The night spent in seeking Allaah’s Pleasure by performing Taraaaweeeh along with drinking lawful & unlawful drinks

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.

What is the ruling on a person who delays Iftaar ?

Question: What is the ruling on a person who delays Iftaar (breaking the Fast) until after Taraaaweeeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan)? It is noteworthy that the person concerned is well-aware of the rulings pertaining to breaking Sawm (Fast). Also, when observing voluntary Sawm, he is in the habit of breaking Sawm after `Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer. What is the ruling on the validity of Sawm as such? I appreciate giving me advice in this regard.

Answer: Sawm ends at sunset. This is based on the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …then complete your Sawm (fast) till the nightfall This is also based on the Hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: When night comes from this direction (east) and the day departs from this direction (west) and the sun has set, it is time for the fasting person to break Sawm. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is also reported to have said: People will remain on the right path (i.e., acting upon the Sunnah) as long as they hasten to break Sawm (immediately at sunset)read more here.

Is there a specific number of Rak`ahs for optional Qiyaam al-Layl

Question 17:  Is it necessary to offer a specific number of Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) for Qiyaam-ul-Layl (standing for optional Prayer at night) every night or is it done according to one’s ability?

Answer: It is prescribed for a Muslim to offer eleven Rak`ahs on standing for optional night Salaah (Prayer), as this was the number mostly observed by the Prophet (peace be upon him). It was authentically reported that `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said... read more here.