Sufi Tradition of Praying 23 Raka in the night of Ramadan

In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Beneficent

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Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions and those who followed them in truth and excellence.

Today we may write a few words about the night prayers during the month of Ramadan.  It is another traditional practice of the main body of Muslims (Ahlu Sunnah Wal jamah) and their leaders that has been constantly attacked by Wahabis or salafis and followers of other misguided neo-groups!

So in order to defend the truth and destroy the falsehood of 72 misguided sects, especially the to destroy the fitnah of Wahabis, I am inspired to write this article.

So when you read this article you should keep in mind all the points in a descending order.

Firstly, Allah Almighty Exalted says in the Noble Qur’an…

Quran 3:19 Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam

So we must ask, which “Islam” is the Islam accepted by Allah, among all this sects and groups?

Because Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam says that the nation will split into 73sects and all of them are in the Hell Fire except one!

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The Jews split into 71 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 71 will enter Hell. By Him in Whose Power is the life of Muhammad, without doubt, my Ummah will be divided into 73 groups. Only one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.”
When asked about which group will be on the right path, the Beloved Messenger of Allah replied, “The main body (Jamaat) of the Muslims.”
[Ibn Majah’s Kitab al-Fitan; Hafiz ibn Kathir’s Signs before Day of Judgment, page 14]

In the same chapter it again speaks about “People of knowledge (Ahl Al Ilm)”

Quran 3:18 Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.

So we can understand that the religion accepted by Allah almighty is the Religion of the People of Knowledge Who are the A’immah (Imams of the Muslims)

On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim] عَنْ أَبِي رُقَيَّةَ تَمِيمِ بْنِ أَوْسٍ الدَّارِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: “الدِّينُ النَّصِيحَةُ.” قُلْنَا: لِمَنْ؟ قَالَ: “لِلَّهِ، وَلِكِتَابِهِ، وَلِرَسُولِهِ، وَلِأَئِمَّةِ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَعَامَّتِهِمْ.”

[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ]

Reference : 40 Hadith Nawawi 7 English translation: Hadith 7

Therefore we can understand that the Islam accepted by Allah Almighty is the Islam of the leaders of the Muslims (Pious Imams and their folk)

This is the only religious creed accepted by Allah, apart from this, there are 72 misguided sects!

So Allah Almighty says in the Quran: 

Quran 3:85 And whoever desires other than Islam (i.e the Islam of the a’immah)  as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.

It is they who are upon the favour of Allah. The greatest favour of Allah is true faith and understanding of religion as it is mentioned in the Quran and Hadith.

Quran 2:269 He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding.

Mu’awiyah (R.A)  reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:If Allah intends goodness for someone, he gives him understanding of the religion.Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 71, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

Therefore, we can understand that , the religion accepted by Allah is the Islam of the creed of those upon whom rests Allah’s favor.

Quran 1:7 The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.

Quran 4:69 And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favor of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.

To follow this creed is the way to have safety, to follow the way of the predecessors and their successors!. Because this way continues through the unbroken chain of A’immah and  inheritors of the spirituality of the Prophets (Awliya Allah) until the Judgement day. All other groups and sects are liars and deceivers . As it is written:

On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I counsel you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.”

[Abu Dawud]

It was related by at-Tirmidhi, who said that it was a good and sound hadeeth.

عَنْ أَبِي نَجِيحٍ الْعِرْبَاضِ بْنِ سَارِيَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: “وَعَظَنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم مَوْعِظَةً وَجِلَتْ مِنْهَا الْقُلُوبُ، وَذَرَفَتْ مِنْهَا الْعُيُونُ، فَقُلْنَا: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! كَأَنَّهَا مَوْعِظَةُ مُوَدِّعٍ فَأَوْصِنَا، قَالَ: أُوصِيكُمْ بِتَقْوَى اللَّهِ، وَالسَّمْعِ وَالطَّاعَةِ وَإِنْ تَأَمَّرَ عَلَيْكُمْ عَبْدٌ، فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ يَعِشْ مِنْكُمْ فَسَيَرَى اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا، فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِسُنَّتِي وَسُنَّةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ الْمَهْدِيينَ، عَضُّوا عَلَيْهَا بِالنَّوَاجِذِ، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَمُحْدَثَاتِ الْأُمُورِ؛ فَإِنَّ كُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلَالَةٌ”.

