WITR

Assalamu alaikum, dearies.

It will be the 1st of last month of the Islamic calendar tomorrow in sha Allah. It is auspicious time for Muslims and we are advised to fast during these days. Eid-l-Adha (10th Dhul Hijj 1436) is most likely to fall on the 24th September, 2015 in sha Allah. Here is an old post on 10days.

And the post on Witr as promised…

Witr is an odd-numbered prayer whose time range is the same as for Tahajjud.

It is supposed to be the last prayer of the night so it can be made just after ‘Isha if you are unlikely to wake up for night prayer or after Tahajjud (night prayer). It can be tahajjud if prayed singly or it can be made after a couple of rakats of Tahajjud.
cupped hands in prayer
It is recommended to recite after Suratul Fatihah, the following surahs: Surah-al ‘Ala (Qur’an 87) in the first rakah, Surah al-Kafirun (Qur’an 109) in the second then Surah al-Ahad (Ikhlas), Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Nas (Qur’an 112-114) in the third rakah. However, any part of the Qur’an can be recited.

The Qunut is a special du’a oft-recited during Witr while standing, before or after the last ruku’ (bowing). Here is a transliteration:

Allahumma ‘hdini fiman hadayt; wa afini fiman afayt; wa tawallani fiman tawallayt; wa baarik li fiman aatayt; wa qiini sharra ma qadayt. Fa’innaka taqdi wala yuqda alaik. ‘Innahu laa yadhillu man wa alayt, wa la yaizzu man adayt. Tabarakta Rabbana wa ta alayt.

‘O Allah, guide me along with those whom You have guided, strengthen me with those whom You have strengthened, be an ally to me along with those whom You are an ally to and bless for me that which You have bestowed. Protect me from the evil You have decreed for verily You decree and none can decree over You. For surety, he whom You show allegiance to is never abased and he whom You take as an enemy is never taste glory. You are blessed, our Lord, and Exalted.’

After the Witr, say:
Subhaanal malkil quddus, Subhaanal malkil quddus, Subhaanal malkil quddus, Rabbul malaaikati waruh. (Glory be to the Master, the Holy 3x, Lord of the angels and the Ruh (Jibril).

Ask Allah for His forgiveness and make the supplications you desire. If you have a du’a list from Ramadan, you can use that too.
You may conclude your prayers and return to bed or wait for Fajr and make the recommended two rakahs before Fajr.

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated: I once stayed over at the house of (my aunt ) Maimuna while the Prophet (SAW) was with her, to see how was the night prayer of Allah’s Messenger (SAW) …When it was the last third of the night (or part of it), the Prophet (SAW) got up and looked towards the sky and recited the Verse: ‘Verily! In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth….there are indeed signs for the men of understanding.’ (Qur’an 3:190) Then He got up and performed the ablution, brushed his teeth and offered eleven rakat. Then Bilal pronounced the Adhan whereupon the Prophet (SAW) offered a two-rakat (Sunna) prayer and went out to lead the people in Fajr. – Sahih al-Bukhari Book 97, Hadith 78

May our ibadah never be in vain.

Sources: Fiqh us Sunnah Volume 2 and Fortress of the Believer.

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