Series Regarding the Number of Rakah for Taraweeh
No 3 The Ruling of praying more than 11 Rakah for Taraweeh
By Shaykh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’aee
Regarding Taraweeh, some of the people hold the opinion that it is 11 Rakah and some hold the opinion of praying more, so what is the correct opinion?
The Sunnah, this is what we advise with, that you pray 11 Rakah. Indeed the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa Ala Ahlihi wa sallam, as is mentioned in the hadeeth of Aeysha in Saheeh al-Bukhari, did not increase upon 11 Rakah.
It is necessary that a person lengthens the prayer if he finds that he has the energy to do do, therefore, he lengthens the recitation and all praise belongs to Allaah, this is what is better.
If a person prayed more, then we cannot judge that he committed a Bida. However, that which we advise with is to act upon the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa Ala Ahlihi wa sallam.
The best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad -sallAllaahu alayhi wa Ala Ahlihi wa sallam.’
[From the recording : Asilah Ahl ul-Arqoob]
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya