What Is the Difference between Shaf` and Witr?

What Is the Difference between Shaf` and Witr?

The Difference between Shaf` and Witr

Almighty Allah says:

“And [by] the even [number] and the odd”. (Al-Fajr 89:3) 

Witr Prayer is a single prayer (an odd number of rak`ahs) performed during the time between `Isha’ (Night Prayer) prayer and Fajr prayer. It must be the last prayers to be offered before the Fajr prayer (Dawn). It is also preferred to be offered at the last third of the night.

Shaf` in Arabic refers to pairs or even numbers, and is the opposite of witr which means odd-numbered.

Ibn Hibban narrated from Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) that he used to separate between his even-numbered prayer (shaf`) and odd-numbered prayer with a tasleem, and he said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do that. 

This hadith indicates that what is meant by shaf` is two rak`ahs before the one rak`ah (unit of prayer) of witr.

To know more about the rulings of shaf` and witr, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.



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Source: Huda Youtube Channel. 

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The `Isha’ Prayer

The `Isha’ Prayer

From this video learn step by step how to perform “Isha’ Prayer from the beginning with takbir to Tasleem (termination of salah).

Enjoy listening to the verses recited with khushu’ and learn the movements made in each rak`ah including sujud (prostration) and ruku` (bowing).

 

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Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Fajr Prayer is Like a Good Investment

Some Muslims offer Fajr prayer in congregation.

No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer.

By: Bilal Elsakka

Why is it easy for us to wake up extra early for work, but hard for us to wake up extra early for prayer in the masjid (mosque)?

Why is it so easy to watch a movie for two hours, but so hard to pray two rak`ahs (units of Islamic prayer) before Fajr (Dawn prayer)?

Why is it that we get excited when going to a friend’s house, but feel lethargic when encouraged to go to Allah’s (Exalted is He) house when He created that friend we love so much?

Bismillah (In the name of Allah)

Dear brothers, sisters, and respected elders,

I post this with pure intentions and an optimistic attitude regarding our attendance (of our youth especially) in the masjid at Fajr time. A few sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are listed below regarding the importance of praying `Isha’ (late evening prayer) and, in particular, Fajr in the masjid (mosque). This is a beneficial reminder for myself a dozen times before it is for a single other person. That being said, I humbly request you, the reader, to invest a few short minutes to read a few potentially life-changing sentences.

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) reported, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: ‘One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed prayer the whole night.’” (Muslim)

`Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying: “He who attends `Isha’ in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for half of the night; and he who attends the `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is as if he has performed prayer for the whole night.” (At-Tirmidhi)

“If they knew the merits of prayer after nightfall (`Isha’) and the morning (Fajr) prayer, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr prayer and the `Isha’ prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Any businessman would tell us that this is a good investment—a good deal. Let us think about it: praying `Isha’ and Fajr in congregation in the masjid, which takes comparatively little time, earns the reward of having prayed the entire night—the entire night! Could we ask for a better deal?! Fortunately for all of us, this sale is offered every night and every morning. May Allah guide us all to take full advantage of it.

May Allah guide us to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid at least once a week. May Allah guide us to consistently encourage others to pray Fajr and `Isha’ in the masjid. May Allah give us the best relationships with each of our parents. May Allah bless us with a good understanding of Islam. May Allah give us the best character, like that of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) a mercy sent to all of mankind. And last, but definitely not least, may Allah gather us together in the highest rank in paradise.

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Source: www.suhaibwebb.com

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How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

How to Wake up for Night and Fajr Prayer

Wake up for Fajr Prayer!

The Night Prayer is the habit of the true believers who turn to Allah, complain to Him their affairs, and ask Him for His favor. It is one of the greatest worships that strengthen one’s faith and encourage one to do the good deeds and avoid the bad ones. There are many texts that explain the virtues of Night Prayer:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of prayer after the obligatory (five) prayers is night prayer” (Muslim)

Fajr (Dawn) Prayer

A Muslim must strictly observe offering Fajr prayer due to the fact that angels are sent down by Allah Almighty to witness the Fajr prayer offered by a Muslim. Allah says:

Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. ( Al-Israa’ 17:78)

In this short video, Sheikh Ahmad Saeed provides some tips that could help the Muslim to wake up at night:

1- Do not eat food after `Isha’ Prayer,

2- Take a nap after the Dhuhr Prayer which is a missed Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

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Source: Digital Mimbar Youtube Channel.

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Tarawih Prayer: Excellence and Virtues

Tarawih Prayer: Excellence and Virtues

Tarawih Prayer

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “He who observes Tarawih prayer (night prayer during Ramadan) throughout Ramadan, out of sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward will have his past sins pardoned..” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Taraweeh prayer is one of the highlighted acts of worship that is offered during the nights of Ramadan after performing the obligatory `Isha’ and before the witr.

Sheikh Ismail Rufai talks in brief about the virtues and excellence of the night prayer in light of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

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Source: Huda TV.

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