2 cultures – 2 different goals for Taraweeh


As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah

I hope everyone is taking much advantage of this month of Ramadhaan as they should be. I, for one, am not doing as much as I should be during the daytime before Taraweeh.. may Allah put barakah in our time so we are able to do more good inshaAllah during the day as well.

So this post is about Taraweeh specifically and how 2 different cultures have two totally different goals it seems for Taraweeh…

It seems like any masjid that you go to, you will either find them to be on one side of the fence or the other…

On one side you have the DESI masjid.. their primary goal is to finish the Qur’aan by the 27th night for the most part… and they are used to reciting in such a hasty manner that even the Arab brothers don’t understand what is being recited, and thus they can not contemplate upon the words of the Qur’aan.

Allah tells us in the Qur’aan to recite the Qur’aan with tarteel… but most of the DESI Imaams do not seem to follow this in the month of Ramadhaan and tarteel goes out the window…

So to recap: the goal at the DESI masjid is to finish the Qur’aan by the 27th night, even if that means reciting it at super fast speeds so even the brothers who are able to follow and understand the Qur’aan are not able to do that… obviously it doesn’t help that usually, the person reciting does not even know what he is reciting.. which makes their goal easier to be achieved.

And then on the other side of the fence, we have the Arab masaajid and the masaajid that are upon the Sunnah or close to the Sunnah. At these masaajid, it seems that the goal is different. Their goal is to recite the Qur’aan properly so that it is comprehended by the listeners and so that it affects the hearts. It just feels so good to pray Taraweeh in these masaajid because the essence of Taraweeh is understood better here than the DESI masaajid.

Not to be sarcastic, but it just seems like they want another reason to hand out sweets and eat “gulab jaman” (for the non-desis, this is a type of delicious sweet.. looks like a brown small ball.. if you have never tried one, I suggest you try it on ‘Eid)   {smile}

I’m sharing below an audio clip of a Qari at one of the masaajid where the Taraweeh is performed with the correct goal in mind. Alhamdulillah, it has a strong effect on the heart when Islaam is followed properly and the instructions of the Qur’aan are followed properly mashaAllah.

We ask Allah that He gives us the tawfeeq to do more ibaadah during the remaining month of Ramadhaan and helps us to catch Laylatul Qadr. Ameen.

Audio clip from Taraweeh at Al-Minhaal Academy in South Plainfield NJ

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Share your comments below on this topic. What are your feelings on how the Qur’aan is recited in Taraweeh?

  1. Abdul
    August 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Assalamu aleikum brother,
    shukran for the nice aricle, i agree with you 100%, we’ve the same problem in the hanafi masji i pray here in my town. the problem is we don’t have any of sunnah masjid around!!
    using animation is no good brother, scholars of ahlu s sunnah have spoken against it!
    pls bare in mind.
    wa jazakAllahu khayr

    • August 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Not sure what you mean by animation. Can you please clarify so we can make the correction. jazakAllahu khair.

      • Abdul
        August 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        I mean ‘animated emoticons’ like the one you displayed for ‘laughing’ at the end of this paragraph:
        Not to be sarcastic, but it just seems like they want another reason to hand out sweets and eat “gulab jaman” (for the non-desis, this is a type of delicious sweet.. looks like a brown small ball.. if you have never tried one, I suggest you try it on ‘Eid)

      • August 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        JazakAllahu khair for clarifying. I will remove it inshaAllah.

      • Abdul
        August 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        thats nice of you brother Talha
        May Allaah reward you immensely and greatly.

      • August 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        May Allah reward you and your family as well. Ameen

  2. Abdul
    August 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Are you the son of brother Dawud? -may Allaah reward him with jannah-
    i realized you wrote ‘ibn shahid’, thats why the question came to my mind.
    shukran Akhiy

    • August 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      No I am not. My father, may Allah have mercy upon him, passed away last year. I ask Allah that He raises his status in Jannah and forgives his sins and makes the punishment in the grave light for him. Ameen

      • Abdul
        August 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Aamin Aamin Aamin
        Sorry, i thouught you were the son of our beloved brother Abu Talha Dawud Burbank -may Allaah forgive him and reward him with Jannah. Him and you father and my father and all of Muslim brothers/sisters.
        JazakAllaahu khayra
        Akhuuk
        Abu Abdirrahmaan

      • August 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Ameen to your dua.

  3. August 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Asalam alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. I attend Taraweeh at Al-Minhaal Academy and the reciter is truly wonderful over there, mashAllah. Going to masjids where Quran is recited in such a hasty manner is very unenjoyable, especially since we’re particularly supposed to be reflecting over the meaning of Quran in this blessed month.

    • August 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Yes exactly sister Mimi. May Allah accept our actions in these last 10 days and nights. Ameen

  4. August 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Allaahumma baarik.It’s a voice through which khusoo’ transpires- and Allaah is the knower of the hearts.And the tajweed is pretty solid,not like the borderline singing many recitators mistakenly do.Rare indeed.Do you happen to have more of recordings?

    • August 10, 2012 at 3:30 am

      I can upload more recordings inshaAllah soon.

      I will make a recording of the dua qunoot that the shaykh does in witr as well inshaAllah.

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