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Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Witr


by Abu Dawood, translation by Prof. Ahmad Hasan
Narrated Sa'd ibn AbuWaqqas:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) passed by me while I was supplicating by pointing with two fingers of mine. He said: Point with one finger; point with one finger. He then himself pointed with the forefinger.

Narrated Sa'd ibn AbuWaqqas:

Once Sa'd, with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), visited a woman in front of whom were some date-stones or pebbles which she was using as a rosary to glorify Allah. He (the Prophet) said: I tell you something which would be easier (or more excellent) for you than that. He said (it consisted of saying): "Glory be to Allah" as many times as the number of that which He has created in Heaven; "Glory be to Allah" as many times as the number of that which He has created on Earth; "Glory be to Allah" as many times as the number of that which He has created between them; "Glory be to Allah" as many times as the number of that which He is creating; "Allah is most great" a similar number of times; "Praise (be to Allah)" a similar number of times; and "There is no god but Allah" a similar number of times; "There is no might and no power except in Allah" a similar number of times.

Narrated Yusayrah, mother of Yasir:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) commanded them (the women emigrants) to be regular (in remembering Allah by saying): "Allah is most great"; "Glory be to the King, the Holy"; "there is no god but Allah"; and that they should count them on fingers, for they (the fingers) will be questioned and asked to speak.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As:

I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) counting the glorification of Allah on fingers.

Ibn Qudamah said (in his version: "With his right hands".

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) went out from Juwayriyyah (wife of the Prophet). Earlier her name was Barrah, and he changed it. When he went out she was in her place of worship, and when he returned she was in her place of worship.

He asked: Have you been in your place of worship continuously? She said: Yes. He then said: Since leaving you I have said three times four phrases which, if weighed against all that you have said (during this period), would prove to be heavier: "glory be to Allah", and I begin with praise of Him to the number of His creatures, in accordance with His good pleasure, to the weight of His throne and to the ink (extent) of His words.

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Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah)
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat)
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Details of Commencing Prayer
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Rules of Law about the Prayer during Journey
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Prayer at Night
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Ramadan
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Prostration while reciting the Qur'an
Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Witr
Zakat (Kitab Al-Zakat)
The Rites of Hajj (Kitab Al-Manasik Wa'l-Hajj)
Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah)
Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)
Fasting (Kitab Al-Siyam)
Jihad (Kitab Al-Jihad)
Sacrifice (Kitab Al-Dahaya)
Game (Kitab Al-Said)
Wills (Kitab Al-Wasaya)
Shares of Inheritance (Kitab Al-Fara'id)
Tribute, Spoils, and Rulership (Kitab Al-Kharaj, Wal-Fai' Wal-Imarah)
Funerals (Kitab Al-Jana'iz)
Oaths and Vows (Kitab Al-Aiman Wa Al-Nudhur)
Commercial Transactions (Kitab Al-Buyu)
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Knowledge (Kitab Al-Ilm)
Drinks (Kitab Al-Ashribah)
Foods (Kitab Al-At'imah)
Medicine (Kitab Al-Tibb)
Divination and Omens (Kitab Al-Kahanah Wa Al-Tatayyur)
Dialects and Readings of the Qur'an (Kitab Al-Huruf Wa Al-Qira'at)
Hot Baths (Kitab Al-Hammam)
Clothing (Kitab Al-Libas)
Combing the Hair (Kitab Al-Tarajjul)
Signet-Rings (Kitab Al-Khatam)
Trials and Fierce Battles (Kitab Al-Fitan Wa Al-Malahim)
The Promised Deliverer (Kitab Al-Mahdi)
Battles (Kitab Al-Malahim)
Prescribed Punishments (Kitab Al-Hudud)
Types of Blood-Wit (Kitab Al-Diyat)
Model Behavior of the Prophet (Kitab Al-Sunnah)
General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)
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