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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
There are two kinds of prayers:
If one performs the ‘fard’ prayers, there is a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not perform the ‘fard’ prayers, it is a huge sin. If one performs the ‘nafl’ prayers, there is a reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not perform the ‘nafl’ prayers, there is no sin.
The ‘nafl’ prayers which the Messenger of Allah (saws) prayed, are thus ‘Sunnah’ for the believers.
The Taraweeh prayers are ‘nafl’ prayers, and were prayed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), thus they are Sunnah for us; but they are not obligatory or fard.
Thus if one prays the Taraweeh prayers, there is a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if one does not pray them, there is no sin. The most one can say for a person who does not perform the Taraweeh prayers, is that he misses an opportunity to receive huge rewards from Allah Subhanah.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
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