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Taraveeh: Spirit of Ramadan (Part 1)
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- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Taraveeh prayers are prayed in pairs of two and can be prayed in at least 20 raka‘āt according to the two major schools (Hanafis, Shafi'i) of islam. Some Hanbalis say it is 8 while others say it is 20. Malikis say that it is 36 while the Ahl al-Hadeeth say it is 8. Due to varying numbers, the number of prayers performed is broad in scope. This prayer is performed only during Ramadan of the Islamic calendar after Salāt of Isha'a. Muslims believe it is customary to attempt a khatm "complete recitation" of the Qur'an in Ramadan by reciting at least one juz' per night in tarawih. If someone does not know how to read Qur'an or cannot read it very well, they may recite salāt that they know. Taraveeh prayers can therefore be considered optional, not mandatory.