Dua of Tarawih – Sunnah??

[By Mufti Husain Kakodia]

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In tarawih prayers, people recite the following du’a also called Tasbih Taraweeh, thinking it is from sunnah:

Subhana dhil Mulki wal Malakuti, Subhana dhil izzati wal adhmati wal haybati wal Qudrati,
wal kibriyaa’i wal jabaroot Subhanal Malikil hayyil ladhi, la yunaamu wa layamutu,
Subbuhun, Quddusun, Rabbul malaa’ikati war-rooh La ilaha illal lahu, nustugfirullahi
nas ‘alukul jannati, wa na udhubika min an-naar
Allahumma Ajirnee Minan Naar, Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeero, Ya Mujeer.
As-Salaatu bar Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)

This du’a is posted in many massajid and in fact every one must recite it out loud every 4 rak’ah else you are frown upon.

Some important points to note :

⚫ It is mustahab to site for the duration it took to perform the Taraweeh between every four rakats ie the duration which it took to perform four rakaats is the duration of the pause.

⚫ The words of this dua have been taken from various narrations and have been collected together by scholars for reading in the rest periods during Tarawih prayer.However there is no proof for the dua as a whole in any hadith book and more importantly, no basis for stipulating it as the dua to be recited in tarawih (i.e even those narrating this du’a did not say it was specifically a tarawih du’a).

⚫ The last part of it is really interesting:

الصلاة بَرْ محمد

it isn’t even Arabic! Seems more like Farsi (?)

⚫ Yes, some Fuqaha (like Ibn ‘Abidin (rahimahullah) mentioned it in their books but even they did not classify it as sunnah or mustahab.

⚫ Why stipulate a tasbih that has no sound basis, when there are so many tasbihat mentioned in the ahadith, through which people could accrue huge rewards.

⚫ Therefore, it is incorrect to regard the “Tarāwīh Du‘ā’” as sunnah or mustahabb. Although the actual words of the du‘ā’ are not problematic, one should realize that it is simply mubāh (permissible), nothing more. 

However, one should not start a fitna at the masjid and disrespecting the leaders of the mosques.

Issues of this type are very sensitive and need to be handled with wisdom.

Firstly, because those propagating the dua very often are Ulama. If one starts telling people that this is not sunnah, they will either not listen to you at all, because their Aalim taught them otherwise, or if they listen to you, it will be at the expense of that Aalim’s credibility.

Secondly, there are many people who fiercely believe in holding onto whatever was passed down to them from their forefathers, regardless of whether that action has any basis in the Shariah or not.

The ideal plan of action would be for issues of this sort to be brought to the attention of the different Ulama and Imams in a manner conducive to their accepting and not rejecting it.
They can then undertake the task of educating their respective communities in a suitable manner.

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