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.


1. Number of Raka’aat in Taraweeh.
2. Varying the number of raka’aat.
3. Praying eleven rak’ah behind an Imaam who prays twenty-three.
4. Giving to different masaajid seeking a nice voice.
5. Travelling to different masaajid every night.
6. Completing the entire Qur’aan in Taraweeh.
7. The Prophet (PBUH) revising the Qur’aan with Jibreel (A.S).
8. Reciting a fixed amount of Qur’aan in every rak’ah.
9. Paying consideration to the weak and the old.
10. General principle in deciding its length.
11. The Taraweeh and the Qiyaam, and its lengthening in the last ten days.
12. The Imaam holding a mushaf in the prayer.
13. The congregation carrying a mushaf.
14. Weeping in a loud voice.
15. Repeating verses dealing with mercy or punishment.
16. Repeating the verses describing Allah.
17. Weeping in supplication and not in the Qur’aan.
18. Forcing oneself to cry in Taraweeh.
19. Reciting the Qur’aan melodiously.
20. The shortest time allowed completing the Qur’aan.
21. The Imaam charging a fee.
22. Recitation in the last three rak’ah.
23. Supplication after completing the Qur’aan.
24. When to supplicate upon completing the Qur’an.
25. Particular supplication recited upon its completion.
26. Traveling to different masaajid in its Regard.
27. Traveling to Makkah or Madinah in its regards.
28. Supplication of the Qunoot in witr and Fajr.
29. Raising the hands in the Qunoot.
30. How to begin the Qunoot.
31. Supplication with other than what was reported.
32. Supplication in a rhyming way, and lengthening the description of the Al-Jannah or an-Naar.
33. Changing the wording of the supplications.
34. Performing another rak’ah when the Imaam pronounces tasleem in the witr.
35. The Imaam appointing another person to lead.
36. The Imaam pausing after Surah al-Faatihah.
37. Joining the Taraweeh with the niyyah of praying ‘Ishaa.
38. Reciting the Qur’aan and praying superogatory prayer.
39. Reciting and listening to the Qur’aan.

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