Praise be to Allaah.
Dhikr is a kind of worship, and the basic principle
concerning acts of worship is that they are not allowed unless there is
evidence to indicate that they are obligatory or mustahabb. It is not
permissible to invent a dhikr to be done with an act of worship or before
or after it. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
prayed qiyaam with his Companions at night, and the Sahaabah prayed qiyaam
individually and in congregation, during his lifetime and after his death,
and there is no report that they remembered Allaah by reciting a specific
du’aa’ after each tasleem. The scholars did not narrate any report of a
dhikr recited in unison between each two rak’ahs of taraaweeh by the
Sahaabah or those who came after them. This indicates that that did not
happen, because the scholars used to narrate that which was more hidden
and subtle than this outward, obvious matter. The best of guidance is in
following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and
following his companions in matters of worship, by doing what they did and
avoiding what they avoided.
But there is nothing wrong with a worshipper supplicating
Allaah (du’aa’) or reciting Qur’aan, or remembering his Lord (dhikr),
without singling out specific verses or soorahs or dhikrs to be recited
between the rak’ahs, and without that being recited in unison, led by an
imam or anyone else, because that is not narrated in sharee’ah. The basic
principle is to accept what is narrated in sharee’ah concerning acts of
worship, how often they are done, how they are done, when they are done,
where they are done, the reason why they are done and the way in which they
Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Abdari ibn al-Haaj said in his book
al-Madkhal: Chapter on Dhikr after each two rak'ahs of Taraaweeh
He – the imam – should avoid what has been innovated of
reciting dhikr after each two rak’ahs of Taraaweeh prayer and raising the
voice in that, and reciting it in unison. All of that is bid’ah. It is also
forbidden for the muezzin to say after the dhikr following each two rak’ahs
of taraaweeh, “Al-salaah yarhamukum Allaah (Prayer, may Allaah have
mercy on you),” because this is also an innovation and innovation in
religion is forbidden. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then the four caliphs who came
after him, then the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all), and it
is not narrated that any of the salaf did that, and we should be content
with what was sufficient for them.
Al-Madkhal, 2/293, 294.
For more information please see questions no.
And Allaah knows best.