Should a traveler offer Shaf` (two

Q 4: Should I offer Witr (Prayer with an odd number of units) every night, even while traveling? Should Al-Sunan Al-Rawatib (supererogatory prayers that were stressed and regularly performed by the Prophet) be performed regularly or can they be left sometimes? What is the period during which a Muslim will not be sinful for leaving Al-Sunan Al-Rawatib?


A: First: According to the Sunnah, a Muslim should offer the Witr prayer every night. He should not abandon it in residence or in travel following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) (Part No. 7; Page No. 182) used to offer Witr sometimes on his camel while traveling. Second: Offering Al-Sunan Al-Rawatib before or after the Five Obligatory Daily Prayers is an act of Sunnah in residence and not while traveling. Whoever abandons offering them, is not sinful but misses the reward. However, the supererogatory Prayer performed before the Fajr prayer should be performed, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) observed it in residence and in travel.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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