The rulings pertaining to the night prayer and taraaweeh

Section Eight – The rulings pertaining to the night prayer and taraaweeh

In this section read about:
1. Continuing to pray the taraaweeh (prayers
2. The imaams elongating their supplication)

1. Continuing to pray the taraaweeh (prayers)
Question: Whoever prays the taraaweeh (prayers) must he then continue to pray them throughout Ramadan?

Response: No! He does not have to continue (to pray them) because it is a recommended (sunnah) prayer in that if he prays them then he is rewarded and if he leaves them then he is not a sinner, however (in leaving them) he misses out on a lot of good as we have said (before).Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen / (Fataawa Ramadan, Volume 2/Page 837/Fatwa No.831), also (Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen, Page 205-206)

2. The imaams elongating their supplication
Question: Some imaams in the masaajid, in Ramadan, elongate their supplication, and some of them shorten them, so what is correct?

Response: That which is correct is for it not to be excessive and nor to be short. So elongation which is difficult upon the people is forbidden. When news reached the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) elongated his prayer when he was with his people, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) became so angry that he had not been angry in an exhortation similar to it before. And he said to Mu’aadh (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu): ((Are you a charmer O Mu’aadh?)). So that which is befitting is to shorten (the supplication) to that which has been reported (from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam)), or increase for there is no doubt that elongating is difficult fo rthe people as it exhausts them especially the weak amingst them. Amongst the people there are those who are around him who do not wish to leave until before the imaam, so it becomes difficult for them to remain behind with the imaam. So my advice to my brothers the imaams is (to strike an even balance and) be between that which is long and that which is short. Just as it is befitting to leave them supplication sometimes such that the general (Muslims) to dont think the supplication is obligatory.Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen / (Fataawa Ramadan, Volume 2 / Page 832 / Fatwa No. 829), also (al-Fataawa libni ‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab ad-Da’wah, Volume 1 / Pages 198-199)