[رَوَاهُ أَبُو دَاوُدَ]، وَاَلتِّرْمِذِيُّ [رقم:266] وَقَالَ: حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ.

Reference : 40 Hadith Nawawi 28 English translation : Hadith 28


We can understand that the Bidha that is evil, that is condemned by Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam is the deviation from this creed. As we read more Hadiths in the rest of the Hadiths in Sahih Muslim

The Death of Religious (Sufi)  Scholars and the rise of Non-Religious Scholars from the 72 sects: 

Narrated Abu Huraira (May Allah be well pleased with him) : The Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “(religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear; and Harj will increase.” It was asked, “What is Harj, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating “killing.” (Fateh-al-Bari Page 192, Vol. 1)  (Sahih Bukhari Book #3, Hadith #85)

We can also observe that the religious scholars and Imams of the Muslims world were followers of Sufi Tarikat, just as the Osmaniya Khilafat were Hanafis and Sufis!.  There were no Khilafat that was Salafi/Wahabi, there were no A’immah who were Salafi or Wahabi in the generations of Islam!. Wahabism is a state religion of the tribes of Najd! While Nabi Muahmmad alaihiswalathu wa salam advocated the understanding of Islam  of the people of Hijaz, People of Sham and people of Yemen in numerous Hadiths.

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: the Prophet said, “If somebody sees his Muslim ruler doing something he disapproves of, he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the Muslim group even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (See Hadith No. 176 and 177)  (Bukhari ,Book #89, Hadith #257)

It is the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamah (the Madhab following Sufis) who follow the Way of the Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) and rightly guided sucessors. Others follow the square head understanding of religion!. 

As not following the Sunnah of the rightly guided successor is innovation (Bidha) and error!. It is the Sunnah established by Umar bin Al Khattab (R.A) to pray 20 Raka Tarawih prayer during Ramadan.

It is recorded in Muwatta Imam Malik (R) that during the Caliphate of Umar bin Al Khattab (R.A) Muslims prayed 23 bows during Ramadan. ref: Muwatta 254 (5)

This is what followed by Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib (R.A) and other Sahaba after Umar bin Al Khattab (R).

In Jami At-Tirmidhi Chapter 81 Hadith 806 , Imam Tirmidhi (the real people of knowledge and people of Hadith) explains that most of the people of knowledge follow the 20 Raka Tarawih,  and the people of Madinah pray 41 Raka, which one can understand in context with the narration in Muwatta people of Madinah prayed 20 Raka Tarawih, 10 Raka Tahajjud and 11 Raka Withr and such prayers lasted until the time of Fajr (Dawn) prayer,  as we read evidence for the Night prayers in other Hadiths. See Vol 2 , Page 231 of Sahih Muslim , Darussalam Publishers , Saudi Arabia!

This is the view of the religious scholars (Ahlul ilm, see Quran 3:18 and recall all Quran and Hadiths quoted above) , followers of four madhab , and followers of Sufism, Obeying the Amir (Quran 4:59) and following the Sunnah of the rightly guided successors is important than following the crooked Wahabi salafi religion that is upon misguidance and error!

Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam commands to stay away from all this new sects such as Wahabis and salafis who emerged from Arabia and flourished from Najd!

Sahih Muslim Book 020, Hadith Number 4553.
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet, peace be upon him, about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we were lost in ignorance (jahiliyyah) and evil, then Allah brought this good (i.e. Islam). Will some evil come after this good thing?’ He said, ‘Yes’ I asked, ‘And will some good come after that evil?’ He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted with some evil’ I asked, ‘How will it be tainted?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead others on a path different from mine. You will see good and bad in them.’ I asked, ‘Will some evil come after that good?’ He said, ‘Some people will be standing and calling at the gates of Hell; whoever responds to their call, they will throw him into the Fire.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them for us.’ He said, They will be from our own people, and will speak our language. I asked, ‘What do you advise me to do if I should live to see that?’ He said, ‘Stick to the main body (jama’ah) of the Muslims and their leader (imam).’ I asked, What if there is no main body and no leader?’ He said, ‘Isolate yourself from all of these sects, even if you have to eat the roots of trees until death overcomes you while you are in that state.’ “

Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam warned about salafi movement, they are not the movement of the Amirs or Khilafat , the Osmaniya was the Khilafa, the Hanafi Sufi Creed of the Sunni Islam. When reading all this points together one can understand that the Khilafa, A’immah and the Sahaba followed 20 Raka Tarawih and that is the right creed!. The Wahabis are an evil sect which falls under the category of 72 misguided sects!

