The Book of Prayer - كتاب الصلاة.


Identification of the Obligation

Topic/Issue:1001 - Witar
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
Imam Abu HanifaWajibHadith of Amr ibn Shuayb and hadith of ibn Hudhafah and that of Burayda al-Aslami
For these scholars the strength of the traditions, which imply an addition over five prayers, reached a level where it was obligatory to act according to them deemed it to abide by the addition, especially those who held that an addition does not imply abrogation.
Imam Malik,Imam ShafiNot ObligatoryAn addition (over the five daily prayers) amounts to an abrogation and these traditions (about witr) don't reach a level of authencity sufficient to abrogate the widely known and established tradtions [that confine the obligation to five), preferred them (the latter). Further, the limitation of five is established by the tradition of in the words of the Exalted "My decree is not altered", which apparently imply that nothing is to be increased, though they convey stronger probability of decrease. And what is revealed as an affirmative sentence (not a command) is not subject to abrogation.
Evidences :Hadith of Amr ibn Shuayb, 2 - Sunan Abi Dawud [# 1413], Hadith of Burayda al-Aslami, 4 - Sahih Bukhari [# 346] [Hide/Show]
Tags :Worship, Salah, Prayer, Timings
Last Updated:2011-01-02

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