Was My Witr Prayer on Time despite Hearing the Call to the Fajr Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

If someone was praying Witr and Fajr adhan was called in during the third cycle, did they complete Witr on time?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

It is obligatory to start and finish the prayer within its time, and doing otherwise without a legitimate excuse is wrong and sinful. Thus your Witr prayer has not been prayed on time if the Fajr time enters while you are still praying the Witr prayer.

Allah, Most High, says: “Prayer is obligatory for the believers at prescribed times.” [Quran, 4:103]

Nonetheless, this Witr prayer that has been prayed while the Fajr time has entered remains valid. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah knows best.
Wassalam
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found.

Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others.

He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.