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Why Taraweeh? What Is Its Meaning and Origin?

#7. The matter is wide in scope and one can pray more than 8

8 rak`at + 3 witr = Majority of hadith scholars.

20 rak`t + 3 witr = Imam Ahmad, Imam Abu Hanifah and Imam Ash-Shafi`i

36 rak`at + 3 witr = Imam Malik

#8. Quality is more important than quantity

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would take approximately 5 hours (sometimes whole night) to complete taraweeh (when praying 8) and he would recite slowly and carefully.

#9. Reward = all of your previous sins forgiven

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

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Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

#10. Do not be too sensitive in matters of scholarly differences

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Religion is easy; whoever overburdens himself in religion will be overpowered by it (i.e. he will not be able to continue in that way.)

So pursue what is good moderately; try to be near to perfection (if you cannot attain it); and receive the good tidings (that you will be rewarded).

Gain strength by worshiping in the mornings, the afternoons, and some part of the night’s last hours.” (Al-Bukhari)

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