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How to perform taraweeh prayers?

Namaz-tarawih (or taraweeh prayer) is the desired (sunnah) prayer performed during the month of Ramadan after the obligatory night (isha') prayer. It is performed from the 1st night and ends on the last night of fasting. Prayer-tarawih is preferably performed collectively in a mosque, if there is no such opportunity, it could be performed at home together with family and neighbors. In extreme cases, it can be done alone.
 
Usually, eight rakaas are performed: four prayers by two rakaas, but it is better to perform twenty rakaas, i.e. ten prayers. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ performed as many as twenty rakaas, and sometimes eight rakaas. At the end of the Taraweeh prayers, three raka'as of the Witr prayer is performed (two rakaahs in one prayer and then one more rakaah in the following prayer).
 
The order of performing tarawih-prayer:
Tarawih consists of four or ten two-rakaah prayers and supplications read between these prayers (before and after them). These supplications are given below.
 
1. After performing the obligatory night (`isha') prayer and sunnah-prayer rawatib, the dua (supplication) No 1 is read.
 
2. The first tarawih prayer is performed.
 
3. Recite dua number 1.
 
4. The second tarawih prayer is completed.
 
5. Dua No. 2 and dua No. 1 are recited.
 
6. The third tarawih prayer is performed.
 
7. Dua No.1 is recited.
 
8. The fourth tarawih prayer is performed.
 
9. Dua No. 2 and dua No. 1 are recited.
 
10. Two-rakaas of witr-prayer is performed.
 
11. Recite dua number 1.
 
12. One-rakaah of witr-prayer is performed.
 
13. Dua No.3 is recited.
 
Supplications read between the Taraweeh prayers: 
 
Dua No. 1: "La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin wa `ala ali Muhammadin wa sallim. Allahumma inna nas'alukal jannata fa na`uzubika minannar."
 
لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله اللهم صل علي محمد وعلي آل محمد وسلم اللهم انا نسالك الجنة فنعوذ بك من النار
 
Dua No. 2: "Subhana llahi, walhamdu lillahi wala ilaha illa llahu wallahu akbar. Subhana llahi `adada khalqihi wariza'a nafsihi wazinata `arshihi wa midada kalimatih" (3 times).
 
سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا اله الا الله والله أكبر سبحان الله علد خلقه ورضاء نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته
 
Dua No. 3: "Subhanal malikil quddus (2 times). Subhanallahil malikil quddus, subbuhun quddusun rabbul malaikati warruh. Subhana man ta`azzaza bil qudrati wal baqa' wa qahharal `ibada bil mawti wal fana'i. Subhana rabbika rabbil `izzati `amma yasifun wa salamun `alal mursalina walhamdu lillahi rabbil `alamin."
 
سبحان الملك القدوس سبحان الملك القدوس سبحان الله الملك القدوس سبوح قدوس رب الملائكة والروح سبحان من تعزز بالقدرة والبقاء وقهر العباد بالموت والفناء سبحان ربك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام علي المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين
 
All these supplications are recited loudly by all who perform the prayers.
 
At the end, the following dua is recited:
 
"Allahumuma inni a`uzu bi rizaka min sakhatika wa bi mu`afatika min `uqubatika wa bika minka la uhsi sanaan `alaika anta kama asnayta `ala nafsika."
 
اللهم اني اعوذ برضاك من سخطك وبمعافاتك من عقوبتك وبك منك لا احصي ثناء عليك أنت كما أثنيت علي نفسك
 

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