The Taraweeh of the Salaf compared to today


bism0113Shaykh 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 AsSaalih, 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.

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Explained by: Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi
Taken from the lecture: The guidance of the Salaf during Ramadan
Translated by: Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
(Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah)

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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