Scholarly Differences on Witr Prayer
Prayer is either obligatory (Wajib) or supererogatory (Sunnah). The most important of prayers are the obligatory five daily prayers. There is a consensus among Muslims that the one who denies or doubts their obligation is not a Muslim, as these prayers are among the pillars of Islam.
There are slight differences among the schools of Fiqh on how we pray, based on the available hadiths and references to each one of those scholars. For example, the Hanafi Madhhab are of the view that it is permissible to pray the three rak`ahs of witr continuously with a tashahhud after the second rak`ah similar to the Maghrib Prayer. However, the majority of scholars are of the view that it is permissible to pray the three rak`has of witr without sitting in the middle for tashahhud.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended us to keep offering the witr Prayer, Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Make Witr prayer the last of your Salah at night.” (Agreed Upon)
`Ali ibn Abui Talib narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is Witr (single, odd) and loves what is Witr. So perform Witr prayer. O followers of Qur’an, observe Witr (prayer).” (Abu Dawud)
For more information about the differences between the schools of Fiqh on witr prayer, enjoy watching this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.