Praying Taraweeh While Having Makeup Prayers

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Sidi Moustafa Elqabbany

I have, to my great shame, many years of missed fard prayers to make-up. During Ramazan, is it permissible for me to join in the tarawih jamaat but with the intention of praying make-up fajr prayers?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Yes, this is permissible. However, it is not recommended to do so for at least two reasons:

1. It is recommended to offer makeup prayers in the order in which they were missed. You could still do this by praying fajr behind the imam, then dhuhr, then asr, etc. For anything other than fajr you would simply rise and pray the remaining rak’ahs. However, one should be careful not to annoy or distract other people in the congregation with one’s actions.

2. It is not sunna to offer a missed prayer behind an imam who is praying a current prayer.

Allah the Exalted knows best.

Moustafa Elqabbany
Metro Vancouver, Canada


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