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The Five “Jewels” of Ramadan – part 2 – Taraweeh Prayers.


Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh Prayers

Taraweeh out of the five Jewels of Ramadan , Fasting, Zakat, Itekaf, Taraweeh and Lailatul Qadar.  


Masjid E Nabavi Madina Munawara, where Mohammed sas Rahmatul Alameen is Resting May peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him.

Masjid E Nabavi Madina Munawara, where Mohammed sas Rahmatul Alameen is Resting May peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him.

















This is the Prayer which Prophet Mohammed may peace and blessings of Allah swt be on him encouraged Muslims to perform with out making is Obligatory that is Fard, (Compulsory Prayers). (The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did lead them in Taraweeh Prayers but  not f for the full month because he feared that it would then become obligatory, and they would not be able to do it )instead the prophet showed us in depth thru his Sunah,  which can be understood with clarity in the Hadees of Prophet Mohammed sas, in Bukari Sharief, as  Below.


Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229: Narrated ‘Urwa:

That he was informed by ‘Aisha, “Allah’s Apostle went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him.

In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night).

In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah’s Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him.

On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the morning prayer.

When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, “Amma ba’du, your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on.” So, Allah’s Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). ”

The people used to pray individually or in congregation there after this practice was on during the period of Abu Baker Siddique RTA too, Till one Ramadan Month when the Second Caliph of Islam Omar Bin Kattab RTA found in Msjid E Nabwi people praying in small groups, a Man praying alone or a small groups, the following Hadees of Bukari Shariff became important when it comes to congregational prayers of Taraweeh in Ramadan.  

 Volume 3, Book 32, Number 227: Narrated Abu Huraira:

” Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, “Allah’s Apostle died and the people continued observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually, not in congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and in the early days of ‘Umar’s Caliphate.” ‘Abdur Rahman bin ‘Abdul Qari said, “I went out in the company of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little group behind him. So, ‘Umar said, ‘In my opinion I would better collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter) (i.e. let them pray in congregation!)’. So, he made up his mind to congregate them behind Ubai bin Ka’b. Then on another night I went again in his company and the people were praying behind their recite. On that, ‘Umar remarked, ‘What an excellent Bid’a (i.e. innovate ion in religion) this is; but the prayer which they do not perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are offering.’ He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In those days) people used to pray in the early part of the night.”

Since then in Holy Kaba Mosque in Makkah Al Mukkarama and in Masjid E Nabwi in Madina Munawara, Taraweeh Prayers are performed in congregation under one Imam and the practise is un disturbed Alhamdullillah with Twenty Rakats of  Sunnath E  Muakkada ( Sunnat).  Taraweeh, where in lakhs of Muslims attend with great enthusiasm and affection and love towards there Prophet Mohammed sas desiring rewards from Allah Subhanawatala.  Both Devote Men and Women perform Taraweeh with great sense of submission to Allah. Swt. All thru the month of Holy Ramadan and one full Quran is recited during the month.


Today thanks to Allah swt whole of Islamic World performs Taraweeh Prayers with great Regard and Puncualtiy to hear the whole Quran e Kareem in Taraweeh Prayers behind a single Imam.  


Be it Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Spain, China, US, Australia or Arab world same zeal and enthusiasm is seen in Muslims all over the world, to perform Taraweeh,  Mosques are full and even this special prayers are arranged by organizations and individuals in halls and grounds, and houses, to perform Taraweeh. 

 As this is the month of forgiveness and rewards in this respect  the saying of Prophet  Mohammed sas  as Narrated by Abu Huraira RTA Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

to be cont.  zakat, itekaf, and lailatul qadar. .. in part 3 and 4

  1. June 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hah I’m honestly the first comment to your great writing?!?

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