Tarawih Prayer a Nafl or Sunnah

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is tarawih prayer a nafl or sunnat?

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Tarawih Prayer a Nafl or Sunnah

There are two kinds of prayers:



  • The fard or obligatory prescribed prayers.
  • The nafl or non-obligatory or voluntary prayers.


If one performs the fard prayers, there is a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not perform the fard prayers, it is a huge sin.  If one performs the nafl prayers, there is a reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not perform the nafl prayers, there is no sin.

The nafl prayers which the Messenger of Allah (saws) prayed, are thus Sunnah for the believers.

The Taraweeh prayers are nafl prayers, and were prayed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), thus they are Sunnah for us; but they are not obligatory or fard.

Thus if one prays the Taraweeh prayers, there is a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not pray them, there is no sin.  The most one can say for a person who does not perform the Taraweeh prayers, is that he misses an opportunity to receive huge rewards from Allah Subhanah.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,

Burhan