Additional Masnun Surahs to recite in Witr

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I have heard that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would also recite Surah Zilzal (Surah 99) in Witr Salah, is this correct?



Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following nine Surahs in Witr:


In the first rak’ah: Surah Takathur (Surah 102), Surah Qadr (Surah 97) and Surah Zilzal (Surah 99).

In the second rak’ah:  Surah ‘Asr (Surah 103), Surah Nasr (Surah 110) and Surah Kawthar (Surah 108).

In the third rak’ah: Surah Kafirun (Surah 109), Surah Lahab (Surah 111) and Ikhlas (Surah 112)


(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 89, Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 851 and Musnad Abu Ya’la, Hadith: 460 with a weak chain. Imam Tirmidhi has also recorded a shorter version of this narration, Hadith: 460)


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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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