The word Salah is mentioned 67 times in Quran. Allah Almighty commands His believers to bow down before him to praise His Glory and be thankful for his blessings. Salah creates a strong bond between the believer and the creator. In this article, we will guide you on how to pray Witr Prayer?

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Witr Prayer

Witr prayer is a Sunnah prayer in Islam. You can perform witr after the Isha prayer and before the Fajar prayer. In the Islamic context, the word Al- Witr means "The one" that stands for Allah Almighty. Therefore many acts of worship in Islam reflect the meaning of Al-witr like Tawaaf of Kaaba or a Witr prayer that are in odd numbers. However, the literal meaning of Witr is "Chord of Cycle". According to this context, a full day is considered a cycle in which all prayers are located. The Maghrib prayer is offered at the start of the night with the odd-numbered Rakat whereas, the Witr prayer is the last prayer of the night also with the odd-numbered Rakat. Hence, in this cycle, the chord is created by the unpaired Rakats of Maghrib and Witr.

Witr Prayer In Hadith

The Witr prayer is performed and taught by our Holy Prophet(S.A.W), and numerous hadiths are narrated about the conditions and method of witr prayer. here are some of them are mentioned

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar Sahih Bukhari Hadith#998

The Prophet(S.A.W) said "Make witr your last prayer at night."

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar Sahih Bukhari Hadith#993

The Prophet (S.A.W) 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."

Narrated Hazrat Aisha Sahih Bukhari Hadith#996

Allah's Apostle offered witr prayer at different nights at various hours extending (from the Isha prayer) up to the last hour of the night.

Narrated Ibn Umar Sahih Bukhari Hadith#1000

The Prophet(S.A.W) 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.

Narrated Anas Sahih Bukhari Hadith#1004

The Qunut used to be recited in the Maghrib and the Fajr prayers.

Step by Step Praying Witr Prayer

Step 1 Make Ablution

Start by making wudu for the prayer. Ablution is mandatory for every namaz without making ablution your prayer will not be valid, if you are unable to do wudu and meets all conditions of doing tayammum then it's mandatory to perform tayammum in place of wudu before starting namaz.

Step 2Select Witr Rakat

As it's already mentioned that witr is prayed in odd-numbered Rakat from 1 Rakat to maximum odd number Rakats. Hence, it's up to you how many Rakats you want to perform. All schools of Islamic jurisprudence unite on praying 3 Rakat witr namaz in regular routine. However, you can enhance the quantity of Rakats while doing Qayam ul Lail or during Itikaf.

Step 3 Make Niyyah For Witr Prayer

Once you have decided how many Rakats you want to perform, then stand on the praying mat facing toward Kaaba. Then make intention/Niyyah for witr prayer by saying "I intend to pray 3 Rakat witr prayer, facing the Kaaba in the presence of Allah Almighty".

Step 4 Recite Takbir

Once you make niyyah for witr, start your first Rakat with Takbir.Take both your hands up to your ears and recite the Takbir "Allah Hu Akber". For women, they have to take their hands up to their shoulders for reciting Takbir. It's permissible to recite Takbir slowly or loudly.

Step 5 Perform Qayam

After reciting Takbir, men have to tie both their hands below the navel. However, women have to tie both hands on their chests. Place your right hand on your left hand and then recite Sana. Then recite Surah Fatiha and Surah Aa'la in the first Rakat.

  • In three Rakats of witr prayer, it's recommended to recite Surah Aa'la in the first Rakat.
  • Then in the second Rakat, it's recommended to recite Surah Qafiron.
  • In the last Rakat, it's recommended to recite Surah Ikhlas.
  • However, these are recommended surahs. If someone doesn't remember these specific surahs then he can recite any surah in all three Rakats as done in other prayers.

Step 6 Perform Ruku

After performing Qayam, staying in the same standing position bend down by saying "Allah Hu Akber". Place your palms on your knees and your face towards the ground. Then in this position recite Tasbeeh “Subhana-Rabbi Al Azeem” three times. However, for making your Ruku longer, you can recite the Tasbeeh by increasing it.

Step 7 Perform Qooma

Then get back to the standing position to perform Qooma and while rising from the position recite “Sami Allah Hu Liman Hamidah” and upon standing recite “Rabana Lakal Hamd”.

