Can you pray ‘Esha after Taraweh?

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Questioner: If someone comes to pray Salat Al-‘Esha and finds the people praying so he starts to pray with them. Then, he realizes that they’re praying Taraweh, so he finishes the prayer with them and then prays ‘Esha. Is it permissible to pray ‘Esha after Taraweh? Likewise, is it permissible to pray Taraweh before Esha?

Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Bin Baaz (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy on him) answered: Whatever the case may be, the Sunnah is for Taraweh to be after ‘Esha. So standing for prayer in Ramadan, i.e. Taraweh, is after ‘Esha however it is supererogatory; therefore, this person’s Salah with them (i.e., Taraweh) before ‘Esha is considered a supererogatory prayer between the two night prayers (Maghrib and ‘Esha). Praying between the two night prayers is permissible but it is not the standing that is known in Ramadan, that standing is after ‘Esha. Him praying ‘Esha after Taraweh is acceptable, but it is better and more preferable to start with the obligatory then pray Taraweh with them. This is what is necessary so that he is able to uphold the Sunnah as well as performing is obligatory prayer.

Even if he prayed with them (in Taraweh) with the intention of ‘Esha and when the Imam makes Tasleem (completion of the Salah by saying “As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa RahmatuAllah” to the right and then the left) from Taraweh he stands and competes ‘Esha, this too is permissible. Even if the Imam is praying the first two with the intention of Taraweh and he has the intention of ‘Esha, then when the Imam makes Tasleem he stands and completes his ‘Esha, this is permissible for him.

In conclusion, there is no problem in what he did InshaAllah; his ‘Esha is correct and his Taraweh is correct, but it (his Taraweh) is considered supererogatory and not the Taraweh that is well known in Ramadan. The standing in Ramadan is after ‘Esha and he prayed before ‘Esha, so it is from the supererogartory prayers that are recommended between Maghrib and ‘Esha.


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With that I conclude by sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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