You’ve probably been to a Masjid where the Imams read the Taraweeh prayers quickly but you’ve probably never seen anything like this:
As you can see in the video above, they pray Taraweeh really fast. It has become a tradition at a boarding school in Blitar, East Java (Indonesia) to pray Taraweeh and Witr in around 15 minutes.
Watching this video has reminded me of the following hadith:
Once the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) entered the mosque, a man came in, offered the prayer and greeted the Prophet. The Prophet returned his greeting and said to him, “Go back and pray again for you have not prayed.” The man offered the prayer again, came back and greeted the Prophet. He said to him thrice, “Go back and pray again for you have not prayed.” The man said, “By Him Who has sent you with the truth! I do not know a better way of praying. Kindly teach me how to pray.”
He said, “When you stand for the prayer, say Takbir and then recite from the Qur’an what you know and then bow with calmness till you feel at ease, then rise from bowing till you stand straight. Afterwards prostrate calmly till you feel at ease and then raise (your head) and sit with calmness till you feel at ease and then prostrate with calmness till you feel at ease in prostration and do the same in the whole of your prayer.” (Sahih Bukhari)
When we pray, we should pray calmly with contemplation and not simply rush to finish it. May Allah guide us all and allow us to gain Khushu’ in our prayers.