“Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala has prescribed for you a Namaz/prayer (by which He may increase your reward), which is WITR; Allaah has ordered it for you during the time between ‘Isha’ prayer until dawn begins.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 425; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Meaning of Witr
‘Al-Witr’, the Arabic term, denotes an odd number (which cannot be divided by 2). In Islamic terminology it is used for the night prayer.
Ibn Umar Narrated that : Once a person asked Allah’s Apostle Prophet Mohammed ﷺ about the night prayer. Prophet Mohammed ﷺ replied, “The night prayer is offered as 2 Rakat followed by 2 Rakat and so on and if anyone is afraid of the approaching dawn (Fajr prayer) he should pray one Raka and this will be a Witr for all the Rakat which he has prayed before.” Nafi’ told that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar used to say Taslim between (the first) two Rakat and (the third) odd one in the Witr prayer, when he wanted to attend to a certain matter (during that interval between the Rakat). Volume 2, Book 16, Number 105
Isha prayer :
Narrated by ‘Aisha :
Allah’s Apostle Prophet Mohammed ﷺ offered Witr prayer at different nights at various hours extending (from the ‘Isha’ prayer) up to the last hour of the night. Volume 2, Book 16, Number 110
Narrated Ibn Umar (RA): Once a man asked Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) about Salat-ul-layl (i.e. night prayer/the Tahajjud prayer). Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) replied, “The Salat-ul-layl is offered as two raka’at followed by two raka’at (and so on), and if anyone is afraid of approaching dawn (Fajr) prayer, he should offer one raka’at and this will be the Witr for all the raka’at which he has offered before.”
(Hadith No. 990, Book of Witr, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2).
It was reported from Ibn Umar (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Make Witr as your last Salat at night.”
(Hadith No. 998, Book of Witr, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2; Hadith No. 1438, Book of Witr, Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 2).
Narrated by Muhammad bin Sirin :
Anas was asked, “Did the Prophet recite Qunut in the Fajr prayer?” Anas replied in the affirmative. He was further asked, “Did he recite Qunut before bowing?” Anas replied, “He recited Qunut after bowing for some time (for one month).”Volume 2, Book 16, Number 115
Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas
Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (his aunt). I slept across the bed while Allah’s Apostle Prophet Mohammed ﷺ and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat “Aal-Imran.” Allah’s Apostle went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two Rakat five times and then ended his prayer with Witr. He laid down till the Muadh-dhin came then he stood up and offered two Rakat (Sunna of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer. Volume 2, Book 16, Number 106
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