How to Perform Taraweeh Prayer?

How to Perform Taraweeh Prayer

Ramadan is all around us, and like always it’s coming with all the love and joy it brings every year.

One of the things that I’ve noticed along the way is that Ramadan always brings people closer, friends and families.

Even if families don’t usually gather; they do in Ramadan and that’s the beauty of Ramadan, one of the things that gathers people together in Ramadan not just family and friends but all Muslims is Taraweeh Prayer.

So, in this article; we will cover how to perform the Taraweeh prayer whether you have just never done it before, forgot, or are just not sure if you are doing it right, so let’s get to it.

How to Perform Taraweeh Prayer?

Taraweeh prayer is a special night prayer performed during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to perform the Taraweeh prayer:

  1. Niyyah (Intention): Begin by making a sincere intention in your heart to perform the Taraweeh prayer, seeking the pleasure of Allah.
  2. Isha Prayer: Taraweeh is performed after the obligatory Isha prayer. Make sure you have performed the Isha prayer before starting Taraweeh.
  3. Choice of Location: Taraweeh can be performed individually at home or collectively in the mosque. It is traditionally performed in congregations in mosques during Ramadan.
  4. Number of Rak’ahs: Taraweeh consists of extra voluntary prayers, typically done in sets of two rak’ahs (units of prayer).
  5. Recitation of Quran: During each rak’ah, recite from the Quran. Traditionally, longer surahs (chapters) are recited in Taraweeh prayers.
  6. Takbeeratul Ihram: Start each rak’ah with Takbeer (saying “Allahu Akbar”) to enter into the prayer state.
  7. Rak’ahs: Perform the prayer as you would the regular Salah, with bowing (Ruku’), prostration (Sujood), and sitting (Jalsa). Each two rak’ahs form one complete unit. After completing each set of two rak’ahs, you can take a brief rest if needed before continuing.
  8. Tasleem: After completing the intended number of rak’ahs, conclude the prayer with the Tasleem (saying “Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah”) to both the right and left sides.
  9. Dua: It is customary to make supplications (dua) to Allah during Taraweeh prayers, especially during the witr prayer, which is performed after Taraweeh and can consist of an odd number of rak’ahs.
  10. Conclusion: Once you have completed the desired number of rak’ahs, you can conclude the Taraweeh prayer.

It’s essential to maintain proper focus, humility, and sincerity throughout the Taraweeh prayer, seeking the pleasure and forgiveness of Allah. 

Additionally, it’s recommended to perform Taraweeh with tranquility and devotion, as it is a time for spiritual reflection and connection with the Almighty.

Can Taraweeh be Done at Home Alone?

Yes, Taraweeh can be performed at home alone. While Taraweeh prayers are traditionally performed in congregations at mosques during Ramadan, it is permissible and acceptable to perform them individually at home. 

In fact, many people perform Taraweeh at home due to various reasons such as distance from the mosque, personal preference, or circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic when congregational prayers might be restricted.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when performing Taraweeh at home alone:

Praying at home will still require all of the things mentioned above, but there are other things you should pay attention to such as Prayer Space, and choosing a clean and quiet area in your home where you can perform the prayers without distractions.

Decide on the number of rak’ahs you wish to pray for Taraweeh. While the recommended number is 8, some people choose to pray more or less depending on their capability and schedule.

Recite from the Quran during each rak’ah, choosing longer surahs if possible.

It is recommended to make dua to Allah during Taraweeh prayers, especially during the witr prayer, which is performed after Taraweeh and can consist of an odd number of rak’ahs.

Performing Taraweeh at home alone allows for flexibility and convenience while still reaping the spiritual benefits of this special night prayer during Ramadan.

How Many Minutes Does Taraweeh Prayer Take?

The duration of Taraweeh prayer can vary depending on several factors, including the number of rak’ahs performed, the length of recitation, and the speed at which the prayer is conducted. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Number of Rak’ahs: Traditionally, Taraweeh consists of 8, 20, or more rak’ahs. Some individuals may choose to perform fewer rak’ahs based on their schedule or capability.
  2. Recitation: The length of time spent in each rak’ah can vary based on the length of the Quranic verses recited during the prayer. Some individuals may recite shorter surahs, while others may prefer longer ones.
  3. Pace of Prayer: The pace at which the prayer is conducted can also impact the overall duration. Some people may prefer a slower pace with longer pauses between movements, while others may pray at a faster pace.

Considering these factors, the duration of Taraweeh prayer can range from approximately 30 minutes to over an hour or more, depending on the individual’s preference and the specific customs followed in their community or household.

It’s important to note that the primary focus during Taraweeh should be on devotion, reflection, and connection with Allah, rather than rushing through the prayer to minimize its duration. 

Many people value the opportunity to engage in prolonged worship during Ramadan, savoring the spiritual atmosphere and seeking the blessings of the holy month.

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