Step 8 Perform First Sajdah

Then perform the first sajdah of the first Rakat. By saying "Allah Hu Akber", bow down on the ground and place both of your palms straight on the ground. Your nose and forehead should touch the ground. Then staying in the same position recite Tasbeeh “Subhana Rabbi Al Alla” three times. However, you can increase the number for a longer sajdah.

Step 9 Perform Jalsa

After performing the first sajdah, raise your head from the ground by saying "Allah Hu Akber" and sit for some seconds before performing the second sajdah. However, our Holy Prophet(S.A.W) used to recite these two dua's while sitting in Jalsa. You can recite these dua's a minimum of once while sitting in Jalsa, you can also increase the count to the maximum number according to your wish.

  • رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي
  • اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي، وَارْحَمْنِي، وَاهْدِنِي، وَاجْبُرْنِي، وَعَافِنِي، وَارْزُقْنِي، وَارْفَعْنِي

Step 10 Perform Second Sajdah

Then bow down again in the second sajdah, in the same way, placing your nose, forehead, and palms straight on the ground. Then recite the Tasbeeh “Subhana Rabbi Al Alla” three times.

Step 11Stand up for Second Rakat

After performing the second sajdah the first Rakat is completed. Now stand up for a second Rakat saying "Allah Hu Akber". Then repeat all the steps of the first Rakat. Recite Surah Fatiha and Surah Qafiron i.e. recommended surah or any other Surah while performing Qayam. Then perform Ruku, Qooma, First Sajdah, Jalsa, and Second Sajdah to complete the second Rakat of Witr prayer.

Step 12 Stand up for Third Rakat

Stand up for the third Rakat saying "Allah Hu Akber". Then make Qayam by reciting Surah Fatiha i.e. recommended surah or any other Surah as done in the first two rakats.

Step 13 Recite Qunut

Then after reciting Surah Ikhlas, staying in the same position recite Dua-e- Qunut in the third Rakat of witr prayer. There are two duas for reciting as a dua-e-qunut

اَللَّهُمَّ إنا نَسْتَعِينُكَ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَنُؤْمِنُ بِكَ وَنَتَوَكَّلُ عَلَيْكَ وَنُثْنِئْ عَلَيْكَ الخَيْرَ وَنَشْكُرُكَ وَلَا نَكْفُرُكَ وَنَخْلَعُ وَنَتْرُكُ مَنْ ئَّفْجُرُكَ اَللَّهُمَّ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَلَكَ نُصَلِّئ وَنَسْجُدُ وَإِلَيْكَ نَسْعأئ وَنَحْفِدُ وَنَرْجُو رَحْمَتَكَ وَنَخْشآئ عَذَابَكَ إِنَّ عَذَابَكَ بِالكُفَّارِ مُلْحَقٌ

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ وَلاَ يَعِزُّ مَنْ عَادَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ

Step 14Continue Third Rakat

After reciting Qunut, continue the third Rakat of witr prayer by performing Ruku, Qooma, First Sajdah, Jalsa, and Second Sajdah.

Step 15 Perform Quood

After performing the second sajdah in the third Rakat raise your head and sit in quood. Place both your palms straight on your thighs and then recite At-tahiyat. Then in the same position recite Durood and in the last recite Dua “Rabana Atina Fid Dunya Hasanataw-wa Fil Akhirati Hasanataw-wa Qina Azaban Nar” at the end of Quood. You can recite other dua's at the end of Quood.

Step 16 Perform Tasleem

Then end your witr prayer by saying Salam on both your right and then left side. Turn your head toward your right shoulder saying “Assalamualaikum Wa Rehmatullah Wa Barakatu” . Then turn your head towards your left shoulder saying“Assalamualaikum Wa Rehmatullah Wa Barakatu”.




Our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) used to pray 3,5,7, and 9 Rakats of witr prayer in their routine life. When you intend to pray 5 or 7 Rakats then you have to sit in Quood only in the last fifth and seventh Rakat of the witr prayer. However, while praying 9 Rakats of witr prayer then you will have to sit in 8th Rakat for first Qadaa, and then in 9th Rakat for final Qadaa.