Series Regarding the Number of Rakah for Taraweeh
No. 1 – The Ahadeeth of 11 Rakah
A – Hadeeth of Aeysha -RadhiAllahu anha – :
From Abu Salmah bin AbdurRahmaan that he asked Aeysha -RadhiAllahu anha – How was the prayer of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa salam – in Ramadan?
She replied: ‘the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa salam – never used to increase in Ramadan nor other than Ramadan upon praying eleven Rakah, he would pray four, and do not ask how good and long they were, then he would pray four, and do not ask how good and long they were, then he would pray three.’
[Collected by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Awaana, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Nisa’ee, Malik and from him al Bayhaqi and Ahmad.]
B – From Jabir bin Abdullaah -RadhiAllahu anhu – who said :
‘ The Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa salam – prayed eight Rakah in Ramadan, and he prayed the Witr. Then when it was the next we had gathered in the Masjid hoping that he would come out. We remained there, until it became the morning, then later we entered and we said to the Messenger of Allaah that we had gathered last night in the Masjid and hoped that you would pray with us.
He -sallAllaahu alayhi wa salam- said : ‘Indeed I feared that it would become obligatory upon you.’
[ Collected by ibn Nasr, Tabrani and Albaani said its chain is Hasan due to the previous hadeeth.]
[Salatul Taraweeh – Shaykh Albaani p.16-18]
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya