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The Methods Of Praying The Witr Prayer. by Taamas111 (m): 6:49pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Is the way of performing Witr according to
the Hanafis related from Sunnah or has it
some innovated things. Please mention the
proof of Hanafi Witr salah in regards of: -
That it is 3 rakat with 2 sittings - That in all
3 rakat there is a surah to be read after Al
Fatiha -That before qunut the hands must be
raised when saying Allahu Akbar after
completing the surah after al fatiha in the
3th rakat and then folded again. -That qunut
is to be made before ruku.

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

According to the Hanafi School of
jurisprudence, the Witr prayer is three
Rak'ahs with one Tasleem and with two
Tashahhuds. They provided evidence that the
Prophet used to perform the Witr
prayer with three Rak'ahs; this authentic
narration reads: "Then he performed the
Witr prayer without any interruption between
them" [Ahmad and An-Nasaa'i]
However, itdoes not suggest that he
performed the prayer with two Tashahhuds,
rather he ended the prayer with one
Salaam at the end of the three Rak'ahs. There
is no evidence for performing it like the
Maghrib prayer with two Tashahhud. On the
contrary there is evidence that it is disliked
to perform the Witr prayer like the Maghrib
prayer. The Prophet said: “ Do not
perform the Witr prayer with three Rak'ahs
and make it like the Maghrib prayer.” [Al-
Haakim]. Therefore, this narration is
evidence that it is disliked to perform the
Witr prayer like the Maghreb prayer with
three Rak'ahs and with two Tashahhuds.

As regards reciting a chapter after the Al-
Faatihah, in the three Rak'ahs, then there is
an authentic narration about this. Ubay Ibn
Ka'b , may Allah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet used to
perform the Witr prayer three Rak'ahs, and
would recite after Al-Faatihah in the first
Rak'ah chapter 87, chapter 109 in the second
Rak'ah, and chapter 112 in the third Rak'ah .
With regard to your question about the
obligation of raising the hands while saying
the Qunoot supplication, then we have not
come across a statement from the Hanafi
School of jurisprudence about this, rather
they stated that it is only recommended.
Furthermore, there is no evidence about the
Takbeer after finishing the recitation of
Quran and before the Qunoot supplication.
What is even more strange is that they
[Hanafi School] are of the view that it is an
obligation to prostrate for forgetfulness if
one forgets this Takbeer.

Allah Knows best.


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