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Article: Concerning the Number of Rakaahs in Taraweeh

Assalamu Alaikum.

I just came across this very nice article by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah) about the number of rakaahs in Taraweeh.

Everyone is advised to read it – especially those who spend time fighting over whether it’s supposed to be 8 or 20 rakaahs.


Concerning the Number of Rak’ahs in Taraaweeh

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen

Translated exclusively for


[In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful… After mentioning the Sunnah of praying 11 and 13 rak’ahs for Taraaweeh, and that it is best, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen then said:]

However, if the people of the masjid prefer that he (the imaam) shortens the length of the recitation and the length of the bowings and prostrations, and increases the number of rak’ahs, saying: “Verily this is easier on us,” then there is no harm if he agrees with them, due to the generality of the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“Make things easy and do not make things difficult.” [1]

And also due to the generality of his statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“When one of you leads the people (in prayer), then let him shorten (the length of the prayer).” [2]

So long as we do not fall into anything prohibited, then bringing ease to those under our authority is better and takes precedence. The imaam is the one responsible for the masjid, having been put in authority over the praying people, thus he is called the “imaam.” The imaam is the one who has authority over them in affairs related to the prayer, for example he orders them to establish their rows and straighten them. So if the imaam is requested to be easy on them by increasing the number (of rak’ahs) while shortening the bowings, prostrations, and recitations, then there is no harm in that.

With this we must say that it is not befitting for us that we be excessive or neglectful, as some of the people commit ghuluw (excessiveness) when they stick to the Sunnah of the number (of rak’ahs), saying, “It is not permissible to increase upon the number that comes in the Sunnah,” and they speak in the sternest way against someone who increases upon that (by praying more than 11 or 13 rak’ahs), saying that he is sinful and disobedient. And there is no doubt that this is a mistake. How could he be sinful or disobedient when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) was asked about the night prayer, and he said:

(It is) two (rak’ahs) by two (rak’ahs).” [3]

And he did not limit it to any set number. And it is well known that a person who asks about the night prayer does not know the number (of its rak’ahs), since the one who does not know how to pray the night prayer would more rightfully not know the number (of its rak’ahs). Furthermore, he (the questioner) was not from the servants of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), so we can not say that he knew about the affairs within his house.

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Article: The Fiqh of Taraweeh

Assalamu Alaikum.

I found a nice* piece on the fiqh of taraweeh.

[*It’s nice if you like hard core stuff, which I do. See, this is a translation of a chapter from the explanation of a classic Hanbali fiqh book.

So, if you don’t like the heavy stuff, this might not be for you. Although, I’d advise you to download it and read it anyway. You never know, you might like it.]

So, here it is: The Fiqh of Taraweeh.


Book: Humility in Prayer

Assalamu Alaikum.

Still looking for ways to focus in salah and get that wonderful feeling of khushoo (humility)?

Try this book by Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah): Humility in Prayer.

I haven’t had a chance to read all of it but I learnt a lot by just skimming through the book.

Also, Imam Ibn Rajab is a fantastic author. Too bad he lived centuries ago…


Article: The Superiority of the Night (Tahajjud) Prayer in Increasing Iman

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, the Month of Night Prayer is here.

However, is it the only month where we’re supposed to pray at night?

Short answer: No.

Ramadan helps to train us pray the night prayer so that we can continue for the rest of the year.

So, here’s an article (from one of my favourite authors) to help us understand the importance of this prayer: The Superiority of the Night (Tahajjud) Prayer in Increasing Iman by Shaikh Hussain Al-Awaaishah.


Summarisation of the First 12 Ajzaa

Assalamu Alaikum.

In an earlier post, I mentioned some tips to focus on Taraweeh and uploaded a file which contains the contents of each juz.

For those who prefer to listen, here’s a summarisation of the first 12 Ajzaa of the Quran.

[Note: That’s my tafsir blog. I’ll add all the tafsir related stuff there, and not on this (i.e. the Ramadan) blog. So, if you’re interested, please try to subscribe to it or check it regularly. I’ll try to post regularly, insha-Allah.]


Article: The Night Prayer During Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s another article on the Taraweeh / Qiyaam al-Layl in Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid. He’s answered some of the common questions. Quite nice indeed.

