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Witr Resembling the Maghrib Prayer by Shaykh Abdullaah alGhudyaan

July 25, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Question: In some of the masaajid here in America, an imaam may pray salaatul-witr with two (2) tashahhud like salaatul-Maghrib, as has been reported in the Hanafi madhab. Is there any daleel (evidence) for this and is it okay for me to follow the imaam if he prays in this manner?

Answer: The Messenger صلّى الله عليه وسلّم said: “Pray as you see me praying.”. [Bukhaaree] The description of the witr salaah performed by the Messenger صلّى الله عليه وسلّم as authentically narrated, is that an individual prays witr with: 1 rak`ah and 1 salaam, 3 raka`aat, 1 salaam and 1 sitting, 5 raka`aat without sitting except in the last rak`ah, 7 and sits in the last rak`ah or 9 and sits in the last rak`ah.

As for having two tashahhud as practiced in salaatul-Maghrib, then I do not know of the basis for this in the Legislation of Islaam. An individual must take the Messenger صلّى الله عليه وسلّم of Allaah as an example as I stated at the beginning of this response as he said “Pray as you see me praying.” The moderator then asked a follow-up question: Can a person pray witr behind the imaam if the imaam is always praying like this? Will this person get the reward of praying the whole night? The Shaykh answered: If the witr is the only thing remaining (i.e. all the other salaah has been completed) and the imaam prays it in this manner (resembling Maghrib with two (2) tashahhud), then the individual should separate himself from the imaam and pray the witr on his own. As for getting the reward of the whole night then it is hoped that he will get this reward as he only left the prayer due to a legislated reason.
Source: Newsletter

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