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

36 Raka’at – A distinction of the people of Madina

36 Raka’at – A distinction of the people of Madina

وَقَال الشَّافِعِيَّةُ : وَلأَِهْل الْمَدِينَةِ فِعْلُهَا سِتًّا وَثَلاَثِينَ ؛ لأَِنَّ الْعِشْرِينَ خَمْسُ تَرْوِيحَاتٍ ، وَكَانَ أَهْل مَكَّةَ يَطُوفُونَ بَيْنَ كُل تَرْوِيحَتَيْنِ سَبْعَةَ أَشْوَاطٍ ، فَحَمَل أَهْل الْمَدِينَةِ بَدَل كُل أُسْبُوعٍ تَرْوِيحَةً لِيُسَاوُوهُمْ ، قَال الشَّيْخَانِ : وَلاَ يَجُوزُ ذَلِكَ لِغَيْرِهِمْ .  .  وَهُوَ الأَْصَحُّ كَمَا قَال الرَّمْلِيُّ لأَِنَّ لأَِهْل الْمَدِينَةِ شَرَفًا بِهِجْرَتِهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَمَدْفِنِه- 

Translation: The Shafa‘ee Fuqaha say that the people of Madina offered 36 Raka’at of Taraweeh.  This is because 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh has 5 breaks.  The people of Makka perform 1 round of Tawaaf after each break.  The people of Madina started offering another 4 Raka’at in each break to become equal to the people of Makka in virtuous acts.  This is not allowed for anybody apart from the people of Madina.  This is the most correct ruling as Allama Ramli says: Because the Holy Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) migrated to Madina and His sanctuary also is in Madina, the people of Madina are distinguished from others.

(Al Maus‘ooatul Fiqhiya Al Kuwaitiya, Vol 27, Pg No: 143) 

It has been established by the rigorously-authenticated (Sahih) Hadith that Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him), Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him), Hadhrat ‘Ali (May Allah be well pleased with him) used to offer 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh and in the eras of their caliphate, it was also the custom of the Muslim Ummah.  More than that, the Sahabah had arrived at a consensus about this as understood by the explanations given by the Imams, Fuqaha, etc.  In general, in the Muslim world including in Makka and Madina, this is what is followed.

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