20 Raka’at in Taraweeh – The practice of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and His companions
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) offered 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh
The various Hadith, which have been related to Taraweeh, with slight changes in wording, have been mentioned. These establish offering Taraweeh in congregation. Now, the Holy Prophet’s (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) offering 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh is being related on the authority of canons of Hadith, commentaries on those canons and canons of Fiqh (jurisprudence).
There is a Hadith:
عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ : كَانَ النَّبِىُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُصَلِّى فِى شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ بِعِشْرِينَ رَكْعَةً وَالْوِتْرَ.
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) offered 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh and Witr.