Dua e Qunoot, also known as Qunut dua or dua qunoot, is a dua our Prophet SAW has taught us, which we should recite in witr prayer. There are different versions of this dua narrated from different hadith, and the schools of thought have reasons for choosing the dua they have.
Dua e Qunoot Translation
O Allah! We implore You for help and beg forgiveness of You and believe in You and rely on You and extol You and we are thankful to You and are not ungrateful to You and we alienate and forsake those who disobey You. O Allah! You alone do we worship and for You do we pray and prostrate and we betake to please You and present ourselves for the service in Your cause and we hope for Your mercy and fear Your chastisement. Undoubtedly, Your torment is going to overtake infidels O Allah!
Dua e Qunoot Transliteration
Allah humma 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
Hanafi Opinion on Dua Qunoot
For those who follow the Hanafi school of thought, the dua above will be read. And this will be read in the third rakat of witr salah, before going into ruku.
The way to do this is, after reciting Surah Fatiha and another surah like surah Ikhlas for example, you will raise your hands and say takbeer. Then tie your hands below your navel again, and recite dua e qunoot.
Until you are able to memorize the above du’a which is the sunna du’a to be recited for the qunut in witr, recite:
“Allahummaghfirli” [O Allah, forgive me] or
“Allahummahdini” [O Allah, guide me] thrice
(or any such du’a that cannot be asked of humans). (Radd al-Muhtar 1:447)
If one forgets to read this dua, or purposely doesn’t pray it, then they will have to do sajda sahwa (prostration of forgetfulness) to make up for it.
Shafi Opinion on Dua Qunoot
The Shafi school of thought recite dua e qunoot mainly in Fajr and in the witr prayer during the second half of Ramadan. It is makrooh to do the qunoot during the witr prayer in other than the second half of Ramadan.
This is recited in the final rakat of each prayer, after getting up from ruku and before going down into sajdah. If one forgets to read this dua, or purposely doesn’t pray it, then they will have to do sajda sahwa (prostration of forgetfulness) to make up for it.
The main qunut dua read by the shawafi’ is the following:
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ وَلاَ يَعِزُّ مَنْ عَادَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ
Transliteration: 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, tabarakta Rabbana wa ta’alait.
Translation: “O Allah guide me among those You have guided, pardon me among those You have pardoned, befriend me among those You have befriended, bless me in what You have granted, and save me from the evil that You decreed. Indeed You decree, and none can pass decree, and none can pass decree upon You, indeed he is not humiliated whom You have befriended, blessed are You our Lord and Exalted.”
Hadith on the Qunoot Dua
The Qunut used to be recited in the Maghrib and the Fajr prayers.Sahih Bukhari
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said:
He was asked about Qunut in the Subh prayer, and he said: “We used to recite Qunut before Ruku’ and afterwards.”Sunan Ibn Majah