What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Does leaving the Tarawih prayer make someone a sinner? Kindly explain with proofs.
Questioner: A brother from UK
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب
Tarawih prayer is a sunnah muakkadah [emphasised sunnah]. Hence, leaving it habitually is a sin.
It is stated in al-Durr al-mukhtar:
التَّرَاوِيحُ سُنَّةٌ) مُؤَكَّدَةٌ لِمُوَاظَبَةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ (لِلرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ) إجْمَاعًا صَحَّحَهُ فِي الْهِدَايَةِ وَغَيْرِهَا، وَهُوَ الْمَرْوِيُّ عَنْ أَبِي حَنِيفَةَ)
Translation: “The Tarawih prayer, by consensus, is sunnah muakkadah for both men and women, because the Rightly Guided Caliphs practised it perpetually. This has been authenticated by al-Hidaya and others, and the same has been narrated from Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allah ﷻ have mercy upon him).”
[al-Durr al-mukhtar, vol. 2, pg. 43]
It is mentioned in Bahar-e Shari’at: “Leaving sunnah muakkadah is asa’at [bad] and acting on it is rewardful. Leaving it rarely is blameworthy and if habitually left, is a sin.”
[Bahar-e Shari’at, vol. 1, pg. 283]
It is mentioned elsewhere: “Tarawih, by consensus, is sunnah muakkadah for both men and women. Leaving it is not permissible.”
[Ibid, vol. 1, pg. 688]
واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری
Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadiri
Translated by the SeekersPath Team
Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0691] Does not praying the Tarawih prayer make you sinful?