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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Praying after the Witr Prayer.

Q;How abt offering taraweeh behind imam but then preserving witr so that v can offer it after our tahajjud? I remember one hadith wherein prophet pbuh said that last prayer should be witr ....wat say? A;All-Praise is due to Allah, It is mustahabb for the last prayer that a Muslim prays at night to be Witr, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Make the last of your prayer at night Witr.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 998; Muslim, 751. This command from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is in the sense of it being mustahabb and preferable, not in the sense of it being obligatory and compulsory, because it was proven in Saheeh Muslim (738) from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray two rak’ahs after Witr whilst sitting down. Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The correct view is that he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performed these two rak’ahs after Witr sitting down, to demonstrate that it is permissible to pray after Witr, and to demonstrate that it is permissible to offer naafil prayers sitting down. He did not do that all the time, rather he did it once or twice or a few times. The well known regular Sunnah prayers mentioned in al-Saheehayn and elsewhere in reports from ‘Aa’ishah and from a number of the Sahaabah in al-Saheehayn state clearly that the last of the Prophet’s prayer at night was Witr. In al-Saheehayn there are many well-known ahaadeeth which enjoin making the last of one’s prayer at night Witr, such as “Make the last of your prayer at night Witr” and “Night prayers are two by two, and when you feel that dawn is approaching, pray one rak’ah”, etc. So how can anyone think, after reading these ahaadeeth and others, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) regularly prayed two rak’ahs after Witr and made that the end of his night prayers? Rather what it means, as we have stated above, is that it is permissible to do so. This is the correct answer. Shaykh Ibn Baaz also said, explaining the reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed two rak’ahs after Witr: The reason for that – and Allaah knows best – is to show to the people that it is permissible to pray after Witr. Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/339 (See Islam Q&A Fatwa: 37729) And Allah knows best...

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