Is the following found in Hadith?
Reading of Surah Ikhlas in first rak’ah of Witr, Surah Falaq in second rak’ah and Surah Naas in third rak’ah.
1. Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would [also] recite the following in the three rak’ahs of Witr:
Surah Ikhlas, Surah Falaq and Surah Nas.
(Tahawi, vol.1 pg.285)
This has also been reported as the habit of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhu)
(Fadailul Quran of Ibn Durays, Hadith: 292 and Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 6946)
2. It is also sunnah to recite the following Surahs instead of the above:
Surah A’la, Surah Kafirun and Surah ikhlas.
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1418-1419 and Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 462-463)
This is the more popular format.
See: Sharhul Ihya, vol.3 pg.354-355.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar