The Gift Of Taraaweeh
All Praise is due to Allaah, Durood and Salaam upon Nabi Muhammad (Salaahi alaahi wasalaam ) upon whom was revealed Allaah’s last book. The Quraan –e- Kareem, upon which the Sahabah (Raadhi Allaahu Taala alaahim ajameen) lived to gain the pleasure of Allaah.
The “Gift of Taraweeh” will aid the musalles and the followers of Taraweeh to have an overview of what is going to be recited in the Taraweeh Salaah on each night of Ramadhaan.
Moulana Abdur Raheem Falahi has divided the recitation of the Quraan in the following manner :-
1.) From the 1ST Taraweeh up to the 16TH Taraweeh, 1 ½ paras are recited nightly
2.) From the 17TH Taraweeh up to the 25TH Taraweeh ,1 para is recited nightly
3.) In the 26TH Taraweeh a little more than ½ of the 30TH Para is recited then
4.) Recitation of the Quraan is concluded in the 27TH Taraweeh.
May Allaah reward Moulana Abdur Raheem abundantly and grant him a long life. (Ameen)
We have made a further division by indicating denoting where the 1st Para starts and ends and making known thereafter where each subsequent para ends up to the 20TH para. Then as per Moulana’s summary and division the 21ST para starts in the 17TH Taraweeh. From then on up to the 25TH Taraweeh one (1) Para is recited nightly.
May the Creator accept our efforts.
A.H.ELIAS (MUFTI) 1423 HIJRI/ 2002
The Gift of Taraaweeh
This translation of the Quraan is dedicated to all the Huffaadh and Imaams who lead the Taraaweeh salaah and who wish to cast their lives as well as the lives of the entire Ummah into the mould that Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) was sent with. This Qur'aan prescribes a complete way of life which will ensure the well being of any nation. Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) said, “Verily Allaah elevates nations by means of this Qur'aan and disgraces others thereby.” [Muslim]
This book is a night-by-night summary of what is usually read in the Taraaweeh salaah. It has been authenticated by many leading Sheikhul Hadith and other leading Ulema of India, where the original has been published in Urdu.
The Qur'aan is the most widely read book in the world, the most printed book, the most revered book, and it is a divine scripture that cancels all others. Every Muslim owes four rights to the Qur'aan. He must:
1) Love the Qur'aan dearly.
2) Revere the Qur'aan.
3) Recite the Qur'aan properly.
4) Obey the injunctions of the Qur'aan.
With the grace of Allaah, one will not find a Muslim who does not love and revere the Qur'aan. Great efforts are also being made to teach people to recite the Qur'aan correctly. Muslims are negligent in making an effort to understand the Qur'aan so that they may act on its various injunctions. This negligence plays a major role in the degradation that the Muslims are suffering on a global scale.
The Qur'aan was revealed as a guidance for humanity at large. It is therefore imperative for every person to grasp the message of the Qur'aan. Generally Muslims devote themselves to the Qur'aan during the month of Ramadhaan, when their hearts are more receptive towards matters of Deen. During this great month, they recite the Qur'aan abundantly and listen to it daily in the Taraaweeh salaah. This book “Gift of Taraweeh” brings to light the pertinent messages of the Qur'aan as it is recited daily in the Taraaweeh Surah during Ramadhaan. Congregations are urged to recite it nightly so that they may understand Allaah’s message to them. May Allaah accept this humble effort. Aameen.
The First Taraaweeh
This summary covers the first one and a quarter paras of the Qur'aan, beginning with Surah Faatiha and concluding with verse 176 of Surah Baqara.
START FIRST PARA.
Surah Faatiha is usually referred to as “Al Hamd Shareef.” Although this Surah was not the first Surah of the Qur'aan to be revealed, it is the first to be written in Qur'aanic manuscripts and the first to be recited when commencing recitation (Tilaawah) of the Qur'aan.
Surah Faatiha is a du’aa (supplication) that Allaah has taught mankind. Therefore, when a person recites Surah Faatiha, s/he is actually making a du’aa to Allaah. The rest of the Qur'aan follows as a reply to this du’aa. In this du’aa a person pleads to Allaah to show him the straight path (“Siraatul Mustaqeem”). Thereafter, Allaah gives man the entire Qur'aan as the guidance he asked for and as a description of the “Siraatul Mustaqeem” which he wants to tread.
“Surah Baqara” follows “Surah Faatiha”, in which Allaah says that the Qur'aan is a guide for people who revere and respect Allaah. Therefore, The Quraan may be of no use to those who have no desire for guidance and direction. Such people will be deprived of its illumination and shall remain deaf, dumb and blind. In Surah Baqara, Allaah invokes man to believe in the unseen, to establish salaah and to spend in Allaah’s way from the provisions that He has granted. The details of Imaan are described as belief in the Qur'aan, belief in all the Prophets and the previously revealed Divine Scriptures and conviction in the Hereafter.
Allaah also warns people against hypocrisy, warns the kuffaar about the punishment of Jahannam, while also conveying the glad tidings of Jannah to the Mu'mineen. It is in this part of “Surah Baqara” that Allaah speaks about the creation of Hadhrat Aadam (A.S) and his appointment as Allaah’s viceroy on earth. The test between the knowledge of Hadhrat Aadam (A.S) and the angels is mentioned, together with Allaah’s command do the angels prostrate before Hadhrat Aadam (A.S). While all the angels complied, Iblees refused. As a result of this arrogance, he was cursed and expelled from Heaven. Thereafter, the accursed Iblees tricked Hadhrat Adam (A.S) and Hadhrat Hawwa (A.S) into eating from the forbidden tree. They were then sent to live on earth. They repented to Allaah and were forgiven.
Allaah also speaks of the time when He summoned Hadhrat Moosa (A.S) to Mount Toor to receive the Torah. In his absence, the Bani Israa'eel began to worship the calf. However, they were eventually forgiven for this act. On a daily basis Allaah provided them with “Mann” and “Salwa” to eat from the heavens, and also provided water for them from twelve springs that gushed from a rock. Allaah describes how the Jews were ungrateful for Allaah’s bounties and how they behaved rebelliously and insolently. This, together with their hypocritical conduct drew Allaah’s punishment upon them.
Thereafter, Allaah speaks about Hadhrat Ibraheem (A.S) who was successful in every trial that Allaah placed on him. As a reward for this, Allaah made him a leader of mankind. Allaah commanded him and his son Hadhrat Isma'eel (A.S) to construct the Kaa'ba, which they duly did. Hadhrat Ibraheem (A.S) made du’aa to Allaah to raise a prophet from amongst his progeny who would be a guide for mankind. Allaah accepted this du’aa by raising Hadhrat Muhammed (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) as a messenger to the universe, via whom guidance spread throughout the world.
END OF 1ST PARA – START OF 2ND PARA
The beginning of the second para discusses the change of Qibla. Allaah commands the Muslims to face towards the Kaa'ba instead of Baitul Muqaddas (Jerusalem) when performing salaah. Consequently, Muslims will always be required to face towards the Kaa'ba wherever they may be. Allaah also prohibits the eating of carrion (dead animals), blood, swine and all animals that have been sacrificed with the name of any being besides Allaah.