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The Status of Tarawih Prayers

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is congregational tarawih prayers compulsory sunnah having the kifiyah status as stated at …[site name] or tarawih prayers non-confirmed sunnah (and hence non-obligatory?) as you state on your forum?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

There is difference of opinion within the Hanafi school about this matter.

1. The position Ibn Abidin transmits in his Radd al-Muhtar is that tarawih prayers (all 20 rakats) is a confirmed sunna for both men and women. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

2. Praying it in congregation is recommended for men, but on a confirmed sunna in the sense that one who does not pray it in congregation is not subject to blame. However, they are normally missing out on great reward and a powerful means of strengthening one’s faith and the baraka of being with other believers.

3. Another position exists in the school, chosen by some, that praying tarawih in congregation is a confirmed sunna for men.

And Allah knows best.


Faraz Rabbani

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