Offering the two rak’ahs after Witr while seated

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Is there any authentic Hadith regarding the permissibility of performing the two rak’ah Sunnah/Nafl after Witr, while sitting as many ‘Ulama in my area do?



In principle, one is allowed to offer any Nafl/Sunnah Salah while seated, however the reward for that Salah will be halved.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is reported to have said:

‘The Salah of one who is seated yields half the reward of one who is standing.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1115 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1712)


Similarly, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is himself also reported to have offered the two rak’ahs after Witr specifically, while seated.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1721)

However, for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), the reward is not halved. He is rewarded in full, even when praying Salah while seated.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1712)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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