Thursday, 13 October 2011
Salaathuth Tharavaeh (Special Ramadan Prayers)
(Special Prayers on Ramadan Nights)
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, is the month dedicated, heart and soul, to Allah. Its grandeur is beautifully and very simply stated: Thirty Days of Fasting and Thirty Nights of Thara'vaeh Prayers!
We break our Ramadan fast a little after sunset and go on to perform the Maghrib prayers. An hour and a half to two hours later we line up for four Rakaahs Far’d of the Salaahul Ishaa.
The four Rakaahs Sunnah prayers are performed by ourselves.
After this, we line up for for the Salaahuth Thara'vaeh, which are Sunnahul Muvakkidhah, that is, they were regularly performed by the Holy Prophet S.A.W.S. during Ramadan.
The Holy Prophet S.A.W.S. has said, in a Hadith recorded in Sahih Bukhari, that whoever performs this Salaah with devotion, for earning Allah's pleasure, will have all his sins pardoned by the Glorious Rabbul Alameen.
The Salaah, as such, is of twenty Rakaahs performed in Jama’ath behind the Imam. It is completed in ten sessions of two Rakaah’s each.
At the Masjid, the Imam is a Qari, one who has memorised the Holy Book completely. From the 1st of Ramadan to the 27th of Ramadan*, it is usual for him to complete one full recitation of the Holy Qur’an in serial order.
For him and for us, who pray under his lead, the rewards of performing Salaahuth Thara'vaeh in Jama’ath are enhanced by this.
It commemorates the Hijrath, the migration of Syedina Muhammed S.A.W.S. and his trusted companion Syedina Abubak’r (R.A.A.), at Allah’s Command, on the 22nd September, 622 A.D, to Madinathul Munawwarah.
*Please refer to the following Chapter on the Hijri Calendar by which Muslims the world over regulate their Islami life.
In between every four Rakaah’s
of the Salathuth Tharavaeh,
the assembly recite, in melodious unison,
the Thasbeeh in praise of Allahu Sub’hanahu va tha Aalaa:
SUB'HAANALLAHIL MALIKIL QUD'DOOS
SUB'HAANA ZIL MULKI VAL MALAKOOTH
SUB'HAANA ZIL IZZATHI VAL AZMATHI VAL QUD'RATHI
VAL HAIY'BATHI VAL KIBRI'YAA'YI VAL JAB'ROOTH
SUB'HAANAL MALIKIL HAIY'ILLAZEE
LAA YANAAMU VA LAA YAMOOTH
RABBUNAA VA RABBUL MALAA'YIKATHI VAR ROOH.
ALLAHUMMA AJIR'NAA MINAN NAAR
YA MUJEER YA MUJEER YA MUJEER.
BI RAHMATHIKA YA AR'HAMAR RAAHIMEEN. AMEEN!
The Salaahuth Thara'vaeh can be performed in the home also.
In fact women are exhorted to perform this important Salaah throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.
If the husband or the father is unable to proceed to the Masjid for the Jama’ath, the family can perform this Salaah in Jama’ath at home under his Ima’math (leadership).