Fatwaa ID: 984
Asalamu’alaikum mufti, Ramadan Mubarak. I have the following questions.
1 what’s the difference be tween fard and wajib?
2 Are witr sunnah or wajib?
3 Is there a minimum or maximum amount of tarawah that can be prayed?
4 Tarawah is a.sunnah correct?
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
- In application, fardh and waajib are the same: obligatory. The difference between the two is in technicalities. Rejecting the former renders one a kaafir while the latter a faasiq. The two levels are because of the status of the evidences for both.
- Witr is waajib according to the Hanafi legal school, an emphasized sunnah according to the others. One should adhere to the position of his legal school.
- The established and perpetual sunnah from the time of the Sahaabah (R) until today is to perform twenty rak’ahs for Taraaweeh. Twenty is a Sunnah Muakkadah. If one wishes to pray more during the nights of Ramadhan, he may do so. The Maaliki legal school suggests thirty-six rak’ahs, and some even suggest forty. If one performs less than twenty, that will still count as Taraaweeh but he will be acting contrary to the sunnah.
- Taraaweeh is a Sunnah Muakkadah.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
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