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Salaamun Alaykum 

The following question on Namaaz-e-Shab was kindly answered by Ma'alim Mustafa
Jaffer.   

Jazakallah

With Duas and Salaams

Maqbul Rahim
Acting Moderator for ABDG-A 
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Question:
My question  is about Namaz-e-Shab. Please inform me the time within which
Namaz-e-Shab can be  offered,  what are the  prayers (to be offered) in 
Namaz-e-Shab. I am in  taqleed of  Al-Sayyed  Ali Seestani. 

Answer:
In the name of the Almighty
"The time for Namaz-e-Shab is from midnight till Adhaan for Fajr prayers,
and it is better to offer it nearer the time of Fajr prayers."   Mas'alah 781 Pg
151
 Ay.Seestani's Resalah in English by WF. Also in his Mas'alah 782 on the same
page it is stated that " A traveller (i.e. one on a journey), and a person who
finds it difficult to offer Namaaz-e-Shab after midnight, can offer it before
midnight."  

Namaz-e-shab is eight rakaats (four times two rakaats) followed by two
rakaat Namaz-e-Shaf' and thereafter one rakat Namaz-e-Witr making a total of
eleven rakaats.
The essence of the whole namaz-e-shab lies in the last  two prayers, the
namaz-e-shaf and witr.
In namaz-e-witr (which is only one rakaat), there is a qunoot in which the
left hand is raised and the right hand used to hold the tasbeeh used for
keeping count of the dhikr to be recited. It is recommended that the
following be recited in the qunoot:
a) Laa ilaaha illallaahul Halimul Karim
   Laa ilaaha illallaahul Aliyyul Azim
   Subhaanallaahi Rabbus Samaawaatis Sab' wa Rabbul Arzinas Sab'
   wa maa fihinna wa maa baynahunn wa Rabbul 'Arshil Azim
   Wal Hamdul lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalamin
   Wa swallallaahu 'Alaa Muhammadin wa Aalihit Taahirin.
b) Allaahummagh Firli.....(mention forty names of relatives and friends  who you
want Allah to forgive)
c) Astaghfirullaaha Rabbi wa atubu Ilayh (70 times)
d) Haadhaa Maqaamul 'Aaidhi bika minannaari Yaa Rab (7 times)
e) Al-'Afwa (300 times)
and then complete the namaz in its normal way. 

May the Almighty grant all of us the strength and tawfiq to recite this
prayer and may He accept the same.

Mustafa Jaffer
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