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Tarawih Prayer in Ramadan; A Basic Explanation

Learning Islamic Rule: Tarawih Prayer in the Month of Ramadan ~ Hi all readers! Soon Ramadan will come. Soon Muslim in all countries will fast in the month of Ramadan. As we have seen, that Ramadan is a very special month for Muslims. One of the most striking things is that a Muslim who performs worship in that month will get a lot of rewards. As we already know, that one of the popular worship services for the month is the Tarawih prayer.

Tarawih prayer is one of the recommended types of prayers. The prayer is not obligatory prayer, so a Muslim will not sin if he does not do it. There are some basic things about it that we should know about. That’s why I wrote this article. So you have to read this article to the end!

All Readers! Indeed, we will not find specific information about the Tarawih prayer in the Quran. But we can find that in the hadith. There are many hadiths that explain the Tarawih prayer. Of course I will not explain it all. In this article I will only explain two hadiths. The two hadiths I mean are as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ : مَنْ قَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيْمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ . رَوَاهُ الشَّيْخَانِ وَ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ وَابْنُ مَاجَهْ وَمَالِكٌ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that he (Prophet Muhammad) said, “Whoever worships in the month of Ramadan by faith and hopes for the pleasure of Allah, then the sins he has committed will be forgiven.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud, Ibn Majah, and Malik.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فِيْ الْمَسْجِدِ , فَصَلَّى بِصَلَاتِهِ نَاسٌ , ثُمَّ صَلَّى مِنَ الْقَابِلَةِ فَكَثُرَ النَّاسُ , ثُمَّ اجْتَمَعُوْا مِنَ اللَّيْلَةِ الثَّالِثَةِ وَالرَّابِعَةِ فَلَمْ يَخْرُجْ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ . فَلَمَّا أَصْبَحَ قَالَ : قَدْ رَأَيْتُ الَّذِيْ صَنَعْتُمْ وَلَمْ يَمْنَعْنِيْ الْخُرُوْجَ إِلَيْكُمْ إِلَّا أَنِّيْ خَشِيْتُ أَنْ تُفْرَضَ عَلَيْكُمْ . وَذَلِكَ فِيْ رَمَضَانَ . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ وَمُسْلِمٌ وَأُبُوْ دَاوُدَ

From Aisha radliyallahu anha, that one night the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam prayed in the mosque. People then pray like his prayer. Then he performed the prayer again the following night. Then more and more people are praying like his prayer. Then they gathered to perform the prayer on the third and fourth nights, but Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not go out of the house (to pray with them). When it arrived in the morning, he said, “Really I have seen what you have done, and there is nothing preventing me from going out to meet you (to pray together), except really I am worried that the prayer will be obliged.” That happened during Ramadan. ” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Read;

Punishment Because of Eating or Drinking in Ramadan

Tasting Food When We Are Fasting in Ramadan

All Readers! If we have read the two hadiths above, then we can at least conclude a number of things as follows;

First; Tarawih prayer is not a new ritual in Islamic history. Why is it like that? Certainly because the Prophet Muhammad had prayed while he was still alive.

Second; the two hadiths explain the status of Tarawih prayer, that prayer is a suggestion, not an obligation, as I have explained in the previous few paragraphs.

Third; Tarawih prayer can only be done in the month of Ramadan.

All Readers! That is an explanation of some basic things about 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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