TARAWEEH SALAAH… IN THE GOLDEN ERA OF ISLAM

TARAWEEH SALAAH… IN THE GOLDEN ERA OF ISLAM

(THE DAYS OF THE SAHÂBAH, TÂBI’ÎN AND TABA’ TÂBI’ÎN)

[A Sahaabi is a Muslim who was blessed with seeing Rasulullah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) –

A Tâbi’ee is a Muslim who saw a Sahâbi – A Tâbi’ Tâbi’ee is a Muslim who saw a Tâbi’ee]

LENGTHENING OF THE TARAWEEH SALAAH

Saa’ib bin Yazeed (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) says:

◙ In the days of Sayyiduna Umar (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu), the Taraweeh Salaah used to be so lengthy, that some of us had to take support from our walking sticks to remain standing! (The infirm and the sick)

He adds: The Taraweeh used to terminate in the early hours of the morning, just a little before Subh Saadiq!

(Muwatta Imam Maalik – awjazul masaalik 2/300)

◙ In the noble era of Sayyiduna Uthmaan (radhiyallaahu anhu) too, they used to take support from their walking sticks, due to the long Taraweeh Salaat. (Rigorously Authenticated-Baihaqee–sanaduhu saheeh-aathaarus sunan pg.251)

Aboo Bakr Ansaari Bukhaari (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), who passed away around 120 A.H., says:

◙ Upon completing Taraweeh, we used to return home and rush the servants to bring the food for sehri, since very little time was left before Subh Saadiq! (Muwatta Imaam Maalik – awjazul masaalik 2/308)

120 YEAR OLD IMAAM PERFORMING ALL 20 RAKA’AAT OF TARAWEEH SALAAH!

► Suwayd bin Ghafalah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) was a Taabi’ee. He arrived in Madeenah Munawwarah the day Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was buried.

Waleed bin Ali says:

Suwayd bin Ghafalah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) reached the age of 120 and he still used to be our Imaam in the Taraweeh Salaah! He used to perform all 20 raka’aat himself!

(Authenticated -Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 2/287; Bayhaqi isnaaduhu hasan–aathaarus sunan pg. 253)

► Abu Rajaa ‘Utaaridee (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) was also a Taabi’ee. He passed away at the ripe old age of 120.

He himself says: “I was so frail and weak that I could not even walk. People used to carry me from my home to the Masjid!”

He would then lead the Taraweeh Salaah, reciting about 30 aayaat in each raka’aat, which if multiplied by 20, will equal to about 3 paras (juz) of the Qur’aan Kareem!

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.12)

RECITATION OF THE QUR’AAN KAREEM IN TARAWEEH SALAAH

±1 PARA (JUZ)

● The Khaleefah, Umar bin Abdul Azeez (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) used to instruct the Imaams to recite at least 10 aayaat of the Qur’aan Kareem in every Raka’aat of Taraweeh.

This roughly amounts to completing 1 Khatam during the month of Ramadhaan.

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 2/284)

±2 PARAS (JUZ)

● This was the approximate amount recited by ‘Abdurrahmaan bin Abi Bakrah, Sa’eed bin Abil Hasan and ‘Imraan ‘Abdi (rahmatullaahi ‘alayhim).

They used to complete 2 Khatams in the Taraweeh Salaah.

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.12)

±3 PARAS (JUZ)

● This was the approximate amount recited daily in Taraweeh by the famous Taabi’ee, Sa’eed bin Jubayr (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), who was made Shaheed (martyred) by Hajjaaj bin Yusuf in 95 A.H.

This roughly amounts to completing 3 Khatams in the Taraweeh Salaah. (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 2/284; 286)

±4¼ PARA’S (JUZ) DAILY

● Abu Mijlaz (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), a Taabi’ee (passed away around 106 A.H.) used to lead the congregation in all 20 Raka’aat of Taraweeh by himself. He used to make a khatam of the Qur’aan in Taraweeh Salaah once every 7 nights!

(Mukhtasar qiyamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.11; Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 2/284)

● Another Taabi’ee, Basheer bin Naheek (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), (passed away 105 A.H.) had the same practice of completing a Khatam once every 7 nights in Taraweeh Salaah!

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.12)

±5 PARAS (JUZ)

● During the days of the famous Sahaabi Sayyidunaa Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallaahu anhu), Umar bin Munzhir (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) used to be the Imaam. He used to recite about 50 aayaat in every Rak’at of the Taraweeh Salaah!

When multiplied by 20, it equals to approximately 5 paras (juz) daily!

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.12)

● During the khilaafat of Sayyiduna Umar (radhiyallaahu anhu), some of the Imaams used to recite between 50 and 60 ayaat in every rak’at in the Taraweeh Salaah!

When multiplied by 20, it roughly amounts to between 5 and 6 paras (juz) daily!

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.9,12)

● Maymoon bin Mihraan rahmatullaahi ‘alayh, a Tabi’ee, (passed away 117 A.H.) says:

The day the Imaam recited only about 50 aayaat in each rak’at of Taraweeh, (which when multiplied by 20, equals to about 5 paras), the people used to say that today the Imaam read a short Taraweeh!

(Mukhtasar qiyaamil layl-qiyaam ramadhaan pg.13)

This roughly amounts to completing 5 Khatams during the month of Ramadhaan.

±5¾ PARAS (JUZ)

● Ibn Abi Mulaikah (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), a Taabi’ee, (passed away in 117 A.H.), used to be Imaam for the entire 20 raka’aat. He used to recite as long as Surah Faatir in one rak’at.

He adds: Nobody ever told me that any of the Muqtadee’s (followers) find it too long!

The amount recited in one rak’at by Ibn Abi Mulaikah, when multiplied by the 20 raka’aat he used to perform, amounts to approximately 5¾ paras!

(Rigorously authenticated-Musannaf ibn abi shaybah- 2/284-(7764) bisanad saheeh-aathaarus sunan pg.254)

● Imaam A’raj (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), a Taabi’ee, (passed away in 117 A.H.) says:

The Imaam used to recite the entire Surah Baqarah over 8 raka’aat, (which amounts to approximately 5¾ paras over 20 raka’aat).

He adds:

This was the normal practice. The day the Imaam spread Surah Baqarah over 12 Raka’aat, (which amounts to approximately 4 paras over the 20 raka’aat) the people would say that the Imaam read a short Taraweeh today!

(Muwatta Imaam Maalik-awjazul masaalik 2/307)

This roughly amounts to completing 6 Khatams during the month of Ramadhaan.

±7¾ PARAS (JUZ)

● Imaam Masrooq (rahmatullaahi ‘alayh), a Taabi’ee, (passed away in 62 A.H.) recited the entire Surah ‘Ankaboot in one rak’at. When multiplied by 20 raka’aat, it amounts to ±7¾ paras!

This roughly amounts to completing almost 8 Khatams during the month of Ramadhaan.

(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah 2/284)

SO THE DAY YOU ARE FEELING TIRED OR A LITTLE LAZY, JUST THINK OF THE LENGTHY TARAWEEH SALAAH OF YOUR PIOUS PREDECESSORS!

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