Can We Pray Witr Twice in One Night?

04 January, 2017
Q Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I want to ask whether at the end of Tarawih Prayer we should pray ash-Shaf` (two rak`ahs of voluntary prayer) and Witr? I heard that the last prayer you pray should be Witr. Does that mean that if I get up to pray Qiyam al-Layl (the night vigil) I should pray ash-Shaf` and Witr again, or should I delay them until I pray Qiyam and then pray them? Jazakum Allah khayran.


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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. 

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Responding to the question in point, Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author, states: 

“If the Muslim prays Witr then he wants to pray Qiyam al-Layl after that, he should pray it two by two, and he does not have to repeat Witr.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded that the last prayer offered at night should be Witr, but this command is in the sense that it is mustahabb (recommendable), not obligatory.

Sheikh Ibn Baaz was asked:

If I have prayed Witr at the beginning of the night, then I get up to pray Qiyam at the end of the night, how should I pray?

He replied:

If you have prayed Witr at the beginning of the night then Allah enables you to get up at the end of the night, then pray whatever you can two by two – without Witr, because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “There cannot be two Witrs in one night.” 

And it was narrated from `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to pray two rak`ahs after Witr sitting down. The reason for that – and Allah knows best – was to show the people that it is permissible to pray after Witr.”

Allah Almighty knows best.

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