As-salam Alaikum waramotullai, wa barakatuh
We praise Allah for being part of those who will observe this Ramadan. Many had wished to observe this month, but they have not got the grace to be alive today while many others have also not got the wherewithal to observe it. Alhamdullilah.
A good way to start your ibadaah is by adhering to your earlier plan to make the best out of the month in terms of worship. But if you have not clearly mapped out plans, then the very good way to start is to earmark four to five hours of you day to Quran recitation, attending tafsir and doing zhikr. Again, about the same four to five hours of your night for tahjud and sahoor. You can then manage the remaining 14 to 16 hours for your daily activities, regular salat, Tarawih and sleep.
One of the important part of the daily ibadaah this month is the Tarawih, it is part of Ramadan, endeavour not to miss it.
Tarawih prayers are prayed in pairs of two and can be prayed in at least 10 rak’ah. While some schools say the prayers should be 20, some say 8 while some put it at 36. Without concerning ourselves with the details of these schools, suffice to say that Tarawih is a supererogatory prayers that is offered after Salat Isha’ aduring Ramadan.
Like in all other supererogatory prayers, Tarawih is meant to make up for our less perfect obligatory prayers in the month of Ramadan. Scholars say the essence is to make every part of our prayers become perfect, just like we were taught how to fast without blemish. Our prayers are so important that it shall be our first account to be rendered before Allah. In an authentic hadith reported by Imam At-Tirmithi, Abu-Dawud, An-Nisai and others, the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said: “The first of his actions for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the day of resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; and if they were faulty, then he would have failed.
Bukhari and Muslim reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “Whoever offers optional prayers like Tarawih prayers throughout the nights of Ramadan, believing in Allah and seeking His rewards, his previous sins will be forgiven.”
Tarawih can be performed individually at home or at the mosque.
If for some reason you cannot go to the mosque, you can pray Tarawih at home.
But it is better to observe Tarawih in the mosque behind Imam in congregation. All ibadah in the month of Ramadan are huge in their rewards and great before Allah. Tarawih is one of them.