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Taraaweeh is sunnah muakkadah but how

Fatwaa ID: 2230

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله و بركات..

Respected Muftiaan ikraam, we heard that Nabi (S) did not pray taraweeh consistently out of the fear of it becoming fard. And hence those not praying it would not be sinful.

But isn’t taraweeh considered sunnat-ul-muakidah? And those that miss it are sinful.

Can you please reconcile the two?


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

Taraaweeh Salaah is a sunnah muakkadah. To leave it out without a valid reason will render one blameworthy.

Your initial claim is incorrect. Nabi ﷺ performed Taraaweeh regularly and encouraged the illustrious Sahaabah (R) to do so as well. However, he prayed it in congregation a few nights only in fear of it becoming fardh. The encouragement is found in this as well. The practice of the Sahaabah (R) during the time of Nabi ﷺ was also to regularly perform it. Some would perform it individually while others in small congregations. Multiple congregations would take place at once in the masjid. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (R) then organized it and brought everyone into one or two congregations. Under his guidance, they would perform Taraaweeh every night in congregation, twenty rak’ahs. Consensus of the Sahaabah (R) was found on this. None of them objected. We’ve also been commanded to strictly adhere to the sunnah of the Khulafa Rashidoon. That is sufficient to establish the emphasized nature of Taraaweeh Salaah. The practice of the Ummah since then has been remained on that.

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

09/08/1445 AH – 03/19/2024 CE | AMG1-3810

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