When we Hanafi visit Haramain Sharifain in Ramadan, should we offer witr as the imam does or should we offer with them in their Hanbali way and then repeat our own witr again? And if we do pray with them then should we raise hands the way they do for the Qunoot?

When we Hanafi visit Haramain Sharifain in Ramadan, should we offer witr as the imam does or should we offer with them in their Hanbali way and then repeat our own witr again? And if we do pray with them then should we raise hands the way they do for the Qunoot?

Answer

(Fatwa: 247/D=24/K=1433)

According to Hanafi Fiqh, it is masnoon to offer all the three rakahs of witr with single salam. It is not lawful to perform salam on two rakahs. But according to other three imams it is masnoon to perform salam on two rakah and then offer one rakah with separate salam. According to preferred saying the witr salah of a Hanafi shall not be correct behind an imam who offered it with two salams. But according to Hadhrat Imam Abu Bakar Razi al-Jassas and Allama Ibn Wahban the most famous Hanafi Faqih of the forth period: the witr of Hanafi shall be correct. And at the time of need it is allowable to follow the less famous saying. The need of Hejaz is evident before every one. Hence it is right for a Hanafi to offer witr salah behind imam in Haramain. But when Imam offers salam on second rakah then the Hanafi should not make salam and complete third rakah with him.
فمذهب الحنفية أنه لا وتر عندهم إلا بثلاث ركعات بتشهدين وسلام نعم لو اقتدى حنفي بشافعي في الوتر وسلم ذلك الشافعي الإمام على الشفع الأول على وفق مذهبه ثم أتم الوتر صح وتر الحنفي عند أبي بكر الرازى وابن وهبان . معارف السنن .

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
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