If Wahabis and salafis disagree with me, are they saying that Sahaba and tabi’een did not understand the Hadiths and they did it wrong?, So why are they lying that they follow the understanding of Islam as Sahaba understood?

Sahaba in the time of Khulafa Rashideen moved forward by following the Sunnah of the rightly guided successors , hz Umar Al Farooq and hz Ali Bin Abi Talib (Peace be upon them). But today Wahabis claiming that they have understood Hadith better than Sahaba and misquoting a Hadith from Ayesha (R.A) and claiming they are praying 8 Raka Tarawih.

As a matter of fact, that was a practice of Nabi Muhammad alaihiswalathu wa salam, during the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan as we read in the whole context of the Hadith. That prayers were prayed in the set of 4 Raka (4+4+3) and it was not continued except for a few times. What was continued in night prayers were praying a 10 set of 2 Raka. As numerous other Hadiths explains the emphasis on praying 2 Raka rather than 4 raka in the night prayers.

So it is a clear innovation to pray 8 Raka Tarawih, Nabi alaihiswalathu wa salam did not establish it for the Ummah! It is the correct way is to follow the Sunnah of Umar (R.A) and to pray 20 Raka .

Ayesha (R.A) was present in the time of Umar (R.A) and Ali (R.A) but Ayesha (R.A) did not correct them on praying 20 Raka Tarawih. It also prove that today, rebellious khawarij wahabis today quote Ayesha’s (R) Hadith trying to correct Hz Umar, Ahl Al Ilm and the majority Sunni World.

This are the modern Khaarij who bring fitnah (confusion) and Fasad (tribulations) among Muslims while claiming to be following the best of people!

They are the one who call themselves Islahis , But Quran refute them:

Quran 2:11-12 And when it is said to them, “Do not cause corruption on the earth,” they say, “We are but reformers.” Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.

The reformers of Islam are Mujaddids not some false sects outside of the Main body! Mujaddid is sent by Allah in every century, they are people of knowledge (3:18) who confirms the way of the previous Mujaddids and Imams of the previous generations!

Sunan Abu Dawud, 37:Kitab Al Malahim (Battles), Hadith 4278 Narrated AbuHurayrah (R.A): The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it.

Quran 63:1 When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, “We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah.” And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars.

Quran 63:2 They have taken their oaths as a cover, so they averted [people] from the way of Allah. Indeed, it was evil that they were doing.

They are munafiqun, they avert people from the Way of Allah , which is the way of Khulafa Rashideen, Ai’mmah and Mujaddid, the way of the main body and it’s leaders! The last link of the main body is Osmaniya Khilafat and truth clearly stand out from falsehood and Salafis are exposed!

Quran 63:2  That is because they believed, and then they disbelieved; so their hearts were sealed over, and they do not understand.

Quran 63:4 And when you see them, their forms please you, and if they speak, you listen to their speech. [They are] as if they were pieces of wood propped up – they think that every shout is against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded?

The Quran declare that they are the enemies of Islam and they are deluded, and Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala warns about them!

Quran 2:7 Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment.

Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?

Quran 25:43 Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded?

This is because this people are so arrogant and evil that they attack the Awliya Allah and the pious Muslims, accusing shirk and kufr (polytheism and disbelief) on the Jamah (main Body) and its leaders (Amirs and A’immah). Such people are doomed to destruction!

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” [Al-Bukhari]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَة رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُول اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم إنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى قَالَ: “مَنْ عَادَى لِي وَلِيًّا فَقْد آذَنْتهُ بِالْحَرْبِ، وَمَا تَقَرَّبَ إلَيَّ عَبْدِي بِشَيْءٍ أَحَبَّ إلَيَّ مِمَّا افْتَرَضْتُهُ عَلَيْهِ، وَلَا يَزَالُ عَبْدِي يَتَقَرَّبُ إلَيَّ بِالنَّوَافِلِ حَتَّى أُحِبَّهُ، فَإِذَا أَحْبَبْتُهُ كُنْت سَمْعَهُ الَّذِي يَسْمَعُ بِهِ، وَبَصَرَهُ الَّذِي يُبْصِرُ بِهِ، وَيَدَهُ الَّتِي يَبْطِشُ بِهَا، وَرِجْلَهُ الَّتِي يَمْشِي بِهَا، وَلَئِنْ سَأَلَنِي لَأُعْطِيَنَّهُ، وَلَئِنْ اسْتَعَاذَنِي لَأُعِيذَنَّهُ”.

[رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ].

Reference: 40 Hadith Nawawi 38 English translation: Hadith 38

Sahih Bukhari: Narrated ‘Ali (R.A) : Whenever I tell you a narration from Allah’s Apostle, by Allah, I would rather fall down from the sky than ascribe a false statement to him, but if I tell you something between me and you (not a Hadith) then it was indeed a trick (i.e., I may say things just to cheat my enemy). No doubt I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, where-ever you find them, kill them, for who-ever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.”  (Book 84, Hadith 64)

Today the world is witnessing the fruits of Wahabism, which is to shed blood of the innocent through terrorism and extremism, and the moderate salafi groups slander of the Muslims accusing them of shirk and kufr!

Narrated ‘abdullah: Allah’s apostle said, “abusing a muslim is Fusuq (i.e., an evil-doing), and killing him is Kufr (disbelief).”  (Sahih Bukhari, Book 73, Hadith 70)

They are Fasiqun:

Quran 32:20 And as for those who are Fasiqun (disbelievers and disobedient to Allah), their abode will be the Fire, every time they wish to get away therefrom, they will be put back thereto, and it will be said to them: “Taste you the torment of the Fire which you used to deny.”

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: ‘Ali bin Abi Talib sent a piece of gold not yet taken out of its ore, in a tanned leather container to Allah’s Apostle . Allah’s Apostle distributed that amongst four Persons: ‘Uyaina bin Badr, Aqra bin Habis, Zaid Al-Khail and the fourth was either Alqama or Amir bin At Tufail. On that, one of his companions said, “We are more deserving of this (gold) than these (persons).” When that news reached the Prophet , he said, “Don’t you trust me though I am the truth worthy man of the One in the Heavens, and I receive the news of Heaven (i.e. Divine Inspiration) both in the morning and in the evening?” There got up a man with sunken eyes, raised cheek bones, raised forehead, a thick beard, a shaven head and a waist sheet that was tucked up and he said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Be afraid of Allah.” The Prophet said, “Woe to you! Am I not of all the people of the earth the most entitled to fear Allah?” Then that man went away. Khalid bin Al-Wahd said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall I chop his neck off?” The Prophet said, “No, for he may offer prayers.” Khalid said, “Numerous are those who offer prayers and say by their tongues (i.e. mouths) what is not in their hearts.” Allah’s Apostle said, “I have not been ordered (by Allah) to search the hearts of the people or cut open their bellies.” Then the Prophet looked at him (i.e. that man) while the latter was going away and said, “From the offspring of this (man there will come out (people) who will recite the Qur’an continuously and elegantly but it will not exceed their throats. (They will neither understand it nor act upon it). They would go out of the religion (i.e. Islam) as an arrow goes through a game’s body.” I think he also said, “If I should be present at their time I would kill them as the nations a Thamud were killed.”  (Sahih Bukhari Book #59, Hadith #638)

They do not act upon the Quran as it should be acted upon, as described even the case of Tarawih prayer in the Ramadan, secondly their disobedience to the people of authority (Quran 4:59) and people of knowledge (3:18).

Quran 3:19 Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam (i.e the Islam of Imams and main body) . And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account. (the Islam of 72 misguided sects such as salafi& wahabi)

They do not accept the Revelation Completely, which is the imitation of Yahoodis (Jews):

Quran 2:85 ………..So do you believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part? Then what is the recompense for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.

The Najdi Origin of this Salafi Movement:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: (The Prophet) said, “O Allah! Bless our Sham and our Yemen.” People said, “Our najd as well.” The Prophet again said, “O Allah! Bless our Sham and Yemen.” They said again, “Our najd as well.” On that the Prophet said, “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head of Satan.”  (Sahih Bukhari, Book #17, Hadith #147)

There was no argument among the Muslims in the world about Tarawih prayer during the Khilafa period, but it started after Salafis emerged from Najd, their oppositions to the Imams of Sunni Islam and distortion of Quran and Hadith !

