Question: During Ramadaan some people are in the habit of gathering together from the time of Iftaar (breaking the Fast) until the time of Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast). They hire someone to recite the Noble Qur’aan for them and lead them in the `Ishaa (Night) Prayer and Taraaaweeeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan). During the break, they have some drinks like tea and smoke the water pipe. Even the Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) smokes cigarettes and makes amulets, which people believe to cure diseases. Moreover, they make Khatmah (one complete reading of the entire Noble Qur’aan) in Ramadaan and dedicate its reward to the dead. They describe this as a night spent in seeking the Pleasure of Allaah (Exalted be He). Furthermore, when a person dies, they hold a large marquee where people gather to listen to Noble Qur’an recitation and smoke cigarettes. What is the ruling on that?
Answer: It is obligatory to observe fasting during the blessed month of Ramadaan. It is also desirable to offer Taraaaweeeh Prayer at night. This was the regular practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his Sahaabah (Companions). One must not follow acts of Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) which came to be practiced to Islaam after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his Sahaabah… read more here.