Is Ramadhaan Taraweeh 8 or 20 Rak’at? By Dr Zakir Naik


The number of rak’ahs is eleven, and it is preferable in our opinion not to exceed this number, following the practice of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because he never did more than that in his life. ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) was asked about how he prayed in Ramadaan.

She said, ‘The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never prayed more than eleven rak’ahs (of qiyaam), whether during Ramadaan or any other time. He would pray four, and don’t ask me how beautiful or how long they were. Then he would pray four, and don’t ask me how beautiful or how long they were. Then he would pray three.

[Reported by al-Bukhaari, Muslim and others]

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4 Responses to “Is Ramadhaan Taraweeh 8 or 20 Rak’at? By Dr Zakir Naik”

  1. Shahzad Zarab Says:

    Thank you Sir Dr.Zakir Naik!
    If The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) pray 8 Rakat in Ramadan and after that why Hazrat Ummer (R.A.) pray the 20 Rakat in Ramadan???????
    I need serious and authentic answer with references.

    Fi Amanillah!

  2. Mr. Minhaj Chisti Says:

    hazrat umar do not commanded to pray 20 rakats, but as stated in muwatta imam malik he commanded the 2 imams to lead the prayer for 11 rakats i.e 8 taraweeh+ 3 witr.
    in some traditions it seems that peoples prayed more than 11 rakats, but the order of hazrat umar was not that.
    and ALLAH (s.w.t) knows the best.

  3. savaiz bashir Says:

    Taraweeh 20/8 Rakats.MUST READ
    Initially Prophet Muhammad salla lah
    alaihi wa sallam Prayed In The Mosqu
    Praying at Night in Ramadaan
    (Taraweeh) Bukhari :: Book 3 ::
    Volume
    32 :: Hadith 229Narrated ‘Urwa:
    That he was informed by ‘Aisha,
    “Allah’s Apostle went out in the midd
    of the night and prayed in the mosqu
    and some men prayed behind him. In
    the morning, the people spoke about
    and then a large number of them
    gathered and prayed behind him (on
    the second night). In the next
    mornin
    the people again talked about it and
    on the third night the mosque was fu
    with a large number of people. Allah’
    Apostle came out and the people
    prayed behind him. On the fourth
    night the Mosque was overwhelmed
    with people and could not
    accommodate them, but the Prophet
    came out (only) for the morning praye
    When the morning prayer was finishe
    he recited Tashah-hud and
    (addressin
    the people) said, “Amma ba’du, your
    presence was not hidden from me
    but
    was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiya
    should be enjoined on you and you
    might not be able to carry it on.” So,
    Allah’s Apostle died and the
    situation
    remained like that (i.e. people
    prayed
    individually). ”
    it is clear that there is no fixed limit
    for the Tarawih Prayer; therefore, one
    should refrain from getting into any
    controversy in this regard. However,
    in
    mosques, where 20 congregational
    Rakats are offered, it is advisable not
    to offer 8 Rakats in different
    congregation so that there is no
    confli
    among the Muslims.
    Later Umar R.A Allowed
    Congregation:
    Praying at Night in Ramadaan
    (Taraweeh) Bukhari :: Book 3 ::
    Volume
    32 :: Hadith 227 Narrated Abu
    Huraira:
    Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prayed
    at night the whole month of Ramadan
    out of sincere Faith and hoping for a
    reward from Allah, then all his previo
    sins will be forgiven.” Ibn Shihab (a
    sub-narrator) said, “Allah’s Apostle di
    and the people continued observing
    that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually,
    not in congregation), and it remained
    as it was during the Caliphate of Abu
    Bakr and in the early days of ‘Umar’s
    Caliphate.” ‘Abdur Rahman bin
    ‘Abdul
    Qari said, “I went out in the company
    of ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in
    Ramadan to the mosque and found th
    people praying in different groups. A
    man praying alone or a man praying
    with a little group behind him. So,
    ‘Umar said, ‘In my opinion I would
    better collect these (people) under th
    leadership of one Qari (Reciter) (i.e. l
    them pray in congregation!)’. So, he
    made up his mind to congregate
    them
    behind Ubai bin Ka’b. Then on anoth
    night I went again in his company an
    the people were praying behind their
    reciter. On that, ‘Umar remarked, ‘Wh
    an excellent Bid’a this is; but the prayer which
    they do not perform, but sleep at its
    time is better than the one they are
    offering.’ He meant the prayer in the
    last part of the night. (In those days)
    people used to pray in the early part
    the night.”
    Twenty Three Rakats
    Prayer in Ramadan Malik :: Book 6 :
    Hadith 6.2.5
    Yahya related to me from Malik that
    Yazid ibn Ruman said, “The people
    used to watch the night in prayer
    during Ramadan for twenty-three raka
    in the time of Umar ibn al-Khattab.”
    *Note:Twenty of Taraweeh and 3 of
    witr.
    We also find that some of the Taba’ee
    used to pray 20 and some used to
    pra
    36 Rakats in Tarawih. (Musannaf Ibn
    Abi Shaiba, Vol.2, Pages 165 & 166).
    Praying at Night in Ramadaan
    (Taraweeh) Bukhari :: Book 3 ::
    Volume
    32 :: Hadith 226 Narrated Abu
    Huraira:
    I heard Allah’s Apostle saying regardi
    Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night i
    it (the month of Ramadan) out of
    sincere Faith and hoping for a reward
    from Allah, then all his previous sins
    will be forgiven.”

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