Fatwa: # 15037
Category: Daily
Country: South Africa
Date: 10th April 2007


A brother told me that we must recite the last three Surah of the Quran: Ikhlas,Falaq, Nas in the 3th rakat of Witr, Does this has a origin?


A brother told me that we must recite the last three Surah of the Quran: Ikhlas,Falaq, Nas in the 3th rakat of Witr, Does this has a origin?
Also this brother told me that after the Takbir for qunut in the 3th rakat of Witr we must not fold hands but raise them like in duaa and leave them them like that for the duration of the qunut dua. He told me that this was related from Abu Hanifa by his student Abu Yusuf (recorded in Haskafi,Ibn Abidin) Is this true?


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

One has the option of reciting which ever surah one wishes to in the third rakah of Witr.  To state that a certain surah must be recited is not true.  It is Sunnah to recite al-A’laa in the first rakah, al-Kafiroon in the second rakah, and al-Ikhlaas in the third rakah.  Imam Tirmidhi narrates in his Sunnan:

عن ابن عباس قال كان ان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقرأ في الوتر بسبح اسم ربك الأعلى وقل يا أيها الكافرون وقل هو الله أحد في ركعة ركعة (الترمذى)

Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to recite in Witr ‘Sabihisma Rabika al-Ala’, Qul Ya ayuha al-Kafiroon, and ‘Qul Hu Allahu Ahad’ in separate rakat.

However, it is disliked to fix these surahs on a daily basis for Witr and not to recite other surahs besides these, as people will start considering it to be Wajib.  It should be done occasionally without fixing it.

Rad al-Muhtar (2:6) H.M. Saeed Company

Al-Fatawa al-Hindiya (1:77) Maktaba Rasheediya

( قوله والسنة السور الثلاث ) أي الأعلى والكافرون والإخلاص ، لكن في النهاية أن التعيين على الدوام يفضي إلى اعتقاد بعض الناس أنه واجب وهو لا يجوز ، فلو قرأ بما ورد به الآثار أحيانا بلا مواظبة يكون حسنا بحر...)وزيادة المعوذتين لم يخترها الجمهر(قوله وزيادة المعوذتين إلخ ) أي في الثالثة بعد سورة الإخلاص . قال في البحر عن الحلية : وما وقع في السنن وغيرها من زيادة المعوذتين أنكرها الإمام أحمد وابن معين ولم يخترها أكثر أهل العلم كما ذكره الترمذي كذا في المحيط لكن { عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه أوتر بسبح اسم ربك الأعلى وقل يا أيها الكافرون وقل هو الله أحد } فيقرأ أحيانا هذا للتبرك وأحيانا غير ذلك للتحرز عن هجران باقي القرآن (الفتاوى الهنديه)

The narration of Abu Yusuf stating that one must raise the hands in Qunoot as if making dua is not the accepted view in the Hanafi Fiqh.  The accepted view is to keep the hands folded as they were before the Qunoot.

Rad al-Muhtar (2:6) H.M. Saeed Company


( ويكبر قبل ركوع ثالثته رافعا يديه ) كما مر ثم يعتمد ، وقيل كالداعي . قال ابن عابدين ( قوله ثم يعتمد ) أي يضع يمينه على يساره كما في حالة القراءة ح . ( قوله وقيل كالداعي ) أي عن أبي يوسف أنه يرفعهما إلى صدره وبطونهما إلى السماء إمداد . والظاهر أنه يبقيهما كذلك إلى تمام الدعاء على هذه الرواية تأمل


And Allah knows best


Ml. Ehzaz Ajmeri,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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