Witr Prayer — small in size, big in reward …

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:


This is a small compilation of Hadith that I found and put together showing the importance of Witr prayer.


Abu Huraira reported. My friend (The Prophet ﷺ) has instructed me to do three things: three fasts during every month, two rak’ahs of the forenoon prayer, and observing Witr prayer before going to bed. [Muslim]


‘A’isha reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed the Witr prayer every night and he completed Witr at the time of dawn. [Muslim]


Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Allah is single (witr) and loves what is single, so observe the Witr, you who follow the Qur’an. [Abu Dawud]


Narrated Kharijah ibn Hudhafah al-Adawi: The Apostle of Allah (ﷺ) came out to us and said: Allah the Exalted has given you an extra prayer which is better for you then the red camels (i.e. high breed camels [which were the wealthiest commodity of that time]). This is the Witr which Allah has appointed for you between the night prayer and the daybreak. [Abu Dawud]


Narrated AbuAyyub al-Ansari: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: The Witr is a duty for every Muslim so if anyone wishes to observe it with five rak’ahs, he may do so; if anyone wishes to observe it with three, he may do so, and if anyone wishes to observe it with one, he may do so. [Abu Dawud]

• This Hadith shows us how to pray Witr. Also it shows us that one rak’ah is sufficient. Islam is easy!


Narrated Masruq: I asked ‘Aisha which deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said, “A deed done continuously.” I further asked, “When did he used to get up (in the night for the prayer).” She said, “He used to get up on hearing the crowing of a cock.”

• I concluded this small compilation with this Hadith to show two things: 1- Whats is more important than large deeds are the small consistent ones as The Prophet (ﷺ) said in another Hadith: “The most beloved of deeds according to Allah are the continuous ones, even if they are little.” [Agreed upon]. 2- How The Prophet (ﷺ) didn’t used to spend the entire night praying, rather the last  part of it. So don’t kill yourself by overdoing things.



And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.



Compiled by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Dhul-Qi’dah 24, 1432 — October 21, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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