Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
It is not correct to pray less than 20 rakats in tarawih. It is a salafi practice that others have adopted, as it is easier on the nafs. However, it has little basis in traditional Islamic scholarship. You can find a couple of detailed articles on the topic if you go to the Miscellaneous Articles section of Sidi Mas'ud Khan's excellent web page (http://www.masud.co.uk)
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