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Tarawih: Sunnah or Bidah?

There are numerous reports in the books of traditions, narrations and Sunnat quoted from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and the infallible Imams (a.s.) regarding the legality of the recommended prayers of the Ramazan month. Legality here means the governing laws, the number of units and the way of reciting these prayers. It can be concluded that these prayers are allowed.

The point of contention however, is, whether these prayers must be recited individually or in congregation? What is the opinion of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) on this subject? What is the opinion of the Second Caliph – Umar on this subject? Of the two, whose opinion forms the Sunnat and whose opinion leads to innovation and deviation? These and other issues have been discussed threadbare in this article. […]