Tarawih: Standing Study of the Quran
Ramadan is the month of the Quran. The Quran is especially read by Muslims during this month. The tarawih prayer at night is conducted throughout the month during which passages from the Quran are recited. The main purpose of this is to contemplate on the verses of the Quran while reciting them in prayer. Since many people read tarawih prayers together behind an imam, it is a kind of collective contemplation of the Quran while standing in prayer. When one saves oneself from distractions and concentrates on studying the Quran, new aspects of its verses become clear. People should read beforehand those passages which are to be recited during tarawih and then discuss among themselves the lesson learnt after the prayer is over. Tarawih is thus standing study of the Quran.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan