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..pray with imaam until he finishes witr..

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

..Ask the People of Knowledge If you do not know. 6:43



..pray with imaam until he finishes witr..

It has been observed that some people pray complete Taraweeh with the Imaam but as soon as the Imaam gets up for Witr, they leave the Masjid. They think that they will not be able to pray Nafil Salaah at the later part of the night as Witr should be the last prayer and furthermore it is not permissible to pray two Witr in one night..But by not completing with Imam, they are missing a great reward concerning which Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said : “Whoever prays qiyaam with the Imaam until he finishes, will be recorded as having spent the whole night in prayer.” Al-Tirmidhi (806), classed as Sahih by Imaam Al-Albaani [rahimahullaah] in Sahih Al-Tirmidhi

So in order to achieve the above mentioned reward there are two ways


Shaykh Ibn Baaz [rahimahullaah] was asked : Some people, when they offer Witr with the Imam and he says Taslim (salutation of peace ending the Prayer), they get up and add another Rak‘ah (unit of Prayer), because they want to offer Witr later at night. What is the ruling on this action? Are they considered to have prayed with the Imam until he finished?

He replied : We do not know of any opinion on the part of the scholars objecting to doing so. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with this, so that one can pray Witr at the end of the night.

Anyone who does so is considered to have prayed with the Imam until he finished, because they continued to pray with him until he concluded the Salah, and added another Rak‘ah for a Shar‘y (Islamic legal) reason, which is to offer Witr later in the night. There is nothing wrong with this, and it does not exclude them from having offered Qiyam (optional Prayer at night) with the Imam until he finished. Rather, they prayed with the Imam until he finished, but they did not finish with him – they delayed it a little longer. End quote. Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz [http://goo.gl/83Oi9]

So, one may stay with Imaam until he finishes Witr and if he desire to pray more Nafil Salaah at home then he will add one more rak’ah after the Imaam finishes Witr, returning home he will pray Witr after Nafil Salaah before Fajr. It is to be noted that he will recite tashahhud and durood even in the last rak’ah with the imaam without Taslim


There is a fatwa by Shaykh Ibn Baaz along with other Scholars from the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta of Saudi Arabia on the permissibility of offering two Rak`ahs (unit of Prayer) after Witr based on some ahadith including the one which is related by Imam Ahmad [rahimahullaah] on the authority of Um Salamah (radi allahu anha) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to offer two Rak`ahs after praying the Witr while he was sitting. [http://goo.gl/JQVQY]

conclusion : one may adopt any of the two position although we see the second position to be more stronger or if one wish not to pray any Nafil Salaah at home then upon him is to finish Witr with Imaam and Insha’Allaah it will be recorded as he have spent the whole night in prayer according to hadith mentioned in the beginning.

For Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] fatwaon this subject please visit [http://goo.gl/BEVm2]

Abu Mariyah Junaid Bin Munawar Bin Ali Al-Hindi


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