Number of rakaats in Taraweeh salaah

Q: I would like to enquire whether reading 20 rakaats of taraweeh is sunnah... I have recently heard someone say that Nabi صلا الله عليه وسلم read 8 rakaats in the musjid and 12 rakaats at home. Is this true?

Also, this person has said that the number of rakaats of taraweeh was not fixed and at one time in Makkah 30 rakaats were read. Could Mufti Saheb please clarify and include some ahaadith that I could use as proof.

A: Yes.

Ask him to refer to I'laaus Sunan.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)