This question is about the taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. My question is not about 8 or 20 rak'ahs; rather I wanted to know if it is ok to pray taraweeh prayers at home.

Is it ok if I pray the taraweeh prayers alone at home after completing the Eesha salaah by congregation in the Masjid? For years I have been trying to get an answer to this, but have got different opinions from different folks. I would be grateful if the answer is based on the authentic hadeeth and the actions of the Sahaabaah (RAA).

  • Assalam Alaikum, i would like to suggest you split your questions up into separate questions. I would suggest that question number 1, should be a one whole (new) question. as for your 3rd question I suggest you make it a new question, asking whether it is ok to recite short Surahs in the night prayer or not. As for the rest of the question, +1, great question :)
    – مجاهد
    May 20, 2013 at 9:52
  • Waleikum Assalaam. Done!
    – Najeeb
    May 20, 2013 at 13:11

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It is ok to do Taraweeh at your house, for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not do it all the time in Jama'ah (for fear it may become Fardh).

For further information see this (Arabic). and here is the translated version in (English)

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    from the hadiths it seems that doing it alone is more closer to Sunnah and prefered then setting up a congregation.
    – user940
    Jun 9, 2013 at 18:30
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    @Ali doing it congregation is still very good, and we can do it, for the fear of it becoming Fard is non-existent anymore.
    – مجاهد
    Jun 9, 2013 at 18:36
  • But upto the time of Hazrat Umar RA it was not even practiced?
    – user940
    Jun 9, 2013 at 19:27
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    A good explanation on why Umar RA gather the people to pray Tarawih behind a single imam can be found here: islamqa.info/en/65572 Jun 9, 2016 at 3:30

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