Concerning Taraaweeh

Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 55 | Size: 1 MB

All praises are for Allah who, out of His infinite Mercy, has giving us countless opportunities to remit our past sins, draw near to Him. And seek the reward that He has reserved for the believers.

And may His Peace and Blessings be on His Messenger, our Imaam, who showed us every way possible to draw near to Allah and Al-Jannah without any shortcoming, and upon all his family and companions, and whoever treads their path until the Day of Recompense.

Indeed one of the greatest opportunities Allah (SWT) has given this Ummah (nation) is the month of Ramadaan, in which He revealed His Book as a Guidance Criterion, and has attributed to this month many merits not attributed to others.

And from these opportunities is also he Taraweeh, of which the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever stands [in prayer] in Ramadaan with Eeman and hoping to attain reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Truly in praying Taraweeh, the servant feels khushoo’ and rejuvenates his Eeman, drawing him nearer and nearer to Allah. But what is so unfortunate is that instead of the praying being utilized in this fashion, it sometimes is made a tedious chore where one does not feel khushoo’, but rather looks forward to its conclusion.

Also, due to a lack of understanding of what is permissible in the Taraweeh and what is not, the prayer may even become a matter of tension; differences become apparent and views are expressed. Personal ideologies start to interfere with the general benefit of the people, and thus, the whole purpose of the prayer is destroyed.

So we deemed it to be in best interest to publish this small but extremely beneficial treatise, as a series of fataawah by our late beloved sheikh, Sheikh Abdul-Azeez bin Baaz, may Allah raise him amongst the prophets and righteous. This treatise clearly demonstrates his wisdom in dealing with affairs which may be points of dispute in the Taraaweeh. He sheds light upon many issues in respect to their permissibility, and one may even find that some issues have much more flexibility than is perceived.

We request all who read this book to study its meanings well and put them into practice, leaving behind any misconceptions they may have had about this blessed prayer in this blessed month, hoping that we can gain the fullest out of it, and Ramadaan be what it was intended to be, a month to remit our sins and achieve the station of Taqwa. Continue reading