How to Cope through Taraweeh Prayers
by Musa Bukhari
As we enter the last 10 nights of Ramadan, it’s important that we try and make the most out of these blessed nights. One aspect that makes Ramadan so unique are the Taraweeh prayers. These prayers are a special part of Ramadan. It is here that Muslims pray in congregation, as the imam recites a portion of the Quran daily until its completion during the end of Ramadan. It can however, sometimes become strenuous when standing in prayer for over an hour every night after fasting for over 18 hours a day. It is therefore, imperative that we prepare for this with some tips that will help make the experience more enjoyable as much as it is spiritually rewarding.
1. Make your intention clear
Like with most things in life, it is always important to clarify your intention and when you find yourself struggling, to renew your intentions. Use this experience as an opportunity, a means to come closer to Allah and ponder over the Quran.
2. Take a small nap
During the day, it is encouraged to take a nap post dhuhr, but as most people work, this is not always feasible. Try to sleep for a short period of time just after Asr, before iftar. We are often awake during the nights of Ramadan, as we try to seek Laylat al Qadr, so sleeping for a short period will give you the boost you need to excel in your ibadah.
3. Make a dua list
During the prayers, you have the perfect opportunity to make dua during sujood. This will give you the increased determination to make the prayers, if you know you can use the time to ask Allah for what you really want. It is a sacred and special place between you and Allah. Treasure it.
Abu Huraira (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The servant is nearest to his Lord during prostration, so increase your supplications therein.” [Muslim]
4. Eat healthy and stay hydrated
It is very important to eat healthy during your iftar. Consuming foods that have been fried will leave you feeling fatigued during your prayer. Make sure you bring a bottle of water with you to the masjid so you can keep cool, as the large congregation can get very hot.
5. Read the translation of the Quran
Before you attend the Taraweeh prayers, try to read the translation of the Quran of the ayat (verses) the Imam will recite, beforehand. This will intensify your experience and increase your concentration as you engage with the words being recited.
6. Attend with a friend/family member
Take someone with you to the masjid, be it a friend or family member and realise the rewards you can obtain. This will help, as you will have someone with you giving you a sense of security and safety in numbers. This will also help ease the traffic congestion post-prayers, and the less cars on the road means it is better for the environment. Not only will you get the reward of taking someone to the House of Allah,but you will also be completing a Sunnah of performing the prayers.
Try your best to keep up with these tips to attain maximum benefits and rewards out of the Taraweah prayers. Keep positive and know that preparing beforehand will impact your concentration in the prayer more effectively.