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f:867 -    Not having time for Taraweeh, what to do?
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Arfa
Question:     assalam alaikum mufti sahab,are performing taraweeh equally necessary for women , as it is for men.Because some women have to look after their infant children and house hold work,due to this they could not perform taraweeh prayer like men.I also have infant children and there is no one else to look after them except me,so if i did not perform taraweeh due to this reason will it be a sin for me.so please kindly answer my question?thankyou.
Answer:     There is a Hadith:

Translation: Hadhrat Abu Salma Bin Abdur Rahman narrates on the authority of his father, Hadhrat Abdur Rahman (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  Verily, Allah Most High has made the fasts of Ramadhan Obligatory (Fardh) on you and I have declared Taraweeh in it to be a Sunnah.

(Sunan Nasai, Hadith No. 2180; Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith No. 1318; Sunan Kubra Lil Baihaqui, Hadith No. 2520; Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, Hadith No. 13; Jame’ Ul Ahadith Wal Maraseel, Hadith No. 13438; Kanzul Ummal, Hadith No. 23659/23660/23722)

Taraweeh is a Sunnah Moukkada (Compulsory Sunnah).  Finishing one complete recitation of the Holy Quran in Taraweeh has not been stressed that much.

If you have to take care of your children and have some other household responsibilities, then you please offer the whole 20 Raka’at of Taraweeh with recitation of small Surah of the Holy Quran.  Take care not to miss it.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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