Understand The Importance Of The Tarāweeḥ Prayer

Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever prays during Ramadan with Eeman and seeking reward (from Allāh) his past sins will be forgiven.”

Shaykh Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله mentioned: “O Muslims! Indeed the Tarāweeḥ prayer is a worship and not just (robotic-type) movements and actions that the person doesn’t know what he’s saying or doing. The point is worshipping Allāh, not enumeration of the Raka’at (counting them down).

Consider the example of the Prophet ﷺ in his usual night prayer, ‘Āisha رضي الله عنها reported that the Prophet ﷺ would stand in prayer at night until his feet would become swollen.

So I said to him: “Why do you do this O Messenger of Allāh and Allāh has already drove in your past and future sins?”

He said: “Should I not be a grateful servant?”

● [صحيح البخاري ١١٣٠، صحيح مسلم ٢٨٢٠]

Shaykh Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله said: “So the Prophet ﷺ would sometimes pray the majority of the night, and sometimes half the night, and sometimes a third of the night.

We can say that He ﷺ would stand in prayer 7 hours approximately (since that is just under 2/thirds based upon a 12 hour night, and he would sometimes pray for under 2/3 of the night.

● [شرح رياض الصالحين ٧٠/٢]