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How many rakaahs in Witr prayer?

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I have seen people pray 1 rakat witr for Isha prayer. Is this ok? Do we have to pray 3 rakat or can we pray just 1 rakat


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How many rakaahs in Witr prayer?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to pray the witr prayers in a number of two rakah formations, and then end the prayer with one or three rakah of witr. At times he (saws) prayed five two rakah formations, and then one witr; at times he prayed 4 two rakah formations and 3 rakahs of witr with only one tasleem; at times he prayed a five rakah combination together with only one tasleem, etc. But the Messenger of Allah (saws) never prayed one rakah of witr alone after the Isha or night prayer. He always preceded this one rakah with a two or more rakah formation.


Thus if one prays only one rakah after the Isha prayer as witr prayers, it would be incorrect. It is permissible to pray one rakah of witr, only if this one rakah is preceded by one or more two rakah combinations.


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