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Taraaweeh in the Haramain

Fatwaa ID: 2215

Question about taraweeh in Haramain.

  1. The taraweeh prayers have been shortened to 10 rakahs in the 2 Holy Mosques. Does reading 10 suffice or can we read 10 more by ourselves to complete 20 rakah?
  2. How do we read Witr prayer behind a Shafi imam (as their method differs from the Hanafi method)? I have heard we read behind the imam and then repeat it by ourselves, is that correct?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. The agreed upon sunnah for Taraaweeh Salaah since the golden era of the Sahaabah (R) is twenty rak’ahs. That has also been the practice for the past 1400+ in the Haramain. It is truly unfortunate to see the Haramain going against this now. May Allaah Ta’aala guide them to return back to the sunnah. Nevertheless, you should perform another ten (10) rak’ahs afterwards by yourself or in congregation in your hotel rooms.
  2. See the following fatwaa,

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/30/1445 AH – 03/11/2024 CE | AML1-9878

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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