Volume 2, Book 16, Number 105
Narrated Ibn Umar:
Once a person asked Allah's Apostle about the night prayer. Allah's
Apostle replied, "The night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed
by two Rakat and so on and if anyone is afraid of the approaching
dawn (Fajr prayer) he should pray one Raka and this will be a Witr
for all the Rakat which he has prayed before." Nafi' told that
'Abdullah bin 'Umar used to say Taslim between (the first) two Rakat
and (the third) odd one in the Witr prayer, when he wanted to attend
to a certain matter (during that interval between the Rakat).
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 106
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (his aunt). I slept
across the bed while Allah's Apostle and his wife slept length-wise.
The Prophet slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his
face and recited ten verses from Surat "Aal-Imran." Allah's Apostle
went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most
perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood
beside him. The Prophet put his right hand on my head, twisted my
ear and then prayed two Rakat five times and then ended his prayer
with Witr. He laid down till the Muadh-dhin came then he stood up
and offered two Rakat (Sunna of Fajr prayer) and then went out and
offered the Fajr prayer.
(See Hadith No. 183, Vol. 1)
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 107
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar :
The Prophet said, "Night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed by
two Rakat and so on, and if you want to finish it, pray only one
Raka which will be Witr for all the previous Rakat." Al-Qasim said,
"Since we attained the age of puberty we have seen some people
offering a three-Rakat prayer as Witr and all that is permissible. I
hope there will be no harm in it."
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 108
Allah's Apostle used to pray eleven Rakat at night and that was his
night prayer and each of his prostrations lasted for a period enough
for one of you to recite fifty verses before Allah's Apostle raised
his head. He also used to pray two Rakat (Sunna) before the
(compulsory) Fajr prayer and then lie down on his right side till
the Muadh-dhin came to him for the prayer.
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 109
Narrated Anas bin Sirin:
I asked Ibn 'Umar, "What is your opinion about the two Rakat before
the Fajr (compulsory) prayer, as to prolonging the recitation in
them?" He said, "The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to pray at night two
Rakat followed by two and so on, and end the prayer by one Raka
Witr. He used to offer two Rakat before the Fajr prayer immediately
after the Adhan." (Hammad, the sub-narrator said, "That meant (that
he prayed) quickly.)"
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 110
Allah's Apostle offered Witr prayer at different nights at various
hours extending (from the 'Isha' prayer) up to the last hour of the
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 111
Narrated 'Aisha :
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to offer his night prayer while I was
sleeping across in his bed. Whenever he intended to offer the Witr
prayer, he used to wake me up and I would offer the Witr prayer too.
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 112
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar:
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Make s your last prayer at night."
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 113
Narrated Said bin Yasar:
I was going to Mecca in the company of 'Abdullah bin 'Umar and when
I apprehended the approaching dawn, I dismounted and offered the
Witr prayer and then joined him. 'Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "Where
have you been?" I replied, "I apprehended the approaching dawn so I
dismounted and prayed the Witr prayer." 'Abdullah said, "Isn't it
sufficient for you to follow the good example of Allah's Apostle?" I
replied, "Yes, by Allah." He said, "Allah's Apostle used to pray
Witr on the back of the camel (while on a journey)."
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 114
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
The Prophet used to offer (Nawafil) prayers on his Rahila (mount)
facing its direction by signals, but not the compulsory prayer. He
also used to pray Witr on his (mount) Rahila.
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 115
Narrated Muhammad bin Sirin:
Anas was asked, "Did the Prophet recite Qunut in the Fajr prayer?"
Anas replied in the affirmative. He was further asked, "Did he
recite Qunut before bowing?" Anas replied, "He recited Qunut after
bowing for some time (for one month)."
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 116
I asked Anas bin Malik about the Qunut. Anas replied, "Definitely it
was (recited)". I asked, "Before bowing or after it?" Anas replied,
"Before bowing." I added, "So and so has told me that you had
informed him that it had been after bowing." Anas said, "He told an
untruth (i.e. "was mistaken," according to the Hijazi dialect).
Allah's Apostle recited Qunut after bowing for a period of one
month." Anas added, "The Prophet sent about seventy men (who knew
the Quran by heart) towards the pagans (of Najd) who were less than
they in number and there was a peace treaty between them and Allah's
Apostles (but the Pagans broke the treaty and killed the seventy
men). So Allah's Apostle recited Qunut for a period of one month
asking Allah to punish them."
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 117
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet recited Qunut for one month (in the Fajr prayer) asking
Allah to punish the tribes of Ral and Dhakwan.
Volume 2, Book 16, Number 118
The Qunut used to be recited in the Maghrib and the Fajr prayers.
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