Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aqeedah)
Fatwa#: 41075
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Sep 24,2018

Title: Delaying Witr Until After Midnight


Assalamu Alikum,


I would like to know if delaying the witr prayer until after the midnight is makruh according to the hanafi school.


JazakumAllah Khair


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is mustahab for one who is used to waking up for tahajjud to delay the witr until the last portion of the night.[i] If one is unsure whether he will be able to wake up and perform witr at that time, he should perform witr before sleeping.


And Allah Ta‘ālā Knows Best.

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




مختصر القدوري (ص: ٢٤) 

ويستحب في الوتر لمن يألف صلاة الليل أن يؤخر الوتر إلى آخر الليل فإن لم يثق بالانتباه أوتر قبل النوم

المبسوط للسرخسي (١/١٥٠)

ووقت الوتر من حين يصلي العشاء إلى الفجر والأفضل تأخيرها إلى آخر الليل

الاختيار لتعليل المختار (١/٤٠)

قَالَ: (وَيُسْتَحَبُّ فِي الْوِتْرِ آخِرُ اللَّيْلِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَثِقْ بِالِانْتِبَاهِ أَوْتَرَ أَوَّلَهُ) لِمَا رَوَى جَابِرٌ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - قَالَ: «مَنْ خَافَ أَنْ لَا يَقُومَ آخِرَ اللَّيْلِ فَلْيُوتِرْ أَوَّلَهُ، وَمَنْ طَمِعَ أَنْ يَقُومَ آخِرَ اللَّيْلِ فَلْيُوتِرْ آخِرَهُ، فَإِنَّ صَلَاةَ آخِرِ اللَّيْلِ مَحْضُورَةُ الْمَلَائِكَةِ» ، وَذَلِكَ أَفْضَلُ.

مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: ١٤٤)

وإذا صلى الوتر قبل النوم ثم تهجد لا يعيد الوتر


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