Question: What is the ruling of Islaam on Taraaweeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan)? How should it be offered? There is much controversy about this issue; some A’immah (those who lead congregational Prayer) start it by saying “Rise for Qiyaam (stand for optional Prayer at night), may Allaah reward you!”, and then offer two Rak’ahs (units of Prayer), after which they say, “O, Allaah! Send Your peace and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad” in a loud voice. When the Imaam says this, all the Ma’mooms (persons being led by an Imaam in Prayer) repeat it after him. In the second two Rak’ahs, he reads Suwar Al-Ikhlaas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn (Soorah Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) in a loud voice, and the Ma’moom also repeat it after him. On finishing Taraaweeh, he does the same thing three times. If a person tells them that this act was not reported, they reply that it is a good deed and a good Bid`ah (innovation in religion).
Is there anything called a good Bid`ah in Islaam? What is your view on this? How should this Salaah be offered? May Allaah reward you with the best.
Answer: Saying: “Rise for Qiyaam (standing for optional Prayer at night), may Allaah reward you!”; the saying of the Imaam: “O, Allaah! Send Your peace and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad” in a loud voice; repeating this by the Ma’mooms; and reciting Suwar Al-Ikhlaas and Al-Mu’awwidhatayn in a loud voice after offering two Rak’ahs, are all Bid`ah… read more here.