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Why Taraweeh? What Is Its Meaning and Origin?

#4. The Prophet prayed 8 rak`at of taraweeh and 3 rak`at of witr

`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked about the Prophet’s night prayer; she said:

“he did not pray more than 11 rak`at [a night] in Ramadan or any other month. he used to pray 4 rak`at -don’t ask me about their beauty and length–and then he would pray 4 more rak`at-don’t ask me about their beauty and length–and then he would pray 3 rak`at (of witr).” (Al-Bukhari)

#5. The Prophet did not assign any number for taraweeh prayer

When he was asked about night prayer, he said: “Prayers at night are offered in two followed by two. Then, if you fear dawn will come, pray witr with one.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

#6. Finish taraweeh with the Imam & get the reward of entire night

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The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever prays qiyam with the imam until he finishes, Allah will record for him the qiyam of a (whole) night.” (An-Nasa’i and authenticated by Al-Albani)

Do NOT leave after 8, if the imam is praying 20 or 36!

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