Some worst of square head salafis claim Najd is in Iraq, but the Hadiths about “Ihram” for pilgrimage expose their deviance and lies and defend the Truth!

In Sunan Abu Dawood (Darussalam Publishers, Saudi Arabia) volume 2 page 339-340 it is recorded that the Miqat for the people of Najd for ihram is Qarn (Sahih, No: 1737) and Dhat Irq for the people of Iraq (Sahih, Hadith No:1739)

Narrated Salim bin ‘Abdullah from his father: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The Miqat for the people of Medina is Dhul-Hulaifa; for the people of Sham is Mahita; (i.e. Al-Juhfa); and for the people of najd is Qarn. And said Ibn ‘Umar, “They claim, but I did not hear personally, that the Prophet said, “The Miqat for the people of Yemen is Yalamlam.”  (Sahih Bukhari Book 26, Hadith 603)

Allah Almighty declares that you should obey  Allah and His Messenger and Obey those who are in authority (Quran 4:59) , that is the “inna dina inda Allahil Islam,  the and Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ordered us to follow the Sunnah of the rightly guided successors and to keep the religion in Nasheeha with A’immatul Muslimeen, but Wahabis the deviated from this plain orders, thus becoming a false creed !

Quran 33:36 It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.

We can understand that Wahabis are the innovators (new sect) and are upon “dhalala” error!

 See Hadith in Imam Nawawi 40 Hadith quoted above on following the sunnah of rightly guided successors and the relgion is Naseeha!
If Sahaba were right in following the Sunnah of Umar (R.A) and establishing 2 Raka Tarawih, then Wahabis are in error by following a Hadith misquoted and misinterpreted from Sahih  Bukhari,
But  if Wahabis are right in doing 8 Raka tarawih and claiming to be following Prophet’s sunnah thus thinking they understood the Islam and Hadiths better than the sahabis, then one must believe Wahabis were right and sahabis were wrong!, or at least will have to believe, wahabis understood Islam better than sahaba and tabi’een!
In both cases that is mentioned in this paragraph, we can understand that Wahabis are hypocrites liars and khawarij of this times!
Because it is said in hadith:

Hudhayfah (R.A) reported: We were sitting with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Verily, I do not know how much longer I will remain with you. After me, follow these two,” and the Prophet pointed to Abu Bakr and Umar. Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3663 Sahih Hadith.

There are numerous HADITHS  about the virtues of Sahaba, especially Hz Abu Bakr, Hz Umar, Hz Usman and Hz Ali (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon them) and the virtues of Ahlul Bayth of the future generations,  and there not even one Hadith about the virtues of Wahabis, rather all hadith about Wahabis and how they were originated and spread is warning about their evil!

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Wa salamun alal Mursaleen

Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen

~ Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani

Representative of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order

28 April 2020

Sufism is the only Islam, without Sufism it is not the Islam of the A’immah and Mujaddids

Taraweeh Prayer

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem 
Hazret Umar Ibn Khattab (Radiyallahu Anhu) reformed Tarawih prayer for the betterment of the Muslims, to consider everyone and give a direction. 
But today, people have made Tarawih a burden especially in Northern countries where long summer day time in this Ramadan.

Masjids doing Tarawi like 1 hour to two hours prayer. Leaving no time to breath. Forgetting elders, sick, new parents, working people etc.

It is OK to pray Tarawih long hours if sun sets at 6-7 PM and people begin Tarawih at 8:30-9PM.

Tarawih of wahabis is a Bidha (Innovation) , taking half of the Sunnah of Umar Radiyallahu Anhu and leaving half. 

Tarawih prayed 20 Raka in congregation is correct Sunnah,  Because It was Umar Bin Al Khattab (R.A) who introduced a regular Tarawih (20 Raka) prayer in congregation.

There is no evidence that Prophet Muhammad (alaihiswalathu wa salam) established an 8/10/13 Raka Tarawih prayer in every Ramadan or in every day in Ramadan!

Tarawih prayed at home as much as you can is also a sunnah, which existed prior to the making of Tarawih as a congregational prayer. 

