By Nisaar nadiadwala
Among the most disputed questions in Ramadaan : How many rakah in Taraweeh ?.. Why don’t we inquire the lenght of the Taraweeh and insist for a long one? Taraweeh means long Qiyam.
The word Tarweeh is actually Qiyamul Layl. Qiyam means to stand. Layl means dark or dark night. So to stand at night. It is expected that this salah is suppose to have long Qiyam supported by long rukoo and long sujood. Aisha r.a. called this a ‘beautiful qiyam, beautiful rukoo, beautiful sujood’.
‘Aa’ishah r.a. said, “Do not abandon Qiyaam Al-Layl, for the Messenger of Allaah ( peace be upon him) never left it. If he was not well or he felt heavy, he prayed sitting.”
Abu Hurairah r.a. reported: “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) encouraged the people, without making it an absolute command, to perform Qiyam during Ramadan. He used to say: ‘Whoever stands (in Qiyam) in Ramadan out of faith and expectation (of Allah’s reward), all his previous sins will be forgiven.’ ” (Sahih Muslim)
Even the Qur’an apreciates this Qiyamul Layl ” Is one who is devoutly obedient during the periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]?…” [Quran 39:9]. Ibn ‘Umar used to the above verse and used to refer ‘Uthmaan Ibn Affaan . Ibn Abi Haatim said Ibn ‘Umar said that it the length of the prayer of the commander of the faithful, ‘Uthmaan, at night and his recitation.
‘Umar Ibn al-Khattaab used to pray at night what he wished, until it was in the middle of the night, when he would awaken his family to pray; then he would say to them “prayer… prayer”, and would recite this verse of the Qur’an which means: “And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.” [Quran 20:132]
In those days Sahaba like Ubay bin Ka’ab, whose recitation was beautiful were appointed for leading Taraweeh. Today people whose speed is beautiful are preferred. Umar bin al Khattab appointed Tamimdari r.a. to lead
When you pray Qiyamul Layl throughout the Ramadaan, inshallah you will develop a sound habit of continuing it even after Ramadaan. So be regular and inshallah you will add one more beautiful sunnah of all the Messengers in your daily routine.
Author Nisaar nadiadwala canbe responded at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was narrated from Umm Humayd, the wife of Abu Humayd al-Saa’idi, that she came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I love to pray with you.” He said: “I know that you love to pray with me, but your praying in your room is better for you than your praying in your house, and your praying in your house is better for you than your praying in your courtyard, and your praying in your courtyard is better for you than your praying in the mosque of your people, and your praying in the mosque of your people is better for you than your praying in my mosque.” So she gave orders that a ‘mosque’ be built for her in the innermost and darkest part of her house, and she used to pray there until she met Allaah (i.e., died).
Not saying its prohibited for sisters to go to the Masjid, BUT its better for them to pray at home due to the fitnah that is immanent today. You see brothers on the side checking out the sisters on the other side visa versa after salaah, this is what happens!
Sisters you wana go to the masjid, make sure you cover yourself properly none of this ‘tight fit jilbaab’ and recommended would be the Niqaab insha’Allah and remember no perfume!
May Allah increase us in taqwa, akhlaaq and ilm. Ameen