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Questions on Taraweeh.

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As-salaamu ‘alaykum.

I had a few Questions:

1) When praying Taraweeh, while making the intention do you have to make intention that this is the 1and 2 rakat then this is my 3and 4 rakat, or is making general intention that im praying 2 rakat taraweeh enough?

2) can a pesron pray taraweeh after witr?

3) if a person is following the imam and missess out like 6 rakats or how many ever, now should he make those up then join the imam or just make those up after witr?

4) people say that the Quran has a right to be read by everyone atleast twice, is this right, if so can you please provide the hadith for it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1- It is sufficient to make a general intention for two rakaats taraweeh salaah at the beginning of each set.

2- It is permissible to pray Taraweeh salaah after Witr, however it is preferable to offer Witr after the Taraweeh.

3- If a person missed a number of Rakaats of Taraweeh, he should join in behind the Imaam, thereafter complete the missed Rakaats after the witr Salaah. He should offer the Witr in congregation.

4- Regarding the statement you mentioned in your inquiry, it is narrated by Al-Hasan bin Zayd (may Allah have mercy on him) that Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allah have mercy on him) stated: “Whoever reads the Quran (completing it) twice per year then verily he fulfilled its right [haqq] because the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) recited the Quran to Jibril (alayhi al-salam) twice in the year He (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) passed away in.”[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)


[1] روى الحسن بن  زياد عن أبي حنيفة أنه قال من قرأ القرآن في كل سنة مرتين فقد أدى حقه لأن النبي

صلى الله عليه وسلم عرض على جبريل في السنة التي قبض فيها مرتين

الإتقان في علوم القرآن

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