The Book of Prayer - كتاب الصلاة.
Discussion of Witr Prayer
|Topic/Issue:||1901 - Description|
|Imam Malik||He preferred that it be offered
as three raktas of witr, separated with a salutation||Imam Malik relied on the argument that the Prophet (Gods
peace and blessings be upon him) never observed witr unless it followed an
even number (of rakas). He, therefore, held that this was the sunna of witr
and that the minimum in this is two rakas. Witr, in his view, may in fact be a
single raka preceded by an even number of rakas, or that witr, which is
prescribed has to include an even number along with it
This opinion is supported by the tradition of Abd Allah ibn Qays, which describes witr prayers as comprising an even number of rakas
and then an odd number.
|Imam Abu Hanifa||Witr consists of three raktas without any separation between them by means of
the salutation||Narration of Ibn Umar.
When one thing is compared with another
and the hukm of both is made the same, it is appropriate that the things
compared have the same description, thus, when maghrib is compared with the
witr of the prayers of the day and as maghrib consists of three it follows that
the witr of the night be also three.
|Imam Shafi||Witr is a single raka||Using the Narrations from Ibn Umar(RA) and of Aisha (RA)|
|Ibn Rushd||Comments on Imam Maliks opinion||It is also possible to say that it is not a condition for the witr to be
preceded by an even number of rakas. Muslim has recorded that the Prophet (Gods peace and
blessings be upon him) used to wake Aisha up for her witr prayer when he
had prayed up to the point of the witr. The apparent meaning of this is that
she used to observe witr without it having been preceded by an even number. He (Muslim) has also recorded a tradition from Aisha
|Evidences :||Hadith of Aisha, Hadith of Ibn Umar, Hadith of Aisha, Hadith of Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith of Abd Abdullah ibn Qays, Hadith of Ibn Umar, Hadith of Aisha [Hide/Show]|
|Tags :||Worship, Salah, Prayer, Witar, three, odd, single|
|Last Updated:||2011-01-22 |
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