Are Tarawih and Tahajjud Prayers Different or the Same? Are they both from the sunna of the Prophet?

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Asalamo alykum

The Imam at the mosque where I go for tarawih prayer also prays witr jamaat. Does this mean that the taraweeh count as the tahajjud?
If not then should I leave the mosque after offering the tarawih and pray the witr at home with tahajjud?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, the tarawih prayer and the night-vigil (tahajjud) prayer are not the same thing.

The tarawih prayer is twenty units (rak`ats) and a confirmed sunna in the Hanafi school. [see: Can I Just Pray 8 Cycles of Tarawih?]

The tahajjud prayer is a recommended sunna and optimally eight units (rak`ats). [see: Tahajjud Prayer: Description & Merits]

And during Ramadan, it is superior to pray the Witr in congregation.

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

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