"Other than the superogatory tarawih or night prayers of Ramadan, there are no other prayers of significant nights
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"Other than the superogatory tarawih or night prayers of Ramadan, there are no other prayers of significant nights which have been endorsed by the Messenger of Allah (saws)."
we do pray in congregation for the last ten days of ramadan which is called "Qayam Al Layl" in search of Lailat-ul-Qadr. is these prayers nafl prayers?
what is your opinion on these prayers in light of Quraan and Hadith?
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Tarawih and Qiyam Layl Night Prayer
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Your Question: we do pray in congregation for the last ten days of ramadan which is called "Qayam Al Layl" in search of Lailat-ul-Qadr. is these prayers nafl prayers?
your opinion on these prayers in light of Quraan and Hadith?
Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saws) would encourage people to perform the special qiyam-ul-layl (night prayers) during Ramadan without commanding them as obligatory and he said: "Whoever prays during the nights of Ramadan with a firm belief and hoping for reward, all of his previous sins would be forgiven."
Related by the Bukhari and Muslim.
Beloved brother in Islam, both the tarawih prayers that are prayed after Isha and the qiyam-al-layl prayers that are prayed in the last ten days of Ramadan are both included and amongst the Qiyam-al-layl (night prayers) encouraged by the Messenger of Allah (saws) during the blessed nights of Ramadan. The tarawih prayers themselves are no more than Qiyam-al-layl or night prayers; but due to the magnificent significance of the laylatul Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan, additional qiyam-al-layl prayers are offered to enable one to further worship their Lord Most Merciful in these most blessed of nights.
Your Question: is these prayers nafl prayers?
All prayers other than the daily five obligatory prayers and the two Eid prayers are nafl or voluntary; and whichever of these nafl or voluntary prayers were prayed by the Messenger of Allah (saws) are known as his Sunnah for the believers.
Both the tarawih and the qiyam-al-layl prayers are voluntary and thus nafl; if one offers them one will earn himself a huge reward from their Lord Most Merciful, and if one does not offer them for any reason, there is absolutely no sin.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,