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Is 1 rakah witr reward equal to 3 rakah witr reward?


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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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.

Dear brother, praying of one rakah or three rakahs witr are both established sunnah of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh), so a believer can follow either of the way and if one follows the prophet (pbuh) then rest assured that one will be rewarded by the merciful lord with the abundance.

Dear brother, It is permissible to perform the witr by praying two rakah [and concluding them] and then praying one rakah 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 rakah with two tashahuds and one taslim. One may pray a number of rakah, one after another, without making any tashahud, save in the one before the last rakah in which case one makes the tashahud and then stands to perform the last rakah 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 rakah of witr. All of that is permissible and can be traced to the Prophet. And to the best of my knowledge there is nothing in the established sunnah that would say “praying of one rakah witr” is greater in reward than “ praying three rakah witr” or vice versa. Thus we should strive to follow the sunnah of the blessed prophet(pbuh) and allah will surely reward in the abundance. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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