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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Taraweeh Prayers

Salam, First day in Ramadan was a breeze, did not feel hungry or thirsty elhamdela, and when I got home I took a 40 minutes nap and when I woke up it was time for Iftar. My DW made us Chicken soup, Maqloobah with the nuts,almonds, and potato cubes along with the Arabian salad and yogurt, and yes we drank Vimto, lol. Then I went to the masjid for Isha and Taraweeh prayers, ( this is the first time in my life that I do taraweeh), I was warned it is going to be rather lengthy, because the shaikh reads a whole juz' every night in 4 salats 2 rik3ahs each, but It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be at all, I enjoyed it and although we are in the states, there were a lot of families along with their kids in the masjid and there was food and fancy tea with (hale) and Arabic coffee. Which I enjoyed as well. Here is some info about Taraweeh prayers below; Taraweeh Prayers in Ramadan From Huda, Your Guide to Islam. FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now! Special prayers are said each evening of the holy month When the month of Ramadan begins, Muslims enter into a period of discipline and worship: fasting during the day, and praying throughout the day and night. During Ramadan, special evening prayers are conducted during which long portions of the Qur'an are recited. These special prayers are known as taraweeh. The word taraweeh comes from an Arabic word which means to rest and relax. The prayer can be very long (well over an hour), during which one stands upright to read from the Qur'an and performs many cycles of movement (standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting). After each four cycles, one sits for a brief period of rest before continuing -- this is where the name taraweeh ("rest prayer") comes from. During the standing portions of the prayer, long sections of the Qur'an are read. The Qur'an is divided into equal parts (called juz) for the purpose of reading sections of equal length during each of the Ramadan nights. Thus, 1/30 of the Qur'an is read on successive evenings, so that by the end of the month the entire Qur'an has been completed. It is recommended that Muslims attend the taraweeh prayers in the mosque (after 'Isha, the last evening prayer), to pray in congregation. This is true for both men and women. However, one may also perform the prayers individually at home. These prayers are voluntary, but are strongly recommended and widely practiced. For more details about the performance of taraweeh prayers, please see the articles linked at the right. Saudi Arabia television broadcasts the taraweeh prayers live from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, now with simultaneous subtitling of the English translation. To watch, please visit the following sites (tune in at 5:00 pm GMT for the live broadcast): Saudi Arabia - Channel 1 (main website) Peace

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