Are there any sound/authentic narrations which confirm that even during the Caliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Uthman (radiyallahu ‘anhu) the number of rak’ahs in Tarawih were twenty?
‘Allamah ‘Ayni (rahimahullah) has stated that Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded the following authentic narration:
Sayyiduna Saib ibn Yazid (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:
“The Sahabah had performed twenty rak’ahs during the reign of Sayyiduna ‘Umar, Sayyiduna ‘Uthman and Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhum)”
(‘Umdatul Qari, under Hadith: 731, vol. 4 pg. 372)
See here for a detailed analysis on this topic as well as further details regarding other Muhaddithun who have authenticated similar narrations.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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