// What are Taraweeh, Tahajud prayers?
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« on: Jul 14, 2012 11:56 PM »


Assalam Alakium,

What are Taraweeh Prayer and Tahajud Prayer (Night Prayer) during Ramadan? The mosque near me has this in their Ramadan program and I am not sure what these two are.  It says "there will be Tahajud Prayer during the weekends at 3:00 AM and during the last ten days of Ramadan"

Also what does Itikaaf mean? It said,  "Masjid will be open for Itikaaf during the last 10 days of Ramadan"

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 15, 2012 07:08 AM »

Walaikumassalam

Going by what your mosque has put up, Taraweeh is a voluntary prayer that is prayed during Ramadan, typically, right after Isha. Tahajjud is also a voluntary prayer but prayed late in the night and throughout the year, preferably in the last third of the night.

Itikaaf is a retreat from worldly life. You spend the last ten days(can be less also) of Ramadan in the Masjid doing extra Ibadah.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 16, 2012 05:51 PM »

Thank you Akhan,
Thank you for clearing that up for me, now I remember what Tahajjud prayer is.  How many rakkats are Taraweeh and is it similar to the regular prayers.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 16, 2012 07:24 PM »

The tradition is usually 20 rakats(in twos) for Taraweeh, in Saudi its 8 or 10 except for the haram where its 20, keep that in mind - tradition. But technically there is no specific number, only a minimum of two. The Sunnah is 8(again, in twos) plus 3 Witr. So, whatever your mosque does should be fine.
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