Witr Salaah in the Harams
Q: I am a follower of the Hanafi Mazhab. At the Haramain the Witr prayer during Ramadaan is conducted in Jamaah. At times they pray as 2 + 1 rakaats and sometimes as 3 rakaats. Also they raise their hands during Dua-e-Qunoot which during the night of Shab e Qadr and the night of Quran Khatam which is on 29th night of Ramadhan the Dua e Qunoot goes on for approximately half an hour.
Please advise in the circumstances narrated above:
(1)What type of Niyat should I make for Witr namaaz not being sure whether it is going to be 2 + 1 or 3 rakaats together?
(2) should I also raise the hands during Dua e Qunoot which we normally do not do in Hanafi Mazhab.
In the huge gathering it is practically difficult to move away and not participate in the Witr.
A: You should perform your witr Salaah individually. According to the Hanafi Mazhab witr Salaah should be performed with making salaam at the end.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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