the night of decree (Night of Decree is on one of the last 10 days of Ramadan, the exact day is only know by Allah (SWT), Allah (SWT) will forgive all of your previous sins.
Ramadan is a blessed month from all the months and the rewards that Allah (SWT) blesses his slaves on this month are immense. Blessed is the person who makes use of his time wisely and in directing all of his efforts solely for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) which will get him close to His maker and be his success in this world and the in the next, Insha Allah