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The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain


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An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown, Cape Town, was now so foreign to me in the desert city of Madinah.

I rushed out onto the balcony to admire the rainfall. As I stood, witnessing Allah’s answer to the prayers of the community, a strange sight caught my eye down below. A man, instead of running for cover, walked calmly to and into his building. He reappeared shortly carrying a chair. Still in a state of composure, he placed the chair out in the pouring rain and just sat down! He appeared to be enjoying the sensation of the raindrops falling on his skin. I was intrigued.

Back home, many people become grumpy at the first sign of rain or run frantically from it when it catches them unawares. I just kept staring. I then made an intention to find out more about what I had witnessed and soon discovered that spending time in the rain was a practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and His Companions (may Allah honour them), based on these findings:

It is Sunnah (A practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to stand in the rain and to expose a portion of your body to it.

Its narrated by Imaam Muslim in his authentic compilation from the hadith of Anas, He said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) unveiled his garment (from a part of his body) until the rain fell on him. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.

And Haakim in his book Al-Mustadrak narrates this hadith with the following words: “When the rain came down from the heavens He (The Prophet May peace be upon him) used to remove his garment from his back until the rain fell on it (his back).”

The scholars have taken proof from this hadith that it is Sunnah (recommended) to expose your body and clothing to the falling rain. Out of happiness that Allah is sending down his blessing and moreover rejoicing that its falling down on us.

And the meaning of the phrase: “Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.” is mentioned in the explanation of Sahih Muslim of Imaam Nawawiy by saying: That the rainfall is a mercy which Allah has just created, therefore use it as a blessing.

Imaam Ashafi’ee mentions in his book Al-Umm: It is narrated by Ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): That the rain fell from the heavens so he told his servant to bring out his mattress and saddle so that the rain may fall on it. Abu Jawzaa’ then asked Ibn Abbas: Why are you doing that, may Allah have mercy on you? He (Ibn Abbas) then said: Do you not read the book of Allah:

“And we have sent down from the heavens water that is blessed” [Surah 50, Verse 9]

Therefore I would like the blessing to fall (incur) on it.

Scholars of jurisprudence have mention the following regarding standing in the rain:

1. The Sunnah of exposing oneself to the rain can be obtained by unveiling any portion of one’s body no matter how small the portion may be like one’s head or arms.

2. One should not expose one’s Awrah.

3. It is recommended by some scholars to take Wudu (ablution) and Ghusl (wash) from the rainfall. And they based their deduction on the following Hadith: It is narrated from the Prophet (may peace be upon him) that when stream used to flow he (Prophet) would say: “Leave with us to that which Allah has made pure so that we may purify ourselves from it and praise Allah most exalted.”

Imaam Al bayhaqee states that this is a narration from Umar (may Allah honour him) and not from the Prophet (may peace be upon him).

Imaam Nawawiy also mentions in Al-Majmoo’ that: “Its recommended that when the gorge flows (with rain water) to perform wudu (ablution) and ghusl (washing) from it. And if he or she is not able to do both then at least to perform wudu (ablution) from it.

And Allah knows best.

–Written by Khalid Abduroaf

Get your past sins forgiven!


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Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) observed Saum (fasting) on the day of `Ashura’ and commanded us to fast on this day. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: `Ashoora’ 10th of Muharram. In another Hadith, it is stated that when the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) emigrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah, he saw that the Jews were fasting on this day. He asked them why they did this on that day, and they told him that they did it for the reason that Allah granted Prophet Musa emancipation from Pharaoh on this day, and so they observed Saum in token of their joy. On this, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said that in this happiness of Prophet Musa, Muslims have a greater right to observe Saum than the Jews. Consequently, he also observed Saum on 10th of Muharram. Then, he said that if he lived the following year, he would observe Saum on 9th of Muharram also so that they would make themselves different from the Jews. According to another Hadith, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) ordained the Muslims to observe Saum on `Ashura’ and in addition one more Saum on 9th or 11th of Muharram in opposition to the Jews.

(Musnad Ahmad, Vol.4, P-21, edited by Ahmad Shakir; and Mujamma` Az-Zawaid, Vol.3, P-188).

