20 Rakaat Taraweeh
Professor of Islamic Law JAMIA NIZAMIA, Founder of Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Centre
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>> Introduction
>> The excellence of Taraweeh
>> Salaat Ut Taraweeh in Sahih Bukhari
>> First Hadith
>> 20 Raka’at Taraweeh – The custom of the Sahabah
>> Second Hadith
>> Third Hadith
>> Fourth Hadith
>> Fifth Hadith
>> Sixth Hadith
>> Seventh Hadith
>> Eighth Hadith
>> Ninth Hadith
>> Tenth Hadith
>> Eleventh Hadith
>> The Sahabah's consensus on 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh
>> None of the Sahabah objected to 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh
>> The Tabi'en too offered 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh
>> 20 Raka’at Taraweeh – Practice of the majority of the Hanafi, Shafa‘ee and Hambali scholars
>> 20 Raka’at Taraweeh – Opinon of the Imams of the Ummah
>> Taraweeh is 20 Raka’at – Opinion of Hanafi scholars
>> 20 Raka’at Taraweeh in Maliki school of Fiqh
>> 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh in the Hambali school of Fiqh
>> 36 Raka’at – A distinction of the people of Madina
>> 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh From the time of Hadhrat Muhammad Rasulullah...
>> Wisdom behind 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh
>> A compelling analysis

Sixth Hadith

There is a Hadith in Jame’ Ul Ahadith Wal Maraseel and Kanzul Ummal:



عن أبي بن كعب أن عمر بن الخطاب أمره أن يصلي بالليل في رمضان فقال: إن الناس يصومون النهار ولا يحسنون أن يقرأوا فلو قرأت عليهم بالليل، فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين هذا شيء لم يكن، فقال: قد علمت ولكنه حسن فصلى بهم عشرين ركعة.  (ابن منيع).


Translation: Hadhrat Ubai bin Ka‘ab (May Allah be well pleased with him) narrates that Hadhrat Umar commanded him to lead the Salaat Ut Taraweeh in Ramadhan saying that people fast in the day, because of which they cannot recite the Holy Quran properly, it would be better if you recite the Holy Quran in Taraweeh. 

He requested: O Commander of the faithful, this is a deed which has not been performed in congregation until now.  He (i.e. Hadhrat Umar) said: Yes, I know that, but this is better.

Thus, Hadhrat Ubai bin Ka’ab (May Allah be well pleased with him) led the 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh.  (Kanzul Ummal, Hadith No: 23471) 

Hadhrat Ubai’s (May Allah be well pleased with him) saying, “This is a deed, which has not been done in congregation until now” means that Taraweeh with congregation for the whole month had not been performed although before this Taraweeh was offered in congregation off and on, as previously mentioned in the Hadith that for 3 or 4 nights, the Sahabah offered Taraweeh in the lead of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), then later a group of Sahabah sometimes offered Taraweeh in the lead of Hadhrat Ubai Bin Ka‘ab and the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) saw it and appreciated it.

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