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Recitation in Tarawih

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I was really saddened by the alarming speed which our Huffaadh recited in during the Tarawih prayers. Based on this, I have the following queries:

1) Should the mode of recital, postures ad composure which the Imam has in Fardh prayers also be applicable for the Tarawih prayers?

2) Is there really a need to recite with so much haste?

3) Can he Huffaadh recite 2-3 paras a nght?

4) Will the recitation of such high speeds where the words are eaten up and no consideration is given to the laws of Tajwid be of any benefit?

5) Why do the Ulama not condemn this type of recitation?


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahamtullahi wa barakatuhu,

[1] The normal rules applicable to the performance of any Fardh Salaah will also be applicable to the Taraweeh Salaah in as far as the mode of recital, due regard of the various postures of Salaah, and the composure with which any Salaah is normally performed.

[2] There is no need to recite the Quraan at such high speeds that it cannot be understood and the letters are not pronounced in accordance with the rules of Tajweed in the Taraweeh Salaah. Such a recital is strictly forbidden and may even nullify the Salaah.

[3] Yes, there is no harm in reciting two or three paras a night in Taraweeh to complete one recital of the Quraan therein, on condition that Taraweeh is not left out totally thereafter on the premise that one has already completed the Quraan in the Taraweeh, as performing Taraweeh throughout the month of Ramadhaan is a separate duty altogether.

[4] Such recitation is of no benefit and will become a burden on the reciter for not fulfilling the rights of the Quraan.

[5] The Ulama do certainly condemn and prohibit all such violations in the most stringent of terms.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

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