Thus observance of two Saum on this occasion is a Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). These two Saum can be observed either on 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram.

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about observing As-Saum (the fast) on the tenth day of Muharram, and he replied, “It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year.” [Muslim].

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “If I remain alive till the next year, I shall also observe fast on the ninth of Muharram.” [Muslim].

The DAY of ARAFAH


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✦ The DAY of ARAFAH! ✦

• The Day, by which Allah SWORE an Oath.
• The Day of FORGIVENESS of sins, and FREEDOM from Fire.
• The Day, on which Allah PERFECTED the religion, and completed His FAVOR.
• The Day, on which Allah took the COVENANT from the progeny of Adam.
• The Day, fasting on which is an EXPIATION for the SINS of the previous year, and the coming year.

A BARGAIN YOU CAN’T MISS OUT ON: “Fasting the Day of `Arafah expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

*-Get tens and even hundreds of bonus years on top of that by sharing and informing others!

*-Sisters:
If you sincerely intended on fasting and would have fasted, yet couldn’t due to your menstrual cycle, don’t be sad!
You’ll get the same reward as if you fasted, not a tiny bit less -insha Allah! (I spoke on that issue in: ‘Ramadan Gems #5′)
[~Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril]

May Allah accept from us…Aameen!

The Two Important Signs


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The creation of the Sun and Moon is one of the greatest signs given to humans by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala of His existence. No doubt the absence of both these created blessings would create havoc in any living being’s life.

“Blessed is He who has placed in the sky great stars and placed therein a [burning] lamp and luminous moon.”(25:61)

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala also shows us His great power and control over the universe by the solar eclipse and the lunar eclipse happening every few months. These major events, when the unusual happens in the well balanced system of the universe, demand more from us than merepublicizing on media or thousands of people coming out to witness it.

The eclipse of the sun or moon is one of the signs of the Day of Judgment and the fact that it occurs every few months requires our serious attention. Few might know that the solar or the lunar eclipses are actually great reminders and alarms given to us by the Lord of the worlds, to check ourselves, to repent and return to Him with a humble heart.

In the Quran, Allah Ta’ala says:

“He (man) asks, ‘ When is the Day of Resurrection?’ So when the vision is dazzled. And the moon darkens. And the sun and moon are joined.” (75:6-9)

“…when the sun will be wound round and will lose its light and be overthrown and the stars will fall.” (Surah at-Takweer 81:1)

This is why Muslims should be alarmed by eclipses.

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to fear Allaah very much, and one day he came out in an agitated state, thinking that the Hour had begun, when the sun was eclipsed during his lifetime… This is indicative of the great extent to which he kept the Hour in mind and feared it, even though Allah had forgiven all his sins and promised him paradise.

We, on the other hand, have become negligent and most of us no longer think of eclipses as anything other than a natural phenomenon which we go out to watch with special glasses, carrying cameras. We limit themselves to the worldly scientific explanation without understanding the reminder of the Hereafter which it brings. This is one of the signs of hard-heartedness and a lack of concern about the matters of the Hereafter. It reflects a lack of fear of the onset of the Day of Judgment, and ignorance of the aims of sharee’ah and the reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to feel fear when these eclipses happened. The Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to stand to pray the eclipse prayer, because they believed that if indeed the Hour had come, they would not then be counted negligent of their prayer, and if this eclipse was nothing to do with the Hour, then they would not lose anything by praying, for they would have earned a great reward!!!

In the early Islamic period, the solar eclipse (kusoof As Shams) happened just once in the life-time of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. (sallallahu alayhi wassallam)

It was narrated by Al Mughira bin Shuba that,

The Solar eclipse occurred on the day when the prophet’s son Ibrahim passed away. When he (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) saw the sun turn dark.., he was terrified and thought the Hour had come.(Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Bakr (may Allah have mercy on him)

The solar eclipse occurred while we were sitting with the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wassallam). He got up dragging his garment (on the ground) hurriedly, till he reached the mosque. There, he offered a two-Rak’ah prayer until the eclipse was over and said, “The sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah, so if you see a thing like this (eclipse) then offer the prayer and invoke Allah until He removes that state.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from’Aishah that the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) said:

“The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to the life or death of anyone. If you see that [an eclipse] [lunar or solar] supplicate to Allah, extol His greatness, give charity and pray.”

