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I know Taraweeh prayer is done after the Isha/evening prayer, but how many rakats is it usually? What separates it from the tahajjud prayer, which is also done at night as well?

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There are a few different opinions on the prescribed rakahs for Taraweh, but the most common opinion is of 20 rakahs.

In mosques they usually1 attempt to complete the whole Quran within the month of Ramadhan, so they recite a little more than a Juz (1/30th part) of the Quran each night. It may take a few hours depending on the speed of the reciter. People who don't offer the whole 20 rakahs usually leave after 8 or 12.

For reference see this video stream of Tarawih in the Masjid ul Haram and this query on islamqa.info on the opinions about the number of Rakahs.


1 As Medi1Saif mentioned in the comments. This may vary from place. Some schools of thought consider it the Sunnah to complete the whole Quran during the Taraweh ( source-1 , source-2).

  • All you are quoted are practices, which have no clear backup in the quran and sunnah. Imam's are asked to take care of their ma'mums. There's no evidence for completing the quran in taraweeh. I know of Imams whom only recite a few verses or short surahs during taraweeh, no matter if it falls in summer or winter. So on the whole the answer of مجاهد i've linked in my comment has a better backup. – Medi1Saif May 31 '17 at 11:55
  • @Medi1Saif I understood the question to be asking what to expect in practice in an average congregation in a mosque and not what is minimally prescribed in fiqh. – UmH May 31 '17 at 12:00
  • I know but this is simply hard to answer as it is the decision of the Imam. I also know of mosques where they complete the quran twice once in thajjud and once in taraweeh, others recite 5 ahzaab in taraweeh it is depending on people, location etc. there's no standard. The basis is there must be a gap (for sleeping) between taraweeh and tahajjud. – Medi1Saif May 31 '17 at 12:03

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