After a long day of fasting, millions of Muslims rush to perform it.
Men and women, youth and elderly line up to enter into a state of faith and humbleness.
Nights are assigned to it, souls are dedicated for it, and the most delightful recitation is set for it.
Sought by Muslims in various parts of the world yet, in Egypt, it has a special feeling, unmatched to anything else.
The rituals of the practice vary from one place to the other, some times its performed eight times while other times twenty.
Although practiced daily in different forms and times, it is a Ramadan ritual and is practiced only during the holy month.It starts instantly after demonstrating the crescent of Ramadan and concludes by declaring the new crescent moon of “Eid al-Fitr.” It is related to devoutness and spirituality, spreading humbleness in the souls even for those who cannot perform it.It can be lengthy or swift, depending on one’s ability and passion.The ritual can last for two hours, though in some cases, it can take less. Reciting at least one juz’ per night, tarawih prayers are considered “Sunnah.” Interspersed with a period of recreation or ashort break, for this, it was called Tarawih prayer.
Tarawih prayers in Egypt
It was confirmed “Sunnah” after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Egyptians knew Tarawih after the conquest of Egypt in 640 AD. The Arab military commander Amr ibn al-‘As, who led the Muslim army, spread the teaching of Quran and Sunnah across the country.
In 1007 AD, The sixth Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah forbade Tarawih prayers as he believed it was formulated by Sunni sages.
Egypt remained more than 200 years without a single Tarawih prayer until the Sunni Ayyubids came to power in 1171 AD to restore the prayer across the river banks until this day.
Among the most popular places for Tarawih prayers are the Mosques of Amr ibn al-As in old Cairo, Al-Sayeda Nafeesah, Al-Hussein and Al-Rahman al-Rahim in the Abbassia neighborhood, as well as the leader Ibrahim in Alexandria.
Across Egypt, Tarawih, which has a special place among Muslims, is performed after Isha prayers during the holy month.