Tarawih prayer 8 Raka in Jamath (Congregations) is not a Prophetic Sunnah. 

The same groups claim Sufis exaggerating worship and doing things out of sunnah, your sunnah is robotic up and down Ramadan Olympics! Not putting spirit of The believers and circumstances with in the context of Sunnah. Send your way of religion to Japanese robotic scientists, those Robots can pray your version of Tarawih in all seasons!

Bombay mix snack type religions and sects spotted these days!

Tarawih Jamath :
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem 
“Ni’emathi al-Bid’athu Haadihi”

Yahya Narrated from Malik from Yazid bin Ruman (may Allah be pleased with them) that he said: The people used to stand during the Caliphate of Umar bin Al Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) during the month of Ramadan for twenty-three bows.
(Muwatta Imam Malik chapter on Ramadan prayers)


Quran 4:59O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger andthose in authority among you [72 Sects missing this part of the Quran]. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Najih al-Irbad bin Sariyah (ra) who said:”The Messenger of Allah (sas) delivered an admonition that made our hearts fearful and our eyes tearful. We said, “O Messenger of Allah, it is as if this were a farewell sermon, so advise us.” He said, “I enjoin you to have Taqwa of Allah and that you listen and obey, even if a slave is made a ruler over you. He among you who lives long enough will see many differences. So for you is to observe my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-principled and rightly-guided successors, holding on to them with your molar teeth. Beware of newly-introduced matters, for every innovation (bid’ah) is an error.” (Abu Dawud & Al-Tirmidhi, who says it is an authentic hadith – hasan saheeh)

The Hadith clearly defines, it is Bidha to disobey a rightly guided successor and override their Sunnah in the name of following Prophet’s Sunnah!

Sahaba unanimouly agreed up on the Sunnah of Umar bin Al Khattab (R.A)


Quran 45:23 Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded?

When Salafis stay out from the Sunnah of Umar bin Al Khattab (R.A) the rightly guided successor, they are disobeying the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him).  They are following their own ego!

Imagine, if the salafis lived in the time of Umar Al Farooq (R.A) and stay away from him and disobey his order and say: “We only pray 8 Raka , the Sunnah of the Prophet, we don’t follow you!!!”

Aren’t this Wahabis the Khawarij (rebellious sinners) about whom the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam warned us that would appear in the end of times, who would talk like best of people but leave from Islam as an arrow goes out from the prey!???

Sahih Bukhari: Narrated ‘Ali: I heard the Prophet saying, “In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection.”  (Book 61, Hadith 577)

The group  who label names on Muslim such as “Mushrik and Grave worshipper”

Aren’t this Wahabis those who are separate from the Jamah of Khalifa Umar Al Farooq (R.A) ?

Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet said, “If somebody sees his Muslim ruler doing something he disapproves of, he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the Muslim group even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (See Hadith No. 176 and 177)  (Book #89, Hadith 257)

Aren’t this salafis who are among those who disobey the Khalifa of Muslimeen?

 Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me.”  (Book 89, Hadith 251)


Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “All my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will refuse?” He said, “whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it).”  (Book 92, Hadith 384)

Aisha (R.A) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever innovates something into this matter of ours which does not belong to it will have it rejected.”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Whoever performs a deed that is not in accordance with our matter will have it rejected.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2550, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1718 also said that (SUNAN Abu Dawud) one must adhere to the sunnah of the rightly guided successors!

But so many misguided groups do not follow the rightly guided successors completely. They chop and take some and reject the rest!

It is a khawarij tradition to do so! It is the sunnah of khawarij to disobey the rightly guided successors and declare acts done by sahaba as shirk and bidha!

Sayyiduna Umar bin Khattab (R.A)introduced 20 Raka Tarawih one who seek to pray Tarawih in Jamath must pray 20 Raka. Don’t take Sunnah of rightly guided successors cut and paste like Wahabis who take the Sunnah of Tarawih Jamath and pray only 8 Raka, actually earn nothing.

Because they are not accepting the Sunnah of rightly guided completely and wholeheartedly.

“those who do not have a shaikh their shaikh is Satan and their own ego” – Sultanul Awliya Hz Shaikh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Al-jilani (q.s)

Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem 
Should we insist older and working people to pray taraweeh in Masjid?
Should we have long surah recited during the Ramadan nights, as the.night is so short and people find it difficult to attend prayers?. 
Doesn’t Prophet alaihiswalathu wa Salam orders to make things easy for ummah? 

Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Anas: ‘Aisha had a Qiram (a thin marked woolen curtain) with which he had screened one side of her home. The Prophet said, “Take away this Qiram of yours, as its pictures are still displayed in front of me during my prayer (i.e. they divert my attention from the prayer).” (Book 8, Hadith 371)

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Al-Harith: Once on a rainy muddy day, Ibn ‘Abbas delivered a sermon in our presence and when the Mu’adhdhin pronounced the Adhan and said, “Haiya ala-s-sala(t) (come for the prayer)” Ibn ‘Abbas ordered him to say ‘pray at your homes.’ The people began to look at each other (surprisingly). Ibn ‘Abbas said. “It was done by one who was much better than I (i.e. the Prophet or his Mu’adhdhin), and it is a license.’ (Book 11, Hadith 590)

Narrated Nafi: Once in a cold night, Ibn ‘Umar pronounced the Adhan for the prayer at ,Dajnan (the name of a mountain) and then said, “pray at your homes”, and informed us that Allah’s Apostle used to tell the Mu’adhdin to pronounce Adhan and say, “pray at your homes” at the end of the Adhan on a rainy or a very cold night during the journey.” (Book 11, Hadith 605)

Narrated Nafi’: Once on a very cold and stormy night, Ibn ‘Umar pronounced the Adhan for the prayer and then said, “pray in your homes.” He (Ibn ‘Umar) added. “On very cold and rainy nights Allah’s Apostle used to order the Mu’adhdhin to say, ‘pray in your homes.’ ” (Book 11, Hadith 635)

Narrated Zaid bin Thabit: Allah’s Apostle (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) made a small room (with a palm leaf mat). Allah’s Apostle came out (of his house) and prayed in it. Some men came and joined him in his prayer. Then again the next night they came for the prayer, but Allah’s Apostle delayed and did not come out to them. So they raised their voices and knocked the door with small stones (to draw his attention). He came out to them in a state of anger, saying, “You are still insisting (on your deed, i.e. Tarawih prayer in the mosque) that I thought that this prayer (Tarawih) might become obligatory on you. So you people, offer this prayer at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is the one which he offers at home, except the compulsory (congregational) prayer.” (Sahih Bukhari Book 73, Hadith 134)

So Why are the Wahabis calling people to Masjid to pray 11 Raka every night of Ramsdan?

So those Wahabi who wanted to pray Tarawih as the Prophet (a.s) prayed and make claim that they only as the Prophet (a.s), then they cannot do Tarawih everyday at the Masjid, they should avoid doing Tarawih in some days of the Ramadan and pray some days at home!

We see today people who make a show off of their prayers, also so much extreme shariah making even women running to Masjid!
We have “Ramadan Islam” , “Eid Islam” “Friday Islam” etc!
So people pick a variety of Islam that fit for their ego!. Not following the beautiful and Godly Islam (Rabbani Islam) .

Some have “Ramadan Islam” , some have “Eid Islam” , some have “Friday Islam”, some “Have Mosque Islam”. They are picking one side and cutting and leaving other side of the Religion!
The purpose of Congregational prayers is that Muslims establish love and brotherhood among them irrespective of race and nationality. But today Jamath prayers have become a joke than serving it’s purpose. Everyone need to show off some.robotic salah to please their own ego. To feel themselves as pious, but you will not attain Piety until you love one another. 
Mosques are built on racial grounds, those who look after mosques are appointed by norms of tribalism and racism! 
“He is not from us who work for tribalism die for tribalism “(hadith says this in detail). 
So where is the Masjid of Allah?! 
Today people are establishing their own version of Islam, a Bangali and Pakistani cannot sit together as brothers, an African and Indian not seen together regularly. This empty words of “brother” “brother” in streets. 
There are 100s of dawah stalls targeted white girls, or Arab girls. No even considering black or dark men and women. 
All this egoistic works serve only egos, not Allah subhana wa ta’ala, the racial works that many from south Asia exclude African Muslims from inviting, all these nonsense in the name of Islam will find its end at the sword of Mahdi Alahissalam!!!
We must wake up and follow the Consistent way!

~ Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al-Hassani


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