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12-09-2008 @ 2:19 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Mariam bint vicente (Bournemouth, United Kingdom)
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I know that witr prayer consits in a odd number of rakaas (1, 3, 5) but I perform them as any other Rakaahs.

Do you know if there is any difference with other rakaas, i particular when you perform just one rakaah? What is Qunut suplication? Is this done during the prayer of after?

Jazakallahu khairan

23-08-2009 @ 12:19 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Zakarriyah Wasim bin Nazam (Bradford)
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Wa'alykum aslaam!


In relation to Witr:

1He (Sallallaahu'alaihi wa salam) used to recite, "Glory the Name of Your Lord Most high," (al-A'laa 87:19)in the first rakah, "Say: O You who disbelieve" (Kaafiroon 109:6) in the second, and "Say: He is Allah the One and Only" (Ikhlaas 112:4) in the third.
(Nasaa'i & Hakeem, who declared it saheeh.)

2Sometimes he would add on to the last one, "Say I seek refuge with the Lord of Daybreak." (Falaq 113:5) and, "Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of Mankind" (Naas 114:6)
(Tirmidhi, Abdul'Abbas al-Asamm in his al-hadeeth(vol 2 no.117) & Haakim, who declared it saheeh and Dhahabi agreed.)

3Once, "He recited a hundred ayaat from soorah an-Nisaa'(4:176) in the third rakah."
(Nasaa'i & Ahmad with a saheeh isnaad.) (All above taken from The Prophets Prayer Described, by Shaikh Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albani,pg38)

Regarding Qunoot:

1"In the last rakah, He (Sallallahu'alaihi wa sallam) would raise his hands." (Ahmad & Tabaraani with a saheeh sanad. To raise the hands in qunoot is the madhab of Ahmad and also Ishaaq bin Raahawaih.)

2"He (Sallallahu'alaihi wa sallam) used to perform qunoot in the (odd) rakah of the Witr Prayer." (Ibn Nasr & Daaraqutni with a saheeh sanad.)

3Qunoot was done sometimes. (This was because the companions who narrated the Witr prayer did not mention the qunoot in it, whereas had the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) done so always, they would have all mentioned it. However, Ubayy ibn Ka'ab alone narrated the qunoot in Witr, so this shows that he used to do it sometimes. Hence, this is evidence that qunoot in Witr is not obligatory (Waajib), and this is the opinion of the majority of the scholars.)

4"He (Sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) would perform it before rukoo." (Ibn Abi Shaibah ~(12/41/1), Abu Daawood, Nasaa'i in Sunan al-Kubra (218/1-2), Ahmad, Tabaraani, Baihaqi & Ibn'Asaakir(4/244/2) narrated this, along with the supplication after it, with a saheeh sanad.)

5)He taught al;-Hasan ibn 'Ali(radi Allaahu'anhu) to say ( after his recitation in Witr):

"O Allah! guide me among those whom You have guided; and protect me with those You have protected, and befriend me with those You have befriended. Bless for me what You have given me, and protect me from the evil of what You have ordained. For indeed You ordain and no ordainment can overcome You. He whom You befriend will never be humiliated and he whom You take as an enemy will never be honored. Blessed are You, our Lord, and Exalted. There is no refuge from You except towards You." (Reported by Abu Dawood, An-Nasa'ee and others with an authentic chain of narration)

23-08-2009 @ 2:23 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Aboo Haaroon Husayn Ahmad ibn Jamal (West Palm Beach, FL USA)
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Assalaamu alaikum,

Inshaa-Allaah you'll find information on witr at:

"Question regarding the jamaa'ah behind the imam leading the Qunut'ul Witr"

24-08-2009 @ 6:20 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Zakarriyah Wasim bin Nazam (Bradford)
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Mash'allah the link above (mentioned by brother Abu Haroon)is very beneficial in understanding the qunoot in witr. A full explanation which will explain all questions you have on the subject, inshaallah.

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