Taraweeh Dua and how to offer Taraweeh prayer at home

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Taraweeh is one of the most significant practices of the Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. It is although a non-obligatory but is offered with the belief that they will be rewarded with the divine gifts and their prior sins may be pardoned.

What is Taraweeh Prayer?

The holy month Ramadan brings us the increased worship, fasting during the day, and offering special prayers at night. These special prayers at night are known as Taraweeh. Taraweeh prayer means “rest prayer” as after each of the four rakaats, Muslims sit for a brief period of rest and recite the Taraweeh Dua before continuing further. These night prayers are also called ‘Qiyām al layl’ (night prayers). These prayers are voluntary but are strongly recommended and widely practiced.

Why offer Traweeh Prayer and what is reward of it?

The rewards for good deeds are multiplied during the holy month of Ramadān, thus the rewards for Tarāweeh prayer also manifold. The month of Ramadān is a blessing; it is the time to focus and build our personal relationship with Allāh. These prayers bring you closer to Allāh, so you should not only recite but also try to find out the meaning of what you are reciting and ensure that you pray with full devotion.

Who should offer Traweeh prayer?

Performing this prayer is Sunnah for both men and women and even for those who have an excuse not to fast.

When to offer Traweeh Prayer?

The Taraweeh prayer begins after the ‘Isha prayer, and before the Witr prayer.

How to offer Taraweeh Prayer?

There is nothing special or extra to offer for Taraweeh prayer. It is similar to regular prayers and is offered in sets of two rakaat each. A break is taken after every 4 rakaat and following Taraweeh Dua (supplication) is recited.

سُبْحانَ ذِي الْمُلْكِ وَالْمَلَكُوتِ سُبْحانَ ذِي الْعِزَّةِ وَالْعَظَمَةِ وَالْهَيْبَةِ وَالْقُدْرَةِ وَالْكِبْرِياءِ وَالْجَبَرُوْتِ سُبْحانَ الْمَلِكِ الْحَيِّ الَّذِيْ لا يَنامُ وَلا يَمُوتُ سُبُّوْحٌ قُدُّوْسٌ رَبُّنا وَرَبُّ المْلائِكَةِ وَالرُّوْحِ اللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنا مِنَ النّارِ يا مُجيرُ يا مُجيرُ يا مُجيرُ

Exalted is the Possessor of the hidden and the manifest dominion.  Exalted is the Possessor of Might, Greatness, Reverence, Power, Pride, and Majesty.  Exalted is the Master, the Living, the one who neither sleeps nor dies.  All-perfect, All-holy, Our Lord, and the Lord of the angels and the souls.  O Allāh, grant us refuge from the Hellfire.  O Granter of refuge, O Granter of refuge, O Granter of refuge.

Depending on the belief you follow, you can choose to pray eight rakaat or twenty rakaat in sets of two rakaat each.

If you are offering the prayer in congregation in the mosque, the Prayer Leader or Imam who may likely to recite a Juz each day and complete the Quran during the holy month.

If you are planning to offer the Taraween prayer at home alone or with family, you may recite any part of the Qur’ān without any restriction.

How many rakaat should be offered?

Tarāweeh is prayed in sets of two rakaat each, in the same way as regular prayer is offered. There is a dispute among different schools of Fiqh, the Muslims offer 8, 12, or 20 rakaat as per their belief and convenience, but one can offer less rakaat. Taraweeh prayer is offered with a combination of two rakat each until all intended rakaats are offered. After each four rakaat, Taraweeh Dua is recited. One should keep in mind that the quality of Tarāweeh prayers matters not the quantity.

Can we offer Traweeh prayer at home?

It is preferred and recommended that Muslims attend the Taraweeh prayers in the mosque in congregation. However, under the catastrophic situation due to pandemic coronavirus (Covid’19) threat, the governments have requested the people to offer prayers at homes. Therefore, prayers may be offered at home either individually or with family members. So this was Taraweeh dua and how to offer taraweeh prayer at home.

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