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Adding a Rakah to the Witr prayer – Shaykh bin Baz

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykh bin Baz was asked:

Some of the people when they pray witr with the imam and the imam gives the salaams they stand and pray another rakah, so that his praying of witr will be in the last part of the night, so what is the ruling of this action?


He answered (paraphrasing)

All Praises belong to Allah,we do not know of any problem or sin in doing so and it is affirmed for him that he prayed with the imam until he completed the prayer, because he prayed with him until the Imam finished, and he increased by a rakah for a legislated benefit, meaning: so that he could pray witr in the last part of the night, so there is no problem with this and it does not take away from the fact he prayed with the Imam until the imam finished.


من كتاب الجواب الصحيح من أحكام صلاة الليل والتراويح للشيخ عبد العزيز بن باز ص 41ه


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Adding a Rakah to the Witr Prayer – Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykh Uthaymeen states:

He follows the Imam in the witr and makes it even by adding a rakah, so that he can perform his witr in the last part of the night. Therefore when he follows the Imam and the Imam gives the salaams for the Witr, he stands and performs another rakah and then gives salaams, so he has prayed 2 rakahs, meaning he has not prayed witr. Then when he prays in the last part of the night, he performs his witr after his night prayer. By doing so he has gained the reward of following the imam until he departed, and he has also gained reward for praying witr in the last part of the night, and this is a good action.


So if it is said:

How have you made it permissible for the person praying behind the Imam to oppose him by increasing upon that which his Imam prayed, whilst the Messenger of Allah –sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam- said:

‘’ The imam is appointed to be followed’’ (1)

Our evidence for this is when the messenger of Allah –sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam- prayed with the people of Makkah, in the conquest of Makkah, he prayed two rakah with them and said:

“Oh people of Makkah complete (your prayer) for indeed we are a travelling people.” (2)

So they intended to pray four rakah, whilst the Messenger –sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam- intended two, so when he gave salaams after two, they stood up and completed four. And this is (like) the one who enters the prayer with the Imam in witr but he doesn’t intend witr, he only intends to pray two, so when the imam gives salaams, the person stands and performs a second rakah, and this is a clear deduction and there is no problem with it.

And if it is said “is this not opposing his statement –sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam-

“Whoever stands (and prays) with the Imam untilhe finishes, it will be recorded as if he spent the night in prayer.” (3)

We say no it does not oppose it, because the Prophet- sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam- did not say whoever stands with the Imam then finishes WITH HIM, it will be recorded as if he spent the whole night in prayer. So what is required to attain the reward is praying with the Imam until the Imam finishes, and whoever increases after the Imam has finished, then he has most certainly prayed with him until he finished.

Paraphrased from Ash Sharh Al Mumti’ ala zaad al mustaqni’ Pages 65-66

1 ) Bukhaari and Muslim

2) Ibn Abee Shaybah, Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood

3) Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nisaa’i


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The [Ruling on looking at the place of Sujood during the Janaazah prayer] and the [ruling for the person who misses more than one Takbeer of the Janaazah prayer]—Imaam Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah)

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ


During the Janaazah prayer does the Musallee (i.e. praying person) look at the place of his Sujood just as in the other prayers, or is that not obligatory? And what should he do if he missed more than one Takbeer of the Janaazah prayer?



The Sunnah (legislated) for the praying person in the Janaazah prayer and other than the Janaazah (prayer) is that he looks at the place of his Sujood, so that neither absent-mindedness nor carelessness occurs in the prayer, and thus he (establishes) khushoo. This is better.   If he catches some of the prayer, then what he catches is (considered to be the first part) of his prayer, (and) this is better. And what he makes up is (considered to be the) last of it (i.e. the last part of his prayer).

If he catches the third Takbeer, he (should) make Takbeer and recite Faatiha.  And if his Imaam (i.e. the one leading him in prayer) performs the forth Takbeer, he performs Takbeer and sends salutations upon the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallaam). And if his Imaam performs Tasleem, he performs Takbeer and then says, [اللهم اغفر له وارحمه]; then he performs Takbeer and (thereafter) the Tasleem.




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Wife praying next to her husband – UPDATED

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

What is the sunnah for a woman praying with her husband? Does she line up next to him or behind him?