[Sorry about those question mark thingies in the article. The original article was like that.]


Night Prayer during Ramadhan
(Al-Qiyaam or Taraweeh)

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: �The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to encourage us to pray at night in Ramadaan, without making it obligatory. Then he said, �Whoever prays at night in Ramadaan out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.� When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, this is how things were (i.e., Taraaweeh was not prayed in congregation), and this is how they remained during the khilaafah of Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him), until the beginning of the khilaafah of �Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).�

�Amr ibn Murrah al-Juhani said: �A man from Qudaa�ah came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, �O Messenger of Allaah! What do you think if I testify that there is no god except Allaah, and that you, Muhammad, are His Messenger, and I pray the five daily prayers, and fast in the month (of Ramadaan), and pray at night in Ramadaan, and pay zakaah?� The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: �Whoever dies on that will be among the siddeeqeen (those who tell the truth) and the martyrs.��

Laylat al-Qadr and its timing

2 � The best of its nights is Laylat al-Qadr, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: �Whoever prays at night during Laylat al-Qadr {and manages to �catch� it} out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.�

3 � According to the most correct opinion, it is the twenty-seventh night of Ramadaan. Most of the ahaadeeth state this, such as the hadeeth of Zurr ibn Hubaysh, who said: �I heard Ubayy ibn Ka�b saying � and it was said to him that �Abd-Allaah ibn Mas�ood said: �Whoever follows the Sunnah will �catch� Laylat al-Qadr!� � Ubayy (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: �May Allaah have mercy on him, he did not want people to take it for granted and only stay up to pray on one night. By the One besides Whom there is no other god, it is in Ramadaan � he was swearing without a doubt � and by Allaah, I do know which night it is. It is the night in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to pray (qiyaam). It is the night the morning of which is the twenty seventh, and the sign of it is that the sun rises on that morning white and without rays.��

In another report, this was attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

(Reported by Muslim and others).

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Book: The Night Prayer in Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum.

Ramadan isn’t just about fasting. That’s just for the daytime. Allah has ordained another act of worship for the night: the Taraweeh prayer.

Shaikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah) wrote a book on Taraweeh and then prepared an abridgment. Here’s the translation of that abridgment: The Night Prayer in Ramadan.

He talks about the different ways of doing Taraweeh*. He also has a discussion on Laylatul Qadr** and itikaaf.

[*Just a note: According to most of the scholars, it is permitted to pray more than 8 rakaahs in taraweeh / qiyam al layl. I personally prefer the 8+3 approach but it is permitted to do more.]

[**Shaikh Al-Albani prefers the opinion that it is only on the 27th. Many of the other scholars said that it changes. The latter seems to be a stronger opinion when we see that there are ahadeeth which show that Laylatul Qadr came on the 21st and the 23rd nights in the Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) time. Allahu Alam.]



Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, another book.

It’s amazing just how much (free) information we have available, isn’t it? And are we trying to benefit from it?

This book is online: Ramadan and Fasting by Abdel Kader Kamel Tayeb.

There’s a nice intro where he explains why we fast. He also has a nice long section where he mentions the virtues of fasting and Ramadan.

Attention all parents [Yes Brothers, educating your child is your responsibility too, not just your wife’s.]: He also has a section called “Educating your children in Ramadan“.

I just discovered this book today so I haven’t read it. Overall, it seems quite decent though.



Assalamu Alaikum.

I discovered another Ramadan e-book in my e-library: The Fast of Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Jameel Zino.

Some points that I noted as I quickly browsed through the book:

1) It’s very simple but he has covered just about all the topics related to Ramadan.

2) It’s extremely well-organised.

I remembered something as I browsed through it: the greater and more knowledgeable the author, the simpler the book. Don’t believe me? Just take a few books of the top scholars* of today and compare them to the books of the students of knowledge and you’ll see what I mean. The scholars have a simplicity to their writing that will really touch you.

[Unfortunately, this word is overused in our time. There are very few scholars in the world. For example, the UAE has NO scholars – although there are many people of knowledge here, alhamdulillah.

Who decides who is a scholar and who isn’t? Well, the scholars themselves. decide. When the scholars accept a person as a scholar, well then, he is a scholar.]