Are you curious to know why people recite Dua Qunoot (دعائے قنوت) ? Well, dua witr was first recited by our Holy Prophet SAW and is one of the most powerful Sunnahs amongst the Muslims. This dua is not mandatory but is the sunnah of our Prophet SAW.
Similarly, It is the best way to build a connection between the supplicator and His Creator. It conveys many messages, such as humbleness, humility, repentance, obedience, and gratitude.
To give you a complete guide on witr dua we have created this detailed guide to let you explore its different forms, translation, transliteration, when to read it along with its benefits. This blog will help you to understand the power of duas for qunoot.
Dua e Qanoot Meaning
The word Dua Kanoot or Duaa e Qunoot is composed of two words, “dua” and “Qanoot” or “kanoot”. The word “dua” means “supplication”, while the word “Qunoot” or “Kanoot” is derived from “Kanata”, which means “standing humble”, “being obedient”, or “surrendering”. Therefore, the Qunoot dua is a special type of supplication that Muslims recite in the Witr of namaz Isha and know as dua for witr.
Basically, Dua Kanood is a supplication; praying means that we are surrendering to Allah and making a promise never to disobey His orders again. It’s a dua we use to ask for help from our Creator during tough times.
2 Versions of Dua al Qunoot:
Dua Qunoot Shafi
Dua Qunoot Transliteration
To make our students learn this dua by heart, we also provide its transliteration.
Here it is;
“Allahumma inna nasta-eenoka wa nastaghfiruka wa nu’minu bika wa natawakkalu alaika wa nusni alaikal khair, wa nashkuruka wala nakfuruka wa nakhla-oo wa natruku mai yafjuruka, Allah humma iyyaka na’budu wa laka nusalli wa nasjud wa ilaika nas aaa wa nahfizu wa narju rahma taka wa nakhshaa azaabaka inna azaabaka bil kuffari mulhik”
Translation of Dua e Qunoot in English
The students can memorize Dua e Qunoot, if they are provided with its proper translation. This is necessary for the student for quick learning and prompt memorization. We are offering you the details of its English translation below;
Dua for qunoot Urdu translation
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Duaa’ Qunoot Hanafi
Dua Qunoot Transliteration
For better and deeper understanding of this dua, we provide you classes of Dua e Qunoot Transliteration. By learning this, you can learn about the significance of memorizing this dua.
“Allahumma ihdini feeman hadayt, wa a’fini fiman afait, wa tawallani fiman tawallait, wa barik Li fima atait, wa qini sharra ma qadait, fa Innaka taqdi wa la yuqda Alaik, wa innahu la yadhillu man walait, [wa la yaizzu man adayt], tabarakta Rabbana wa ta’alait”
English Translation Dua Qunoot
Dua qunoot witr with Urdu translation
Which Duwaye Qunut of the two is the correct one?
According to Ibn Uqayl al Hanbali (PBUH) the Mustahab version is the “Allahumma ihdini feeman hadayta”. This is because this version was the one which our Prophet SAW used to read as a dua of witr as narrated by al Hassan ibn Ali.
However, Ibn Uqayl al Hanbali also said that if one adds the words to the Mustahab duas, there is nothing wrong with it. If one adds “Allahumma inna nasta inuka” (narrated by Hazrat Umar R.A) to the Dua e Qunoot allahummahdini fiman hadait, then it is correct and acceptable also.
When to read Dua e Qunoot?
There are different answers to this question according to different Islamic schools of thought.
According to Hanafi, the dua e kunut should be recited in Witr. In some circumstances, it can also be read in other prayers as well. However, there is a condition for it: the Imam should read it loudly, and the Muqtadi will answer it as “Ameen”.
When to recite Dua for Qunoot in Witr?
Qunut Dua can be recited in the third Rak’ah of Isha prayer after Surah Fatiha and reciting any other Surah. It is recommended that it should be recited with focus from the core of our heart. In this way, we will not only focus on its meaning but also gain maximum benefits from it.
