There cannot be Two Witr Prayers in One Night – Shaykh Ibn Baz

Question:

Is it permissible to offer two Witr prayers in one night?

Answer:

No one should offer two Witr prayers in one night because the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

There cannot be two Witr prayers in one night.[1]

And he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) also said:

Make the end of your prayer at night Witr. [2]

And he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

Whoever feared that he will not get up at the end of the night should perform Witr at the beginning of it. And whoever desired to stand at the end of it should pray Witr at the end of the night. [3]

If it is easy for the Muslim to perform the night prayer at the end of the night, he should seal his prayer with one Rakah of Witr. Whoever found difficulty in this should perform his Witr at the start of the night.

And if Allaah makes it easy for him (after that) to stand in prayer, he should offer what he can in units of two Rakahs, and he need not repeat the Witr, for the first Witr is sufficient for him, according to the aforementioned Hadith which is:

There cannot be two Witr prayers in one night. [4]

[1] Abu Dawud no. 1439 and At-Tirmithi no. 470
[2] Al-Bukhari no. 990 and Muslim nos. 151, 751
[3] Muslim no. 755
[4] Abu Dawud no. 1439 and At-Tirmithi no. 470

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 298
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