They also record from Abu Musa that there was a solar eclipse and the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) said:

“If you see something of this nature, rush to the remembrance of Allah, supplicating Him and asking His forgiveness.”

 

Salaat Al Kusoof

Narrated Aisha (may Allah have mercy on her) On the day of a solar eclipse, Allah’s Messenger (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) rushed to offer the eclipse prayer. He called out: “”Salat-ul-jami’ah “” and started the prayer, 

* he recited Surah al Fatiha and then Surah al Baqarah till the end,  

* then he bowed down for Ruku’,

* and then he raised his head saying.

“Sami’Allah-u-liman hamida”

“Allah hears him who sends his praises to Him.”

Then he again recited Surah Fatiha and began reciting surah al Imran,

* then bowed down for a second ruku’, raised himself and recited,

“Sami’Allah-u-liman hamida”

“Allah hears him who sends his praises to Him.”

* Then he performed two long sujood

* and then performed the second Rakah in the same way as he had done the first.

By the time he had finished his prayer with Taslim, the solar eclipse had been over!

Then he addressed the people referring to the solar and lunar eclipses saying,

 “These are two signs amongst the Signs of Allah, and they do not eclipse because of anyone’s death or life. So, if you see them, hasten for the Prayer.” (Al Bukhari)

According to these hadeeths this prayer consists of two rakahs, four qiyams, four rukus and four sujood.

It is not compulsory to recite Surah al Baqarah or Surah Al Imran in this prayer. We can recite any surah that we wish. According to various scholars this prayer is wajib on Muslims.

It is preferred to make Dhikr, duas, to give charity, make serious repentance, try to mend our ways and ask Allah to guide us and our families and also to save us all from the punishment of the grave as the darkness in the grave would be more than the darkness of the day of solar eclipse.

May Allah forgive us, bless us with the knowledge of His religion and make us practising Muslims.

And all praise belongs to Allah, Who guided us to this precious information. May the best of peace and blessings of Allah be on Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow them in righteousness.

 

-Written by Mariam Anwer

ZAMZAM: Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes…


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Imaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Zamzam water is the best and noblest of all waters, the highest in status, the dearest to people, the most precious and valuable to them. It was dug by Jibreel and is the water with which Allaah quenched the thirst of Ismaa’eel.

It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than (Zamzam): “How long have you been here?” Abu Dharr said: “I have been here for thirty days and nights.” The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Who has been feeding you?” He said, “I have had nothing but Zamzam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” (Narrated by Imaam Muslim, 2473).

Other scholars added, with their own isnaads, “… and a healing for sickness.” This was narrated by al-Bazzaar (1171, 1172) and al-Tabaraani in al-Sagheer (295).In Sunan Ibn Maajah (al-Manaasik, 3062) it was reported from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said •►“The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.”

The Salaf and ‘ulamaa’ acted upon this Hadeeth. When ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak went for Hajj, he came to Zamzam and said •►“O Allaah, Ibn Abi’l-Mawaali told us from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that Your Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.’ I am drinking it to ward off thirst on the Day of Resurrection.” ♥

[Ibn Abi’l-Mawaali is thiqah (trustworthy) so the hadeeth is hasan (good)]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Myself and others tried seeking healing with Zamzam water and saw wondrous things. I sought healing with it from a number of illnesses, and I was healed by the permission of Allaah. I saw someone who nourished himself with it for a number of days, half a month or more, and he did not feel hunger; he performed Tawaaf along with the other people just as they did. And he told me that he consumed nothing but Zamzam water for forty days and he had the strength to have intercourse with his wife, to fast and to perform Tawaaf numerous times.

Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/319, 320.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah preserve him) said:

So you should have the intention of what you want to gain by drinking this water. He should drink his fill, i.e., fill his stomach with it until it is filled to the ribs, because this water is good. A hadeeth has been narrated concerning this: the difference between the believers and the hypocrites is drinking one’s fill of Zamzam water. (Narrated by Ibn Maajah in al-Manaasik, 1017; al-Haakim, 1/472).

