Praying Witr As One Rak’ah, By Ibn Hajar

Ibn Hajar said:

“It is authentically reported that a number of the Companions prayed one rak’ah for witr, without praying any nafl prior to it. It is recorded in Muhammad Ibn Nasr’s book and others, with an authentic isnaad from As-Saa’ib Ibn Yazeed, that ‘Uthmaan recited Quraan one night in just one rak’ah; and he did not pray anything else.

We will also cite in the chapter of Al-Maghaazee the report of ‘Abdullaah Ibn Tha’labah that Sa’d prayed one rak’ah for witr, and in al-Manaaqib the report that Mu’aawiyah prayed one rak’ah for witr, which was approved by Ibn ‘Abbaas.”

[Fath Al-Baaree]

As for praying witr three rak’ah and giving salam after two, then standing up to pray the last rak’ah, then this was done by Ibn ‘Umar as is recorded in Saheeh Bukhari.


4 Responses to “Praying Witr As One Rak’ah, By Ibn Hajar”

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    Could you explain to me what is the difference between the shafa (even rakats) and the witr?

    So if aftet isha and the two sunnah do we need to pray another 2 rakats and then the witr.

    Also when we are praying eg 3 witr or 5 and we break them upby 2’s then 1 are they all witr or is the 1 just witr and the 2s the even rakats.

    JazkAllaumma khayran wa BarakAllaahu feekum.

    • Assalaamu alaykum,

      1) After the two sunnah of isha, you do not need to pray another two rakahs and then the witr.
      2) If you pray your witr as 3 or 5 rakah’s with a break after every two rakahs, then only the last one rakah is the witr.

      InshaaAllaah this clarifies it…

      • JazkAllaumma khayran.
        Sorry I don’t understand, so when praying the 3 rakats for witr if the 2 Before it is not witr what is it? So why do scholars say 3 witr
        BarakAllahu feek

      • JazkAllaumma khayran,
        Sorry in dont understand, so if praying 3 witr the 2 are nkt witr and only the 1 is what would the two before it be the qiymaah layl or the even rakats.
        As in the hadeeth etc it says the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam prayed 3 witr 5 witr etc some say He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam separate it and some he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn’t.

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