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Can we pray 3 rakat witr or should it be 1 raka?

Asalamualaykum. i would know can we pray 3 rakat witr or it should be 1 raka?


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Dear brother, The witr prayer is one that the Prophet (pbuh) practiced and which he encouraged others to practice. As such, praying witr comes under as-sunnah al-mu'akkadah.

Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 2.13
  • It is permissible to perform the witr by praying two rak'at [and concluding them] and then praying one rak'ah with a tashahud and taslim. Ie after every two-rakahs, one would sit and recite a ‘tashahud’ and a set of ‘tasleems’. After one finishes even number of rakahs, one would get up and offer only one single rakah (of witr), and conclude it with tashud and set of tasleem.
  • Likewise, it is allowed to pray all the rak'at with two tashahuds and one taslim.
  • One may pray a number of rak'at, one after another, without making any tashahud, save in the one before the last rak'ah in which case one makes the tashahud and then stands to perform the last rak'ah wherein one will make another tashahud and end the prayer with the taslim.
  • One may also make only one tashahud and the taslim, in the last rak'ah of witr. All of that is permissible and can be traced to the Prophet.
at-Tirmizhi says: "It has been related from the Prophet that he would perform the witr prayer with thirteen, nine, seven, five, three rak'at or one rak'ah."

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar : The Prophet said, "Night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed by two Rakat and so on, and if you want to finish it, pray only one Raka which will be Witr for all the previous Rakat." Al-Qasim said, "Since we attained the age of puberty we have seen some people offering a three-Rakat prayer as Witr and all that is permissible. I hope there will be no harm in it." Sahih Al-Bukhari[Volume 2, Book 16, Number 107] And Allah alone knows the best.

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