Al-Boosairi said: this is a saheeh isnaad; its men are mawthooqoon [trustworthy].

This is because Zamzam water is not sweet; it is somewhat salty, and the believer only drinks this somewhat salty water out of faith, believing that there is barakah (blessing) in it. So when he drinks his fill of it, this is a sign of faith.

(Sharh al-Mumti’, 7/377, 378, 379).

Perhaps Allaah did not make it sweet so that people would not forget that the meaning of drinking it is an act of worship. Whatever the case, its taste is fine and there is nothing wrong with it. We ask Allaah to quench our thirst from the Cistern (al-Hawd) of His Prophet on the Day of the greatest thirst. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad!

Be Gentle! :)


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Reported from Ibn ’Abbaas (radi Allahu ‘anhu), in marfoo’ form, that Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:

“Be gentle/forgiving, and gentleness/forgiveness shall be rendered to you.”

(Saheeh | As-Saheehah | 1456)

Explaining it, al-Manawi said in al-Faid,“Deal with Allaah’s creation who are [all] dependent on Him and are His slaves with gentleness and ease, and their Lord will render (do) the same to you in this world and the Hereafter.” :)

(Al-Manawi in Faid al-Qadir, vol. 1, p. 512)

When the Sea Parted…,Thousands of Years Ago


A big day for the Children of Israel..?

A miracle to witness..?

A victory from Allah – the Great..?

What..? When..?

How does it concern us — the followers of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] ??

Let us take a Dive in the Ocean of our awesome Islamic History and find out for ourselves!!

Allah (subhanahu wa taála) says in His Glorious Book:

And We inspired to Moses, “Travel by night with My servants; indeed, you will be pursued.”

Then Pharaoh sent among the cities gatherers [Recruiters of an army to prevent the Children of Israel]

[And said], “Indeed, those are but a small band,

And indeed, they are enraging us,

And indeed, we are a cautious society… “

So We removed them from gardens and springs

And treasures and honorable station -
[Allah caused them to abandon their wealth and property in pursuit of the Children of Israel]

Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.

So they pursued them at sunrise.

And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, “Indeed, we are to be overtaken!”

[Moses] said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”

Then We inspired to Moses, “Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain.

And We advanced thereto the pursuers.

And We saved Moses and those with him, all together.

Then We drowned the others.

Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful. “

{Surah As Shu’araa 52-68}

 

“And indeed Allah is over all things Competent.”

SubhanAllahi Wa bihamdihi! That was the day when Allah Taála saved Moosa [alayhissalam] and the children of Israeel from Fir’awn and his followers.  Moosa [Alayhissalam] fasted on that day each year to thank Allah…and so did the Jews, at the time of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam].

How Does it Conern us?

The Aáshoora: 

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“The Prophet [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’ 

They said, ‘This is a righteous day,It is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’ 
He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” 

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1865).

In a report narrated by Muslim, [the Jews said:]

“This is a great day, on which Allaah saved Moosa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people. Moosa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: “… in thanksgiving to Allaah, so we fast on this day.”

According to a report narrated by al-Bukhaari: “… so we fast on this day to respect it.”

The Prophet (sallallahu alyhi wasallam) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (Reported by Muslim).

This is from the bounty of Allaah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

So come dear sisters and brothers let us follow this sunnah of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alyhi wasallam), and remember how Allah granted victory to Prophet Moosa [alayhissalam] and his followers.
Let us fast the Aáshoora i.e., the tenth of Muharram and couple it by fasting on the ninth or the eleventh….to be different from the Jews, Insha Allah, like Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] commanded and by doing that, let us gain the love, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure of Allah – the Lord of all that exists, the Lord who grants peace and victory. :)

May Allah accept our righteous deeds and reward us abundantly! Aameen!

~Mariam

Witr Prayer


Witr prayer is one of the greatest acts of worship that draws one closer to Allaah.

