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Witr Prayer

Sahih Bukhari

by Imam Bukhari, translation by M. Muhsin Khan
105. Narrated Ibn `Umar
Once a person asked Allah's Apostle about the night prayer. Allah's Apostle replied, "The night prayer is offered as two rak`at followed by two rak`at and so on and if anyone is afraid of the approaching dawn (Fajr prayer) he should pray one rak`a and this will be a witr for all the rak`at which he has prayed before." Nafi` told that `Abdullah bin `Umar used to say Taslim between (the first) two rak`at and (the third) odd one in the witr prayer, when he wanted to attend to a certain matter (during that interval between the rak`at).
106. Narrated Ibn `Abbas
Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (his aunt). I slept across the bed while Allah's Apostle and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat "Al-`Imran." Allah's Apostle went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two rak`at five times and then ended his prayer with witr. He laid down till the Mu'adh-dhin came then he stood up and offered two rak`at (Sunna of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer. (See Hadith No. 183, Vol. 1)
107. Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar
The Prophet said, "Night prayer is offered as two rak`at followed by two rak`at and so on, and if you want to finish it, pray only one rak`a which will be witr for all the previous rak`at." Al-Qasim said, "Since we attained the age of puberty we have seen some people offering a three-rak`at prayer as witr and all that is permissible. I hope there will be no harm in it."
108. Narrated `Aisha
Allah's Apostle used to pray eleven rak`at at night and that was his night prayer and each of his prostrations lasted for a period enough for one of you to recite fifty verses before Allah's Apostle raised his head. He also used to pray two rak`at (Sunna) before the (compulsory) Fajr prayer and then lie down on his right side till the Mu'adh-dhin came to him for the prayer.
109. Narrated Anas bin Seereen
I asked Ibn `Umar, "What is your opinion about the two rak`at before the Fajr (compulsory) prayer, as to prolonging the recitation in them?" He said, "The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to pray at night two rak`at followed by two and so on, and end the prayer by one rak`a witr. He used to offer two rak`at before the Fajr prayer immediately after the Adhan." (Hammad, the sub-narrator said, "That meant (that he prayed) quickly.)"
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Friday Prayer
Fear Prayer
The Two Festivals (Eids)
Witr Prayer
Invoking Allah for Rain (Istisqaa)
Prostration During Recital of Qur'an
Shortening the Prayers (At-Taqseer)
Prayer at Night (Tahajjud)
Actions while Praying
Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz)
Obligatory Charity Tax (Zakat)
Obligatory Charity Tax After Ramadaan (Zakat ul Fitr)
Pilgrimmage (Hajj)
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