Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
What is the Shafii way? The Shafiis agree with the Hanafis, Hanbalis, and Malikis that tarawih is 20 rakats. Many great scholars consider there to be scholarly consensus (ijma`) of the Companions regarding this. (Listen to the audio answer in the Files section at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hanafi)
You don't have to pray all 20 at once, however: you can split it over your night, as long as you get it done.
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Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on him) said, "Fiqh is to know one's self: what is for it and against it."
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