`Ali (bin Abu Talib) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Witr prayer is not obligatory as the prescribed Salat (prayers), but the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) observed it as his regular practice (Sunnah). He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

Allah is Witr (single, odd) and loves what is Witr. So perform Witr prayer. O followers of Qur’an, observe Witr (prayer).”

(At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

 

Thus, we learn from this Hadith that Witr is not Fard and Wajib but Sunnah Mu’akkadah (compulsory). But it would not be correct to show any slackness in performing them to this reason because every Muslim should do his level best to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).

 

———————————–Timings of Salatul Witr——————————

 It starts when a person has prayed ‘Isha’ until dawn begins, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Allaah has prescribed for you a prayer (by which He may increase your reward), which is Witr; Allaah has enjoined it for you during the time between ‘Isha’ prayer until dawn begins.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 425; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Is it better to offer this prayer at the beginning of its time or to delay it?

The Sunnah indicates that if a person thinks he will be able to get up at the end of the night, it is better to delay it, because prayer at the end of the night is BETTER and is witnessed (by the angels). But whoever fears that he will not get up at the end of the night should pray Witr before he goes to sleep, because of the hadeeth of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whoever fears that he will not get up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the beginning of the night,but whoever thinks that he will be able to get up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the end of the night, for prayer at the end of the night is witnessed (by the angels) and that is better.”

– Narrated by Muslim, 755. 

——————————–The number of rak’ahs in Witr:——————————

The minimum number of rak’ahs for Witr is one rak’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Witr is one rak’ah at the end of the night.”

–Narrated by Muslim, 752.

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The night prayers are two (rak’ahs) by two, but if one of you fears that dawn is about to break, let him pray one rak’ah to make what he has prayed odd-numbered.”

– Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 911; Muslim, 749.

If a person limits himself to praying one rak’ah, then he has performed the Sunnah. But Witr may also be three or five or seven or nine.

—————————————–Ways of Offering————————————

*****IF THREE RAK’AH :

If a person prays three rak’ahs of Witr this may be done in two ways, both of which are prescribed in sharee’ah:

1 – To pray them one after another, WITH ONE TASHAHHUD, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used not to say the tasleem in the (first) two rakahs of Witr. According to another version: “He used to pray Witr with three rak’ahs and he did not sit except in the last of them.”

– Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 3/234; al-Bayhaqi, 3/31. al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’ (4/7): it was narrated by al-Nasaa’i with a hasan isnaad, and by al-Bayhaqi with a saheeh isnaad. 

2 – Saying the tasleem after two rak’ahs, then praying one rak’ah on its own, because of the report narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), that he used to separate the two rak’ahs from the single rak’ah with a tasleem, and he said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do that.

– Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan (2435); Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath (2/482): its isnaad is qawiy (strong). 

*****IF FIVE OR SEVEN RAK’AH :

BUT IF HE PRAYS WITR WITH FIVE OR SEVEN RAK’AHS, THEN THEY SHOULD BE CONTINUOUS, and he should only recite one tashahhud in the last of them and say the tasleem, because of the report narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray thirteen rak’ahs at night, praying five rak’ahs of Witr, in which he would not sit except in the last rak’ah.

– Narrated by Muslim, 737. 

And it was narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray Witr with five or seven (rak’ahs) and he did not separate between them with any salaam or words.”

– Narrated by Ahmad, 6/290; al-Nasaa’i, 1714. al-Nawawi said: Its isnaad is jayyid. Al-Fath al-Rabbaani, 2/297. and it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i. 

***** IF NINE RAK’AH :

If he prays Witr with nine rak’ahs, then they should be continuous and he should sit to recite the tashahhud in the eighth rak’ah, then stand up and not say the tasleem, then he should recite the tashahhud in the ninth rak’ah and then say the tasleem.

It was narrated  from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray nine rak’ahs in which he did not sit except in the eighth, when he would remember Allaah, praise Him and call upon Him, then he would get up and not say the tasleem, and he would stand up and pray the ninth (rak’ah), then he would sit and remember Allaah and praise Him and call upon Him, then he would say a tasleem that we could hear.

