30 Days 30 Questions about Ramadan – EP12

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Abdul Nasir Jangda

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8 or 20 Rakat?

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah this up the Nasr agenda coming back to you with the column Hangout, where we're trying to answer as many questions as we can during the month of Ramadan. 30 days, 30 questions. So the question we have now today is eight or 20, the age old classic question. So but to take a couple of steps back to be able to explain the issue a little bit more properly.

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The first thing is that, what is the ruling about taraweeh? Prayer itself? The ruling answer prayers is that a lot of times a lot of folks engage in the conversation that well, it's optional, it's voluntary, you can do it if you want to, you don't have to do it. If you don't want to, we have to be a little bit more careful. And we have to be a bit more cognizant that maybe we don't have, you know, the proper understanding of the issue. The classical ruling when it comes to tarawih prayers, is that the tarawih prayer is so normal I cannot. It is an emphasized Sunnah, which means the prophets, a lot of them did it consistently. And he also greatly emphasized it. And it was found in

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the practice and the tradition of his companions as well. And the interesting thing about a sinner more accurate and emphasized sooner is that if somebody ignores it, neglects it intentionally deliberately, consistently, without any valid reason or excuse, it can actually become a source of sin and something that a person could be held accountable for. So let's try to make sure that we are, you know, doing our best to pray the turabian prayers as much as possible. The other thing I wanted to explain about turabian to motivate everyone, not just to give a ruling, but to motivate everyone. You know, the month of Ramadan is an amazing opportunity. We all know that for spiritual

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growth, it's a great opportunity. But what makes it Ramadan will make someone month of Ramadan, such an awesome opportunity for spiritual development is that it is a two fold process, a two step process. The first step is we fast during the day, starving our bodies, disciplining our souls. And the analogy I like to give is that that's like cleaning up the cup, emptying a cup in Washington and cleaning it out. The second step of the process is once once the cup is clean, now you pour something beneficial in it like water, to nourish and to sustain the body. And so while we starve our bodies and discipline our souls throughout the day fasting at night, it is an opportunity to

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stand before a loss of power without a read and listen to the Quran, the Book of Allah, the speech of Allah being recited, and therefore feed our souls. And that is what makes the month of Ramadan, so amazingly beneficial. And that is where true spiritual development occurs and happens. So try to understand and that's why the prophets a lot of them didn't just talk about the seomra Ramadan, but he also talked about the pm of Ramadan, standing and praying in the night. So let's try to inshallah, you know, understand the importance and the benefit of the thorough prayers. Now the next question on the table to go a little bit deeper into the issue is eight or 20. So that's a valid

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scholarly difference of opinion. And for the average Muslim they need to understand they need to respect that understand that and not engage in a conversation that they're not qualified to engage in. But just leave it at that. There's a beautiful hadith of from the prophets a lot isn't a really settles the issue, where the prophets a lot even talks about that the full reward for the key understanding the Torah, we in Ramadan is reserved for the person who begins praying with the Imam and ends praying with the Imam. So therefore, my general recommendation for folks is attend your local mustard, your local tarawih prayers, and pray with your local congregation, your local Imam,

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your local scholar, and inshallah, that is what is most beneficial for you. Having said that, you know, the column hanger is a place where I share, you know, my own personal thoughts and opinions as well. And so to just be very straightforward with you,

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I find to be the classical position of 20. Oh, God to be the classically held position. And that is also my own personal preference as well. And that is what I conduct in my community. Having said that, what's very important to understand for folks, because the question that we received specifically was, is eight records in a place where 20 accounts are being offered is eight records, a valid exit point, for somebody who was attending, that's all the prayers that okay for them to leave after a knockout. So to answer that question, what I will say here is that it's very, very important to understand that the difference of opinion the valid scholarly difference of opinion,

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about eight versus 20 is a difference of opinion not a permissibility. When is right when is wrong? When is halal is haram? No, no. Rather, it's a difference of opinion about preference, what is more recommended, what is more preferable, and keeping that in mind will be very important and very necessary for Community Relations. The other note that I also had the last two things are to answer the question specifically, that, you know, it's very important that we understand where people are coming from what people are dealing with. It's very possible that the brother

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The sister that was standing next to you, and who is leaving after eight records, you don't know what their circumstances are you they might have kids asleep at home, somebody's watching their kids for them, they might have to be at work at five or 6am in the morning, they might work all day long outdoors in the heat. And so it's very important to have empathy and to not project but be grateful to Allah subhanaw taala that he's given you the ability to pray the whole tarawih prayers and try to have some empathy and understanding and not judge, your fellow brothers and sisters and fellow community members and congregants and the last note Finally, is to my brothers and sisters who might

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you know, be taking it a little bit easy with tarawih prayers even though they can possibly attend more than they are attending or attend in general. Also, please remember like I said earlier that are we in nourishes the soul and you know it is an emphasize some of the profits a lot easier though. So let's try to push ourselves and do the most that we can during this month of Ramadan so that we can truly you know, improve ourselves and develop ourselves spiritually. By the time this blessing month is done may allow us to kind of pathetic give us all the ability to make the most of this Ramadan does not come along. Until next time. This other Nasir Jenga signing out from the

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column Hangout. Remember, if you want your questions answered about Ramadan, you can tweet them to Calum Institute. You can leave that leave them on the Columbia Institute Facebook page. Just remember to tag your questions with hashtag column Hangout. Until next time