The Taraweeh of the Salaf compared to today – Explained by Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi
The Taraweeh of the Salaf compared to today
Explained by Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi
Taken from the lecture: ” The guidance of the Salaf during Ramadan”
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi:
Thus when Ramadan comes do not miss praying Taraweeh with the people. It is upon you to stand at night in prayer. This is the third affair. And all praises belong to Allah, now the recitation is easy—O brothers. Our recitation is light; extremely light. One Juz (is recited) in ten rakats if he makes his recitation lengthy. And if you are in the Haram of Mecca or Medina or in the Masjids that pray twenty rakats (you will say) where did the Juz go? The recitation is very light in each rakat.
As for the Salaf As Saalih, may Allah have mercy upon them, they viewed that if Soorah Al Baqarah was recited in ten rakats during Ramadan, then the one leading the prayer had gone easy on them. If Soorah Al Baqarah was recited in ten rakats they viewed that he had made the prayer light for them.
Today we take three nights or four nights, or two and a half nights, to recite Soorah Al Baqarah, if we are going to finish it; true or false?
They used to recite Soorah Al Baqarah in eight rakats, thus if an Imaam came and lead them in prayer, completing Soorah Al Baqarah in ten rakats, they would say: May Allah reward you with good, he was easy upon us. Who would remain with you upon this today? Our prayer is light now.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee