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Reciting (Surah) Al-Ikhlas in Witr is not Obligatory
Question:

Is the recitation of Surah As-Samad [1] a condition for the acceptance of Witr or is it allowed for a person to recite any Surah in Witr?
Answer:

Reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas in Witr is not a condition for the acceptance of Witr, it is only a Sunnah according to the narration of Ahmad, Abu Dawud and An-Nasai, on the authority of Ubayy bin Kab and Ibn Abbas in which it is stated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) used to pray Witr with Surah Al-Ala, Surah Al-Kafirun and Surah Al-Ikhlas.[2] But if any other Surahs are recited, the prayer will be correct, but he will lose the reward of following the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam).

[1] Surah As-Samad: Surah Al-Iklas. [2] An-Nasai nos. 1700-1702 and Abu Dawud no. 1423.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 307
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