Benefits of Witr prayer | Deep explanation with hadith

Shah Muhammad Suhail

Benefits of Witr prayer

Witr is the most important prayer after the five obligatory prayers. Witr prayer has many benefits. Here we are discussing the details of the Witr prayer and its related details.

What is Witr prayer?

The Witr meaning is odd. Because this prayer consists of three Rakats or the number of Rakats offered at night through it becomes odd, it is called Witr.

When to pray the witr?

After the Isha prayer, it is time to pray the Witr prayer until the morning Sadiq. But for a person who has a habit of getting up late regularly, it is better to recite Witr in the late part of the night. However, if you are not in the habit of getting up late at night, you should read the Witr before going to bed.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever is not sure about getting up at the end of the night, let him read the Witr in the first part of the night.” And whoever hopes to get up in the last night to read Tahajjud, will read Witr in the last part of the night. Because angels are present during the last night prayer and that is best.’ (Muslim)

Benefits of Witr prayer

The benefits of Witr prayer Only Allah Subhanahu Ta’ala knows. Because what we know from the hadith and the Quran is not sufficient as a reward for our prayers. Rather, the rewards and favours Allah bestows on a person He is pleased with are unimaginable.

Therefore, we are discussing the benefit of Witr prayer here, but it is not final and comprehensive, because Allah can give great rewards and benefits to His servants by being pleased with any small deed.

Rasool (PBUH) never left Witr. He also used to instruct the Companions to recite Witr. The Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘Allah Ta’ala has helped you with an extra prayer, which is better for you than a red camel. That is Witr. Allah Ta’ala has ordained this prayer for you to perform between Isha and Fajr.’ (Tirmidhi)

Abu Huraira (R.A.) said, “My beloved friend has bequeathed me three things, which I will not abandon till death.” That is, keeping three fasts every month, praying two Rakats of Chasht, and praying Witr before going to bed. (Bukhari and Muslim) In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O followers of the Qur’an, recite Witr.” Because Allah loves odd and Witr prayers.’ (Tirmidhi)

10 best Benefits of Witr prayer

  1. Increased Connection with Allah: The Witr prayer is an opportunity to strengthen one’s connection with Allah through additional acts of worship.
  2. Following the Sunnah: Performing the Witr prayer aligns with the practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), thus earning the reward of following his Sunnah.
  3. Protection from Evil: It is believed that performing the Witr prayer can offer protection from evil and misguidance.
  4. Forgiveness of Sins: Engaging in additional acts of worship like the Witr prayer can serve as a means for seeking forgiveness for past sins.
  5. Elevation of Status: Consistent performance of the Witr prayer can elevate one’s status in the sight of Allah.
  6. Strengthening of Faith: Regularly performing the Witr prayer aids in strengthening one’s faith and devotion to Islam.
  7. Barakah (Blessings): The Witr prayer is believed to bring blessings into one’s life and household.
  8. Divine Assistance: By engaging in the Witr prayer, one may seek Allah’s assistance and guidance in their daily affairs.
  9. Preparation for the Hereafter: The Witr prayer serves as a reminder of the Hereafter and the importance of preparing for it through worship and good deeds.
  10. Consolation and Peace: Performing the Witr prayer before sleeping can bring a sense of peace and tranquillity, knowing that one has fulfilled another act of worship and sought Allah’s protection for the night.

Importance of the witr prayer

The importance of Witr prayer is critical. Witr is obligatory on all Mukim and Musafi. Narrated by Ibn Umar (RA). Rasulullah (S.A.W.) used to perform the night prayer by beckoning from his ride (vehicle) except for the obligatory prayer. No matter where the rider turns! He used to pray Witr on the vehicle. – Sahih Bokhari: 946

Rasulullah (SAW) used to perform Witr after Tahajjud in the last hours of the night. He used to wake up the family members for Witr. Narrated by Ayesha (RA). He said, Prophet Kareem (PBUH) used to pray at night, and then I used to sleep crosswise in his bed. Then he used to wake me up when he wanted to read Witr. I used to take Witar too.

That is why it is better to perform Witr prayer by reading Tahajjud at the end of the night. However, it can be performed after the Isha prayer. Because Rasulullah (SAW) sometimes performed Witr after the Isha prayer.

The reward of the witr prayer

The reward of Witr prayer is very high. Narrated by Khadija Ibn Huzafa (RA). He said, Once Rasulullah (SAW) came out to us and said, Allah has extended one prayer for you. Which is better for you than a crimson camel? This prayer is Witr. Allah has fixed for you the time between Isha prayer and Subha Sadiq. (Sunan Abu Dawud: 1418).

Allah’s love can be found through Witr prayer. Narrated by Hazrat Ali (RA). He said, Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, O followers of the Qur’an! Pray the Witr prayer. Because Allah Ta’ala loves odd (single) deeds. -Sunan Abu Dawud: 1416

Punishment for leaving Witr

Of course, the Witr prayer is obligatory. If you run away for some reason, it is important to collect the Qaza later. A regular Witr abjurer will surely be a sinner and will not receive the recommendation of the Prophet (PBUH).

Abdullah Ibn Buraydah (RA) narrated from his father. He said, I heard Rasulullah (s.a.w.) saying, Witr prayer is Haqq (truth). Whoever does not pay it, does not belong to us. He said this three times. Therefore,  people of all genders should perform Witr with importance.

FAQs

Is The Witr prayer obligatory?

No, Witr prayer is not obligatory; However, Witr prayer is obligatory in the Hanafi Madhhab and Sunnah in other Madhhabs. Witr prayer is highly recommended in Islam, and its performance is considered virtuous.

How many rakat of the prayer of the witr?

The Witr prayer traditionally consists of an odd number of Rakats. Some scholars say that the Witr prayer is one and another group of scholars say that the Witr is three Rakats.

Will I benefit from sitting and reading the Witr prayer?

Ideally, the Witr prayer should be performed while standing. However, if you are unable to stand, then you will benefit from performing Witr while sitting. In Sha Allah. You can even perform this while lying down.

Can I make Dua in Witr prayer?

Yes, it is good to make dua during Witr prayer, especially in the last rak’ah. This is a time when prayers are most likely to be received, so individuals may ask for forgiveness, guidance, blessings, or any other legitimate wish.

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