Its all the same; there is no prohibition if she lines up beside him and there is no prohibition if she lines up behind him.
N.B With regards to the above fatwa then it should be noted some scholars do view the issue to be somewhat open however the overwhelming opinion based upon hadith of Anas* is that the woman stands behind, this is the opinion of many of the scholars past and present that the woman prays behind the man regardless of whether it is her husband or other than him, from these scholars are Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadi al Waadi’ee, Shaykh bin Baz and Shaykh Ubayd Al Jaabi’ree

*Al-Bukhaari (380) and Muslim (658) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik that his grandmother Mulaykah invited the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to come and eat some food that she had prepared for him. He ate some, then he said: “Get up and I will lead you in prayer.” Anas said: The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) stood up, and the orphan and I stood in a row behind him, and the old woman stood behind us, and the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم) led us in praying two rak’ahs, then he left.

Shaykh bin Baz was informed by a man that he used to pray next to his wife in and then being informed that it is impermissible for them to do so, he asked do we have to repeat our prayers?

The shaykh replied there is nothing upon you and do not repeat them, however do not do it again, and the shaykh continued to mention the above narration of Anas -radiallaahu anhu- and finished by saying the woman prays behind the men even if she was praying with her husband.

Shaykh Ubayd’s answer regarding this issue:

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Are the 2 units before Maghrib from the Sunnah? Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Is it from the sunnah to pray two units of prayer between the Adhaan and Iqaamah of Maghrib?

Yes, it is from the sunnah to pray two units before Maghrib; ie between the adhaan and between the iqaamah, for indeed the Messenger -صلى الله عليه و سلم- ordered with it 3 times in an authentic hadith:

“Pray before maghrib, pray before maghrib, pray before maghrib for whoever wills”(1)

His statement “for whoever wills” indicates his -صلى الله عليه و سلم- disliking that the people take it as a Sunnah; ie as a regularly established Sunnah, so praying two units before Maghrib; ie between the adhaan and iqaamah is a sunnah, however it is not a regularly established sunnah.

So it is not befitting to be performed all the time; in contrast to the regular sunnah prayers such as those before Fajr, Dhuhr and Isha, which are prayed consistently except when one is travelling, when it is from the sunnah to not pray any of the regularly performed sunnah prayers of Dhuhr, Maghrib or Isha.

To conclude:

The Messenger of Allah -صلى الله عليه و سلم- said

“Between every two adhaans is a prayer” (2)

Ie between the adhaan and iqaamah is a superogatory prayer, however for Fajr and Dhuhr it is regularly performed and for Asr, Maghrib and Isha it is not regularly performed.

Paraphrased from
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Uthaymeen’s
Majmoo’ rasaail wa fataawa

(1) Bukhaari and Muslim
(2) Bukhaari and Muslim

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Fiqh of Prayer: Concentrating in the Prayer and Blocking Other Thoughts

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Q: “How can we obtain concentration, reverence and humility in the prayer, and when reading the Qur’an in the prayer and outside of it?”

A: “Concentration, reverence and humility is the core of the prayer, and the meaning of it [i.e. khushoo’] is to have a heart that is present and concentrating, and that the heart of the one praying does not wander left and right, here and there. If the person feels something is distracting him away from that khushoo’, then let him seek refuge in Allah from the Shaytaan as the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم ordered.

No doubt the Shaytaan is keen on corrupting all worship and especially the prayer which is the best of worship after the two testimonies of tawheed and faith. So the Shaytaan will come to the one praying and say, “remember such and such, think about such and such”, and so he makes the person digress into such thoughts which there is no benefit to, and in reality they actually disappear from thought as soon as the person finishes the prayer!

So upon the individual is to strive the utmost in submitting to Allah, and if he perceives something overcoming him from these thoughts and whispers then he should seek refuge in Allah whether he is bowing in rukoo’, or sitting in the tashahhud, or otherwise in his prayer.

And from the best of methods that aid a person in khushoo’ in his prayer is that he remembers he is standing in front of his Lord and that he is calling and supplicating to Him the Mighty the Majestic”

[Based on Shaikh ibn ul-Uthaymeen’s response from Fatawa Arkaan ul-Islam p322/323]

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