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Offering Prayers in Mosques - Sunnah or Anti-Sunnah?

TARAWIH Optional Salat (prayers) offered after the 'Isha  prayers, every night during the month of Ramadan.

Notes: 1. Offering Tarawih Prayers in the Mosques is NOT the Prophet's Sunnah.  2. The realities are the Prophet (s.a.s.) had strongly discouraged that practice by his words and by his actions. 3. During the rule of the first Khalif Muslims did not observe that practice. 4. It was regarded as Bida - an added Innovation. 5. The Qur'an reveals and Allah Commands us to abstain from whatever His Prophet forbids, see 59: 7.   6. The Ijma (Consensus among Islamic scholars) has to be based upon the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet and not the other way around7. Think! Will your next generations to come be able to keep up with this Added Innovation if you do continue? 8. Allah (swt) perfected the Deen Islam for us (see 5:3), Allah did mention Tahajjud but not the Tarawih in the Revealed text. 9. There are Muslims who do recite Tarawih Prayers in their homes and their actions have valid supports. 10. Absorbing is better than Listening: 


Allah's Apostle made a small room (with a palm leaf mat). Allah's Apostle came out (of his house) and prayed in it. Some men came and joined him in his prayer. Then again the next night they came for the prayer, but Allah's Apostle delayed and did not come out to them. So they raised their voices and knocked the door with small
stones (to draw his attention). He came out to them in a state of anger, saying,
"You are still insisting (on your deed, i.e. Tarawih prayer in the mosque) that I thought that this prayer (Tarawih) might become obligatory on you. So you people, offer this prayer at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is the one which
he offers at home,
except the compulsory (congregational) prayer."


   Al-Bukhari 8: 134 (The above text is reproduced from the computer CD 'ALIM')

The following text was added on October 14, 2004:

The entire text of the above Hadeeth in Arabic and English is found in the published book SAHIH AL-BUKHARI Volume 8, Book 78 'THE BOOK OF AL-ADAB (GOOD MANNERS)', Page 81, Hadeeth No. 6113, Narrated by Zaid bin Thabit. The same Hadeeth is repeated in Volume 9, Book 96 'HOLDING FAST TO THE QUR'AN AND THE SUNNAH', Page 240, Hadeeth No. 7290 Narrated by Zaid bin Thabit who was the personal secretary of the Prophet (s.a.s.).

Both these Hadeeths do end with this noteworthy passage:-

 "Therefore, O people! Perform your Salat (prayers) at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is what is performed at his home except the compulsory (congregational) prayer."

The following verse of the Qur'an guides the believers to follow the "People in authority from among us" as long as they do not teach us or command us to follow that which is contradictory or disputable to what has been revealed to us by Allah (s.w.t.) or what His Prophet had preached or acted upon during his life. 

"O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and those of you who are in authority; and if you have a dispute  concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the messenger if you are (in truth) believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end." Qur'an 4: 59.



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