Tarāwīh Ṣalāh Time
Someone recently told me that in the opinion of some Ḥanafī scholars it is permissible to perform the Tarāwīḥ prayer before the time of ‘Isha begins. Is this true?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This is not true. The time of Ṭarāwīḥ Ṣalāh is after performing ʿIshā Ṣalāh, as mentioned by the vast majority of Ḥanafī jurists. (See al-Hidāyah and al-Bināyah, 2: 555; Fatḥ al-Qadīr, 1: 469; Badāʾiʿ al-Ṣanāʾiʿ, 1: 288; al-Muḥīṭ al-Burhānī, 1: 458; Tuḥfat al-Mulūk, 1: 81; Tabyīn al-Ḥaqāʾiq, 1: 178; Ḥāshiyah al-Ṭaḥṭāwī, 1: 413; Radd al-Muḥtār, 2: 44).
Some Ḥanafī scholars are of the view that the time of Tarāwīḥ Ṣalāh begins as soon as the time for ʿIshā Ṣalah begins. (See al-Muḥīṭ al-Burhānī, 1: 458; Tabyīn al-Ḥaqāʾiq, 1: 178; Ḥāshiyah al-Ṭaḥṭāwī, 1: 413; Radd al-Muḥtār, 2: 44).
However, we have not come across any Ḥanafī scholar who has permitted Ṭarāwīḥ Ṣalāh before the time of ʿIshā Ṣalāh has begun.
Allah knows best
25 Jumādā al-Thāniyah 1437 / 3 April 2016
Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad Sahib