Like other mosques and places of worship in London, following the social distancing instructions issued by the UK Government that limit large gatherings of people to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 Coronavirus, Rumi Mosque has come to the decision that Tarawih prayers during Ramadan 2020 will not be offered in congregation at the mosque premises.
As Rumi Mosque we recommend to those wishing to pray Tarawih to perform the Tarawih prayers in their homes. This is in line with the suspension of prayers at mosques and other places of worship, until the coronavirus pandemic ends.
We pray to Allah to accept all prayers, for the current pandemic to end as soon as possible, to forgive those who passed away due to the virus and give speedy shifa-recovery and health to all who are affected and to protect all humanity.
Live-Streaming Quran Recitation and Translation
Rumi Mosque will be live-streaming Quran recitation of one juz every day accompanied with English translation, commencing one hour after iftar. You will be able to follow it on our youtube channel. The live-stream will not include tarawih prayers.
General Information on Tarawih Prayers
Tarawih prayers last the duration of Ramadan, starting on the evening of the first day and ending on the last day. Everyone is advised to pray tarawih at their homes, for health and safety reasons and to avoid spreading COVID-19.
Tarawih is performed after Isha, the last of the five daily prayers. Tarawih prayers are prayed in pairs of two units (rakaat) and can be prayed alone or in a congregation. After every 4 rakaat, there is a break to make supplication (dua). Tarawih can be prayed with eight rakaat, but it is recommended to pray at least twenty rakaat.
Tarawih prayers are Sunnah prayers. Sunnah prayers, unlike fardh prayers, are highly recommended, but are not obligatory.
Tarawih prayers are thought to fall into the category of Sunnat al-Mu’akkadah (strongly recommended).
Prophet Muhammed [Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him] initially prayed the Tarawih in congregation during Ramadan, but discontinued this practice out of concern that it may be viewed as mandatory by the people. At the time of Khalifa Omar [radhi Allahu anh’], Tarawih was resumed to be prayed in congregation during Ramadan.
The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) performed the Tarawih prayers and encouraged others to do so. He said, “Whoever prays qiyam (tarawih) in Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari, 37; Muslim, 760)
Muslims are recommended to make the best effort to pray the Tarawih prayer. However, it is not considered a misdeed or a sin to not pray tarawih, because it is not fardh (obligatory). If one cannot perform the Tarawih behind an Imam at a mosque, then it can be prayed at home.
May Allah help everyone to make the best of Ramadan this year and to benefit its blessings as much as possible.
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