Many think that reciting the Qur’an is just during the day when fasting, however the Prophet (saw) would meet Jibreel (as) in the night. So, try to read some Qur’an at night too.
Also, remember that if you can, even if it’s only 5 minutes, pray more after tarawih prayer. A person may pray tarawih, go home and miss out on the blessed last third of the night.
Finally, do some istighfar in the time just before Fajr as this was the practice of the Sahaaba and the righteous of the past.
3 of the 4 Imams said 20 is Sunnah.
Imam Maalik (rh) said 33 is Sunnah.
Others said more.
Hanbalis generally say 20.
How do we explain this?
The Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) was 11 rak’ah which was related by A’aisha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari. However, in another Hadith, which is Sahih, a Sahaabi asked the Prophet (saw) about the night prayer which he (saw) replied, it’s two by two and if you fear dawn complete it with one, to the nearest meaning.
Allah knows best.
So what do we do?
The Sunnah is to pray two by two as the Prophet (saw) mentioned for the night prayer. For this reason, some of the Salaf would pray 33, Imam Ahmad (rh) would generally pray 300 rak’ah per night.
The best approach is, as Imam Ahmad (rh) mentioned, pray with the Imam and stay with him until he leaves and you get the reward for praying the entire night and Allah knows best.
Many think that reciting the Qur’an is just during the day when fasting whereas the Prophet (saw) would meet Jibreel (as) in the night. So, try to read some Qur’an at night too.
Also, remember that if you can, even if it’s only 5 minutes, pray more after tarawih. A person may pray tarawih, go home and miss out on the blessed last third of the night.
Finally, do some istighfar in the time just before fajr as this was the practice of the Sahaabah and the righteous of the past.
A sheikh said:
If there are two imams in one mosque, should they be regarded as separate or is one the deputy of the other?
It seems that the second option is correct, that one of them is the deputy of the other and completes (the prayer) on his behalf. Based on this, if two imams pray in the mosque, then these two imams are to be regarded as if there are one imam, so a person should stay until the second imam finishes, because we know that the second one is completing the prayer of the first one.
Majma’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (14/207).
And Allaah knows best.
Imam Ahmad (rh) was asked if one could cry when on a full stomach and he replied he doesn’t think that’s possible. So try not to overeat so one can shed tears easily for Allah.
A scholar of the past saw a man crying in Salaah and he said, this man will be asked what he intended with his crying. A person should do as many good deeds in secret as possible especially things like crying otherwise who are they doing it for?
A scholar of the past mentioned that a person who sheds floods of tears in du’a in witr yet he struggles during the actual tarawih isn’t a good sign.