Rak’ah in Tarawih Prayer; A Best Explanation

Rak’ah in Tarawih Prayer ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article I explained some basic things about Tarawih prayer. As Muslims we must know that, especially when Ramadan is coming soon. In this article I will explain about rak’ah in Tawarih prayer. This is also important, because until now Muslims differed when they performed the prayer. So, you have to read this article to the end!

If we have read the previous article, surely, we understand that there is no text that specifically explains the number of rak’ahs in Tarawih prayer. In other words, we are allowed to pray Tarawih with any rak’ah. But, in general, there are Muslims who perform Tarawih prayer for up to eight rakats, there are also Muslims who perform Tarawih prayers for up to twenty rak’ah.

Of course, they are not wrong, because basically there are several hadiths that explain about it all. The point is that there is a hadith which explains that the Prophet Muhammad prayed Tarawih for up to eight rak’ahs, and there is also a hadith which explains that he did that up to twenty rak’ahs. The hadiths I mean are as follows;

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصَلِّى فِيْ رَمَضَانَ فِيْ غَيْرِ جَمَاعَةٍ بِعِشْرِيْنَ رَكْعَةً وَالْوِتْرِ

From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhuma, he said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam prayed alone (not praying with others) up to twenty rak’ah and witr in Ramadan.”

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عَنْ جَابِرٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : صَلَّى بِنَا رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِيْ رَمَضَانَ ثَمَانَ رَكَعَاتٍ ثُمَّ أَوْتَرَ فَلَمَّا كَانَتْ الْقَابِلَةُ اِجْتَمَعْنَا فِيْ الْمَسْجِدِ وَرَجَوْنَا أَنْ يَخْرُجَ إِلَيْنَا حَتَّى أَصْبَحْنَا ثُمَّ دَخَلَنَا فَقُلْنَا يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ . الْحَدِيْثُ

From Jabir radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam prayed with us on the month of Ramadan for up to eight rak’ah. Then he performed witr prayer. The next day we gathered at the mosque. We hope he comes to see us, (but that doesn’t happen) until morning. Then he came to see us. We then say, “O Messenger of Allah …). (The hadith is a sequel).

All Readers! Those are some of the hadith that explain the differences in rak’ah in Tarawih prayer. So, we do not need to be surprised if one day we see that there are Muslims who perform Tawarih prayers for up to eight rak’ah or twenty rak’ah. Everything is true, because the Prophet Muhammad did that. In the end, the debate about the number of rak’ahs in the Tarawih prayer must end immediately.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of Rak’ah in Tarawih prayer. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!


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