Should I Recite the Qunut in the Witr Prayer When Following a Hanafi Imam in the First Half of Ramadan?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

Should I recite the qunut in the witr prayer when following a Hanafi Imam from the 1st to the 15th of Ramadan?

Answer

Thank you for your question.

Witr Behind Hanafi Imam

It is valid for a Shafi’i to pray behind a Hanafi imam. Please see the details here:
Witr Behind Hanafis

Although there are differences in opinion on how the witr prayer should be performed, following another school’s way to perform it, will not invalidate it, at the most, it might be considered disliked (makruh). However, if one is praying behind an imam with a group, uniting with one’s fellow Muslims to worship God, trumps all the differences.

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.