Tarawih: Home or Masjid?

al-Marwazi mentioned in ‘Mukhtasar Qiyam al-Layl’ (p. 231) that a man asked al-Hasan al-Basri:

“O Aba Sa’id! This Ramadan has come upon me while I have read (or memorized) the Qur’an. What do you think I should do: pray alone, or join a congregation of Muslims and pray with them?”

He replied:

“You should look to what benefits you most. So, look to which of the two places will make your heart more tender and your concentration better, and that is where you should go.”

13 Responses to “Tarawih: Home or Masjid?”

  1. assalaamalaikum,

    can i ask is taraweeh nafl or mustahab or wajib or what? and what if u miss it somedays?

    also i know its better to read and complete the full taraweeh if u pray behind an imam but an we leave if there r two imams so for example in my mosque we pray 20 rakah and 1 imam prays 10 and then the other imam takes over and prays another 10, so are we allowed to leave after the first imam has prayed 10 ?

    • ‘Alayk as-Salam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh;

      Tarawih is not wajib. It is a virtuous act that is optional (i.e. mustahabb). If you miss it some days, you are missing out on the reward, but there is no sin on you.

      You’re allowed to leave whenever you want, but if you want the reward of the full Tarawih (i.e. being written as having prayed the entire night), you should stay until they finish all that they pray in the masjid, regardless of how many imams are leading.

      Allah Knows best.

  2. Selections from Sahih Al-Jami’
    3821: “The voluntary prayer of a man where the people cannot see him is equal to 25 voluntary prayers in front of the eyes of the people.”

    I think taraweeh isn’t excluded?

  3. as salaamu alaykum wahrahmatulah. I have a question from all of this, it brings me to understand that the prayer of a women is better in her home, insha allah, so if a man can pray taraweeh at home as a conclusion from these hadiths and get the same reward as those whom pray in congregation at the masjid so can a women. since it would be differcult to leave the home so late at night and avoid fitnah, would the women still get the reward of praying taraweeh when she prays in her home? (am i understanding this all correctly) barak allahu feekum

  4. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    Its good you wrote this post akhee. One of the main reciters at my local masjid is quite young and rushes the recitation of the Qur’aan so much and without proper tajweed that it has put me off taraawih completely. Its such a shame to see the Qur’aan not being given its due rights. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon.

    May Allaah guide us all. Ameen.

    Assalaamu alaykum

  5. Sister Aishah Says:

    As-salamu alaikum warahmatulee wabarakatahu! Dear respected brothers an sisters in Islam. My questions is; If a woman has not yet memorized the quran, how would she make the taraweeh prayer in her home for the maximum reward? My apologies, I gave the wrong email address.
    JazakAllah Khair!!!

    • ‘Alayki as-Salam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh;

      Sister, it is not a requirement to have the entire Qur’an memorized in order for you to pray Tarawih. You can pray with the parts that you already have memorized, and you can even pray while reading from a Mushaf if you wish.

    • wa`alaykissalaam wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh,

      I just want to add that it is important to have khushoo` when praying as that is what will bring you closer to Allaah, and holding/reading from the mus-haf might distract you from concentrating on your prayer.

  6. my name is Mohd sanauallah reads in madarsa aliya irfaniya which is sitruated in old lucknow in akbari gate.
    this time arbi auual & karet hafz.
    i live in bihar.
    ok thainks 2 read my mail.

    khuda hafiz.

    • Dr Mohd Hanif Says:

      Wa alaikumussalam warahmatullah
      Dear Sanaullah, I want to know about the history of your madrasa (Irfaniyya). Can you please tell me. Who was the founder (baani) of the Madrasa and any more information about the history of tajwid and qira’at in the madrash. Who was the first teacher of tajwid and where did he study? JazakAllah. I look forward to your kind response. Wassalam Dr Mohammad Hanif

  7. Dr Mohd Hanif Says:

    Wa alaikumussalam warahmatullah
    Dear Sanaullah, I want to know about the history of your madrasa (Irfaniyya). Can you please tell me. Who was the founder (baani) of the Madrasa and any more information about the history of tajwid and qira’at in the madrash. Who was the first teacher of tajwid and where did he study? JazakAllah. I look forward to your kind response. Wassalam Dr Mohammad Hanif

  8. Umm Shuja' Says:

    As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    A couple of videos to supplement this blog post, in sha’ Allah:


    “Taraweeh for Women: At Home or Masjid ?” Shaykh Muhammad Hassaan


    “Taraweeh for Women At Home or Masjid?Sheikh Assim al Hakeem”

    JazakumAllah khair.

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