The hadees about when to recite Dua Qanoot given below:
Narrated by Ubayy bin Ka’bt: The Messenger of Allah SAW used to pray witr with three rak’ahs. In the first he would recite: “Glorify the Name of Your Lord, the Most High”, in the second: “Say: O you disbelievers!”, and in the third: “Say: He is Allah, (the) One”. And he would say the Qunut before bowing, and when he finished he would say: Subhanal-Malikil-Quddus (Glory be to the Sovereign, the Most Holy) three times, elongating the words the last time”.
(Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan an-Nasa’i 1699)
Should we read Qunoot dua in Witr before or after Rukuh?
Scholars say that a person can recite dua e qunoot before and after Rukuh as well; both ways are acceptable. Some say that it is better to recite it before Rukuh, but reciting it after Rukuh is not wrong either.
Narrated by Muhammad bin Seereen: Anas was asked, “Did the Prophet (ﷺ) recite Qunut in the Fajr prayer?” Anas replied in the affirmative. He was further asked, “Did he recite Qunut before bowing?” Anas replied, “He recited Qunut after bowing for some time (for one month).”
(Sahih al-Bukhari 1001)
Dua qunoot benefits
There are many spiritual as well as daily life benefits of dawa e qunoot. It helps us achieve success in various parts of our life. Some of them are given below:
Strengthens our faith and relationship with Allah.
It allows us to strengthen our faith by helping us to stay focused and steadfast on what Allah likes. By this dua we beg Allah to add us in His Loved people and guide us. We praise Him and show gratitude for what He has given us. In this way, He acknowledges our gratefulness. Consequently, our relationship with Allah becomes stronger.
Helps us reflect on our sins and repent them.
Reduces anxiety and calms our mind and heart.
Gives us Guidance
Increases barakah (Barkat) in our Rizq.
Safety from Evil
The Duaa Qunoot holds great importance as Hazrat Muhammad SAW always started reciting this dua in the time of problem or disaster. It has many spiritual as well as material benefits.
However, one should recite it with devotion and humbleness to get the best rewards.
There are many misunderstandings prevailing between us about this dua, and thus, we have tried to clear all those through our blog. If you want to know more about some other duas like this, you can take our Islamic supplications course here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to pray witr if you don't know dua qunoot?
It is important to memorize al qunoot dua, but it can be read from paper till memorized.
Is witr mandatory or fard?
The majority of scholars believe that the Witr is not compulsory. However, the Hanafis believe that the Witr prayer is obligatory (Wajib) and is a right (owed to Allah). So, if it is missed, we have to make it up (pray Qaza).
Is dua e kunoot from the Quran?
No, Qunut dua is not from the Quran, but it is the sunnah of Hazrat Muhammad SAW. Our Prophet SAW used to recite this dua.
Can you read any dua in Witr?
Yes, one can read any dua in place of dua Qunood as long as that dua contains words of supplications. It is also narrated by scholars that there is no restriction on reciting the dua in the same words as recited from our Prophet SAW.
A person can add words to this dua, or he can also say other Duas or Quranic verses in place of this one. It is better to recite what our Prophet SAW recited, but other supplications are also acceptable
Can you read tahajjud after Witr?
Witr is considered the last prayer of the day. Our Prophet Muhammad SAW used to pray Witr after praying Tahajjud.
How to pray Isha Witr?
- In the third Rak’ah of namaz, Isha Witr, after reciting Surah Fatiha, and other Surah, go into Ruk’uh.
- After standing from bowing, one should elevate his hands to chest level and then put them together as we do so while making dua or begging for something.
- Following that, recite Dua Qunoot, go into Sujood and then end your Witr.
Should we recite Dua-e-Qunoot every night in Witr?
There is nothing wrong with persistently reciting qunoot dua in the Witr, and it is also permissible to omit it sometimes as it is sunnah, not fard. When our Holy Prophet SAW taught this dua to Al-Hassan, he didn’t mention either reciting it regularly or omitting it sometimes. Therefore, it is believed that both ways are acceptable.
Can you pray witr twice?
We can pray after Witr, but it is not permissible to pray Witr twice in one night. Our Prophet SAW said, “There can’t be two Witrs in one night”. However, one can pray any Nafl (optional prayer) after Witr as narrated by Hazrat Aisha R.A that our Prophet SAW used to pray two rak’ahs (Nafl) after witr. We can conclude that as witr is not permissible twice, but praying after witr is permissible.