Since Ramadan’s Voluntary Night Prayers (Taraweeh) are one of the core characteristics of I’tikaf, so let us discuss them starting this article, for they are indeed one of Ramadan’s greatest gifts to the Muslim nation.
Taraweeh prayers are one of the signs of faith, if associated with pure intentions and proper concentration. Allah SWT describes the faithful as “Who forsake their beds to cry unto their Lord in fear and hope” (32:16).
And the prophet SAW said “If one stays up the nights of Ramadan (praying and doing acts of remembrance), one’s past sins will be forgiven” [Bukhari and Muslim].
The prophet SAW also explained to us how to pray those Night Prayers “The night prayers are to be performed in sets of two rak’as, one after the other. Then they are to be concluded with one rak’ah, before the break of dawn” [Bukhari and Muslim].
Furthermore, the prophet SAW says “The best prayers other than obligatory ones are those offered in the middle of the night” [Muslim].
And Aisha rA describing the prophet’s Night prayer said “He (the prophet SAW) would perform a 4-rak’ah set first. You can’t imagine how well performed and how long they were. Then he would pray another 4-rak’ah set. You can’t imagine how well performed and how long they were! He would conclude with a 3-rak’ah set” [Bukhari and Muslim].
In sha’ Allah in Part 21, we will answer questions related to Taraweeh Prayer…