Witr Salaah in the Harams

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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.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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