This is the importance of taraweeh in Ramadan

03:18 PM | 21 May, 2019
This is the importance of taraweeh in Ramadan
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LAHORE - The word taraweeh comes from an Arabic word which means to rest and relax. The Hadith indicates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) led his followers in evening prayer on the 25th, 27th, and 29th nights of Ramadan, in the time after the isha prayer.

It is perfectly appropriate for anyone to offer Taraweeh prayer, which is the name used for night worship in Ramadan, at home, individually or in a group. In fact, it is better to offer voluntary prayers at home.

Taraweeh prayers are considered optional, not obligatory. However they have multiple benefits medically and spiritually.

Taraweeh is Sunnat-e-Muakkaddah which means that it has been emphasized on repeatedly by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Prophet said "Allah has made fasting in Ramadan obligatory, and I have made the special prayer of Ramadhan (the Tarawih), Sunnah".

Whether you offer 8 rakaats or 20 rakaats of Taraweeh in Ramadan, it is still much more than the amount of rakaat you offer throughout the year. Taraavih hence becomes a means through which offering Salah otherwise becomes less difficult, since one is already accustomed to standing in prayer for long periods during Taraweeh. It can hence be seen as a way through which one can practice offering Salah (see: Salah Times) regularly throughout the year, and is hence beneficial in actually restructuring our lives and making us more active and responsible Muslims throughout the year, not just in Ramadan.

Practicing the act of offering this prayer for entire month of Ramadan strengthens our faith and encourages us to do what pleases Allah Almighty and what makes Him happy.