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Taraaweeh in the masjid or Fajr

Fatwaa ID: 906

السلام علیکم و رحمت الله و برکاته
If one had to pick, because one may get tired, is it more important to perform Fajr and Isha in Jamaat in musjid and reading taraweh at home faster, or better to read taraweh in musjid and pray fajr at home?

In Ramadhan the musjids are full for Isha/taraweh Alhamdulillah and at Fajr in ramadhan it’s not.

Is it sinful to pray taraweh at home or maybe 8 rakats in musjid and rest at home?
Is it sinful to pray fajr at home?

The assumption is that person cannot do taraweh and fajr in musjid so which ones preferred

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

We do not understand why a person is able to attend one of the two. He should try his best to attend both even if it requires some sacrifice from his side. Ramadhan is only here for a few days. One should value it and exert himself to do the most. Show Allaah Ta’aala how much you value it.

Nevertheless, ‘Ishaa and Fajr Salaah must be performed in congregation. The place of salaah for men is the masjid. One will be sinful for not attending the congregation unless he has a valid Shari’ah sanctioned reason. Taraaweeh, an emphasized sunnah, should also be performed with the congregation, preferably in the masjid. The larger the crowd, the greater the reward. Furthermore, the sunnah of completing a rendition of the Qur’aan may not be possible if performed alone or at home. Push yourself to perform all three salaahs in full in the masjid, especially the ‘Ishaa and the Fajr Salaah. Do not let the shaytaan overpower you and deprive you.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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