From: ICT – Islamic Center of Tucson
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 9:12 PM
Subject: Announcement of the Change of Taraweh Rakat
Assalam wa 3lekom wa rahamtuAllah wa baraktu,
InshaAllah all of you had an enjoyable and blessed Friday.
As many of you know, the ICT is on track to pray 20 rakats instead of the usual eight for the taraweh prayer This amount of rakat coincides with the amount of rakat prayed in Mecca, Medina, and the majority of the Muslim world and is the opinion of the vast majority of Muslim scholars. The emergence of eight rakats has arisen in last two centuries.
After this Friday prayer (7/29) we had surveys available for our community to voice their opinion and vote on the number of rakat for the taraweh prayer. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of 20 rakat over eight rakats( 49 votes to 28 votes)
Based off the community’s popular opinion, scholarly opinion and Muslim majority consensus, we will be praying 20 rakat for the taraweh prayer.
11 rakats or 20 rakats!
There is an official email sent out yesterday by the ICT saying that “the ICT is on track to pray 20 rakats instead of the usual eight for the taraweh prayer.”
As many of us know, since the ICT was established in 1970s, the masjid has been offering 11 rakat in Ramadan. Well-known scholars from Azhar (Egypt), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Africa and others have visited Tucson. None of them had issues with 11 rakaat.
So, 11 or 20 rakats? Our beloved ICT Imam has the final say in it. The amount of rakat is NOT part of my take on that email. In fact, here is my take on it.
On that email, it is said that “the emergence of eight rakats has arisen in last two centuries”!!
I am sorry to say this is totally wrong. I would like to let the mother of believers, ‘Aisha herself, tell us about the prayer of Allah’s Messenger during the month of Ramadan.
****Imam Al-Bukhari reported that Abu Salma bin ‘Abdur Rahman said:
I asked ‘Aisha, “How is the prayer of Allah’s Messenger during the month of Ramadan.”
She said, “Allah’s Messenger never exceeded eleven Rakat in “Ramadan” or in other months” The Book of Tahajud, Sahih Al-Bukhari (the most authentic book after the Book of Allaah)
****It has also been reported by Imam Al-Bukhari that Ibn Abbas (Cousin of the Prophet) narrated:
“The prayer of the Prophet PBUH used to be of thirteen Rakat.” 13 including the two post-Ishaa prayer (2 post-Ishaa prayer + 11 rakat of night prayer) as Hafiz Ibn Hajar said.
****Now let us move to the action of Umar Bin al-Khattab. Recorded by Imam Malik (known as the scholar of Madina) in his al-Muwatta’ with very authentic chain from Bin Yazid that Umar Bin al-Khatab commanded Ubayy Bin Ka’b and Tamim ad-Dari to lead the people in qiyam (Taraweh) with eleven rakat.”
Remember fasting Ramadam became obligatory in 2 Hijri and now we are in 1432 Hijri. Then how come “the emergence of eight rakats has arisen in last two centuries”? How can we say the practice of offering 11 rakat is something arisen in last two centuries?!!
In summary, please be advised that my purpose is only to correct a piece of information that was circulated among our community and I believe it is untrue. Moreover, what I wrote has nothing to do with the amount of rakat decided by our great Imam and approved by the ICT.
I ask Allaah SWT to bring our hearts together and make us among those whose sins will be totally forgiven and who listen to the speech and follow the best of it.
The first Traweeh will be held tonight at the ICT. Then, see you all at the ICT.
Ramadam Mubarak to all