Hello, I have only heard about Shife' and Witer when I was about 11 and ever since I have been praying them. I asked my mom one time and she says its required to do after salat Isha. When I was recently praying Isha with my friends, I asked if they prayed or even knew about Shife' and Witer. Their response was no. Everyone my age doesn't even know what it is. So my question is if Shife' and Witer is required?
Al Salam Alykom; the short answer is the only obligatory are the five prayers. However differint schools of rulings may have different sayings.
Witr prayer is Sunnah mu’akkadah (a confirmed suunah) according to the majority of scholars, and some of the fuqaha’ regarded it as obligatory.
The fact that it is not obligatory is indicated by the hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari (1891) and Muslim (11) from Talhah ibn ‘Ubayd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: A man came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what prayers has Allaah enjoined on me?” He said: “The five prayers, unless you do anything voluntarily.” The version narrated by Muslim says: “Five prayers every day and night.” He said: “Do I have to do anything else?’ He said, “No, unless you do it voluntarily.”
That is the short answer; hope it helps.
May Allah bless.