Let’s know how to pray Taraweeh at home in Ramadan so that you can follow the Sunnah of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (ﷺ) and gain the prosperities of Taraweeh that is also an essential part of this holy month.
Before proceeding you should know that for men, it’s better to perform Taraweeh prayers at the mosque but in case you missed it or couldn’t be available to perform prayers at the mosque, then you can pray at home.
The prayer (Namaz) of Taraweeh is the same as how you perform the prayers of Sunnah or Nafl. There is no basic difference between Sunnah and Taraweeh prayers.
You can recite any Surah from the Holy Quran that you remember after reciting Surah Fatiha (Alham Sharif) and perform the Salah of Taraweeh as you pray other Sunnah or Nafl.
There are 20 Rakats (unit of prayer) in Taraweeh that you have to perform 2 Rakat every time until you complete it to a total of 20 Rakats. Just remember to recite Taraweeh Dua after every 4 Rakat.
In case if you don’t remember the Dua of Taraweeh that is recited after every 4 Rakat, then you can also recite Durood Sharif or Astaghfar, whatever you remember.
How to pray Taraweeh at home (Hanafi) step by step
Nowadays, many people are confused about the Rakats of Taraweeh to perform and ask, is that 8 or 20? Taraweeh is consists of 20 Rakats that you have to perform every night of Ramadan after the Salah of Isha
The 20 Rakats are from the time of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (ﷺ) that is also followed by Ahle-Sunnat (Hanafi) and 8 Rakats are concocted by Ahle-Hadees with false references. So let’s know how to pray Taraweeh at home step by step.
Niyat (Intention) for 2 Rakat
Make a Niyat (intention) of praying 2 Rakat of Taraweeh by saying these words “I intend to pray 2 Rakat Salah of Taraweeh Suunat-e-Maukida for the sake of Allah and face towards Kaaba Sharif.
You can also just assume these words in your memory but it’s better to whisper with your mouth. Thereafter start your Salah by saying Allahuakbar and attach thumbs of your hands through your ears.
Remember that for every 2 Rakat you will have to do the same Niyat until you complete the whole Taraweeh of 20 Rakats, which means you will have to do the Niyat 10 times.
Dua-e-Sana and Surah Fatiha
Put your right hand onto your left hand on the bottom of your abdomen and start reciting Dua-e-Sana that is
“Subhaanaka Allahumma Wabi Hamdika Wata Baarakasmuka Wata Aala Jadduka Wala Ilaha Gairuka”
After Dua-e-Sana recite Surah Fatiha (Alham Sharif) and in last say Ameen by just whispering, then after, recite any of the Surah from the Holy Quran that you remember
But kept in mind that in the next Rakat you will have to recite a shorter Surah than the previous one.
Ruku and Sujood
Now go in Ruku by saying Allahuakbar, remember that whenever the body position changes you will have to say Allahuakbar except returning from Ruku, in that you will say “Samiallah Huliman Hamidah”
While in Ruku you have to say “Subhaana Rabbial Azeem” at least 3 times and a maximum of 7 times. Then return from Ruku by saying “Samiallah Huliman Hamidah” then go in Sujood by saying Allahuakbar.
In Sujood you have to recite “Subhaana Rabbi Al Aala” at least 3 times and a maximum of 7 times. Do the Sujood 2 times as it is a must and every time in going and coming from back from Sujood recite Allahuakbar.
As now recite the 2nd Rakat by just changing the Surah you recited after Surah Fatiha and recite another, and everything will be the same with one Ruku and 2 Sujood.
Attahiyat and Durood Ibrahim
“Allahumma Inni Zalamto Nafsi Zulman Qaseerauon Wala Yagferuz Zunuba Illa Anta Fagfirli Magferatam Min Indika Warhamni Innaka Antal Gafururraheem”
And then Salam side by side by saying “Assalamoalaikum Warahmatullah” on both sides while seeing on the shoulder.
Now your 2 Rakat has been completed, in the same way, you can pray your 20 Rakats of Taraweeh at home but remember to recite the Dua of Taraweeh after every 4 Rakats.
Taraweeh Dua in English Text
Subhanal Malikil Quddus;
Subhana dhil Mulki wal Malakuti;
Subhana dhil izzati wal aDhmati wal haybati wal Qudrati;
wal kibriyaa’i wal jabaroot;
Subhanal Malikil hayyil ladhi, la yunaamu wa layamutu;
Subbuhun, Quddusun, Rabbuna Rabbul malaa’ikati war-rooh;
Allahumma Ajirnee Minan Naar;
Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeer.
Can you pray Taraweeh alone?
Yes, you can pray Taraweeh alone, there are no obligations in praying the Taraweeh alone only if you have missed the Jamaah at the Mosque but it’s better to pray with Jamaah in the Mosque.
Is Taraweeh Sunnah or Nafl?
Taraweeh is Sunnah and It’s Sunnat-e-Mu-Akkadah, which means if you missed praying it before Subha-Sadiq (early dawn) then you don’t have to pray it but missing it intentionally is a sin.
I hope with this article most of your queries would be solved on how to pray Taraweeh at home or at Mosque. If you are having any queries or any suggestions to improve this article, feel free to comment.