How Many Rakat in Witr? Read This!

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “how many rakat in Witr?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important things about “how many rakat in Witr?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. What Is Rakat in Witr?
  2. How Many Rakat in Witr?
  3. How to Pray 5 Rakat Witr?

What Is Rakat in Witr?

The first important thing about “how many rakat in Witr?” what I will explain now is “what is rakat in Witr?”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because that is one of the important things in this discussion that must be understood well.

Before I explain more about “what is rakat in Witr?”, I will explain the meaning of rakat in prayer. I want you to understand that first because it is the most important thing about the meaning of rakat in prayer that we must understand well if we are to understand the meaning of rakat in Witr.

If we read some Islamic legal literature on rakat in prayer, we will find an explanation of it as follows:

الرَّكَعَاتُ أَوْ رَكَعَاتُ الصَّلَاةِ هِيَ : أَقْوَالٌ وَأَفْعَالٌ مَخْصُوْصَةٌ ، فِيْ الدِّيْنِ الْإِسْلَامِيِّ ، تَتَكَوَّنُ مِنْهَا الصَّلَاةُ ، وَكَيْفِيَتُهَا مُحَدَّدَةٌ بِاتِّبَاعِ الشَّرْعِ

Rakats of prayer are certain sayings and movements in Islam that are components of prayer and the way of doing it is determined by following the sharia.

All readers! If we understand the meaning of rakat in prayer as I explained earlier, we will understand that rakat in Witr are certain sayings and movements in Islam that are components of Witr and how to do it is determined by following sharia.

So, we can conclude that the rakat in Witr is an important part of the Witr prayer because that is the component of Witr.

That is a brief explanation of “what is rakat in Witr?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

How Many Rakat in Witr?

The second important point about “how many rakat in Witr?” what I’m going to explain now is a specific answer. I want you to understand that well because that is one of the things about Witr that some Muslims don’t understand very well. So, you should read some of the explanations below carefully.

Before I explain more about “how many rakat in Witr?”, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to this discussion. This is a hadith about rakat in Witr.

As for the hadith about rakat in Witr, what I mean is as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ أَيُّوْبَ الْأَنْصَارِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ ؛ الْوِتْرُ حَقٌّ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ ، مَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِخَمْسٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ ، وَمَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِثَلَاثٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ ، وَمَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِوَاحِدَةٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ . رَوَاهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ إِلَّا التِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Abu Ayyub al-Ansari radliyallahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Witr prayer is the obligation of every Muslim. Whoever likes the five rakats, then he will do it. Whoever likes three rakats, then let him do. Anyone who likes one rakat, then let him do.” The hadith is narrated by four people except at-Tirmidhi (Abu Daud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

All readers! If we understand the above hadith, we can conclude that there is no maximum limit for rakat in Witr. The default is odd. So, we can do Witr with 1 rakat, 3 rakat, 5 rakat, 7 rakat, and so on.

That is a brief explanation of “how many rakat in Witr?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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