[Q-ID0343] Can I pray the Tarawih prayer at home instead of the Masjid?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: I read only the Tarawih prayer at home, and not in jama’ah (congregation). Is doing so a sin? Will I be a sinner for doing so? 

Questioner: Brother from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Jama’ah for the Tarawih prayer is a sunnah kifayah (collective sunnah). If all the people of the masjid leave the jama’ah, then all of them will be sinners, whereas if a particular individual offers it alone at home, then he is not a sinner for doing so. However, praying at home will deprive the person of the excellence of praying along with the jama’ah in a masjid.

Fatawa Hindiyyah states:

وَالْجَمَاعَةُ فِيهَا سُنَّةٌ عَلَى الْكِفَايَةِ وَلَوْ تَرَكَ أَهْلُ الْمَسْجِدِ كُلُّهُمْ الْجَمَاعَةَ فَقَدْ أَسَاءُوا وَأَثِمُواوَإِنْ تَخَلَّفَ وَاحِدٌ مِنْ النَّاسِ وَصَلَّاهَا فِي بَيْتِهِ فَقَدْ تَرَكَ الْفَضِيلَةَ وَلَا يَكُونُ مُسِيئًا وَلَا تَارِكًا لِلسُّنَّةِ

[al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, vol. 1, pg. 116]

Thus, it is better for you to offer the Tarawih prayer along with the jama’ah in a masjid.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by the SeekersPath Team

Read the original Urdu answer here – [Q-ID0343] Can I pray the Tarawih prayer at home instead of the Masjid?

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