Praying taraaweeh at home

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Question No.6 of Fatwa No.8365

Question: Is it permissible for a man to pray the taraaweeh prayer at home during the great month of Ramadhaan, and not go to the masjid?

Response: [As a rule] it is permissible [for a man] to pray the voluntary prayer – such as the taraaweeh – at home. However, [in doing so] he will miss the excellence of the congregation[al prayer] and walking to it (the masjid). And [importantly], it is obligatory that he takes care to [attend] the obligatory prayer in congregation in the masjid.

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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