– Muslim (746)

***** IF ELEVEN RAK”AH

If he prayed Witr with eleven rak’ahs, he would say the tasleem after each two rak’ahs, then pray one rak’ah at the end.

————————————Sunnah Recitation in Witr——————————–

In the first rak’ah one should recite Sabbih isma rabbika al-‘a’la (“Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High” – Soorat al-A’la 87).

In the second one should recite Soorat al-Kaafiroon (109), and in the third Soorat al-Ikhlaas (112).

Ubayy ibn Ka’b said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite in Witr Sabbih isma rabbika al-‘a’la (“Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High” – Soorat al-A’la 87), Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafiroon (“Say: O disbeliever…” – Soorat al-Kaafiroon 109) and Qul Huwa Allaahu ahad (“Say: He is Allaah, the One” – Soorat al-Ikhlaas 112).

-- Al-Nasaa’i (1729), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i. 

———————————–Reciting Qunoot in Witr———————————–

Du’a’ al-Qunoot is recited in the LAST RAK’AH of Witr prayer, after bowing, but if one recites it before bowing it doesn’t matter. But reciting it AFTER BOWING IS BETTER.

The worshipper should raise his hands to chest height and no more, because this du’aa’ is not a duaa of supplication in which a person needs to raise his hands high.

It is better not to recite qunoot in witr all the time, rather it should be done sometimes, because there is no evidence that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did it all the time.

The du’aa’ of qunoot was narrated from al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught me some words to say in qunoot al-witr:

Allâhumma hdinî fîman hadayta wa câfinî fîman câfayta, wa tawallanî fîman tawallayta, wa bârik lî fîmâ actayta, wa qinî sharra mâ qadayta. Fa-innaka taqdî wa lâ yuqdâ calayka. Innahu lâ yadhillu man wâlayta [wa lâ yacizzu man câdayta]. Tabârakata rabbanâ wa tacâlayta.

‘O Allaah, guide me along with those whom You have guided, pardon me along with those whom You have pardoned, 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 honoured and mighty. O our Lord, Blessed and Exalted are You.’

Abu Dawood (1425), al-Tirmidhi (464), and al-Nasaa’i (1746)

Then he should send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

———————————– After finishing Witr—————————————

It is mustahabb to say after the tasleem:

سُـبْحانَ المَلِكِ القُدّوس , ربِّ الملائكةِ والرّوح

Subhâna-l-maliki-l-quddûsi. (Prophet [sallAllahu 'alyhi wasallam] would recite this thrice, and while reciting it the third time he would raise his voice, elongate it and add:

[Rabbi-l-malâ'ikati wa r-rûhi.]

‘How perfect The King, The Holy One is.’ (Three Times) ‘Lord of the angels and the Ruuh (i.e. Jibraa’eel).

–  narrated by al-Nasaa’i (1699) and classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i.

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All these ways of offering Witr prayer have been mentioned in the Sunnah, but the best way is not to stick to one particular way; rather one should do it ONE WAY ONE TIME AND ANOTHER WAY ANOTHER TIME, so that one will have done all the Sunnahs.

And Allah Ta’ala alone knows best.

-Compiled by Faizan Shaikh

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~Dr. Bilal Philips said: “It is not strange for a civilization which holds nothing sacred (besides the Holocaust) to make fun of the Prophet of Islam – may God’s peace and blessings be upon him.
The buttons are once again being pushed and Muslims’ feelings are hurt. Consequently, some are angrily lashing out and harming innocent people in their ignorance. However, this is only further distorts the image of Islam which was the intention of those who made that evil film. Let us, instead, follow the prophetic way, and convey the message of Islam positively and with greater vigor, while patiently bearing the harm of our enemies.”

~Assim Alhakeem said: No matter what they say or do, the name of our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) will always be exalted. Whether they make cartoons or films depicting him in a negative way, his name will still be mentioned 5 times a day (in adhan) all over the world. What has happened in Libya and what is happening in Egypt and elsewhere do not serve Islam and it is unislamic. These protests and hooliganism serve the enemy of Islam. They will never stop making fun of our religion and our religion will excel despite their efforts.

•►Let us abide by our Quran and Sunnah and this is what hurts them most.