f:513 - Offering Salaat Ul Witr behind a Shafaee Imam
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|Question: Can we offer Witr Salaat behind a Shafa'ee Imam?|
|Answer: As per Fiqh Hanafi, Witr is offered as 3 Raka'at. |
This is clearly established by the Hadith of Sihah Sittah (the 6 most rigorously-authenticated books of Hadith) and other canons of Hadith. The routine of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) about Salaat Ul Witr is mentioned in Jame’ Tirmidhi:
Translation of Hadith: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with him), he said that: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would perform 3 Raka’at of Witr. (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Pg No: 106)
There is a Hadith in Sunan Dara Qutni:
Translation of Hadith: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Mas’ud (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: The Salaat offered in the night (after Salaat Ul Isha), Witr, has 3 Raka’at, the way the Wtir of the day, Maghrib has 3 Raka’at. (Sunan Dara Qutni, Hadith No: 1672)
As per Fiqh Shafa'i, the Salaat is ended at 2 Raka'at, then again 1 Raka'at is offered. Thus, for those who follow Fiqh Hanafi, Witr behind a Shafa'i Imam is not correct. They should offer Salaat Ul Witr separately.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]