Praying Tahajjud after praying Witr

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Question:

1. Can namaz-e-tahajud be prayed after vitar?? 2. Is Isha namaz complete/accepted without vitar??
 
Fatwa:
 
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 
 
According to the view of most scholars  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them the Witr prayer is a confirmed Sunnah . However, some scholars  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the opinion that it is an obligation to perform the Witr prayer, but the correct opinion is that it is a sunnah whose reward is great as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) used to perform it.
 
Moreover, the Witr prayer is not a condition for the validity of the ‘Isha prayer. However, it is desirable that the night prayer be ended with Witr as ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar , may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "The prayer of the night is in twos and twos, and if one fears that Fajr (dawn) would break (before having performed his Witr prayer), then he should finish his night prayers by performing one Witr Rak'ah." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
 
Nonetheless, if a person prays after having performed the Witr prayer, then this is permissible because it is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) prayed two Rak’ahs in a sitting position after having performed the Witr prayer, and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) did so to show that this is permissible, as mentioned by the scholars  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them . Nevertheless, one should not do this on a regular basis.
 
Allah Knows best.
 
Fatwa answered by:The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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