Dua Qunoot is a very important prayer that is performed during salah in seeking Allah’s guidance and assistance in times of distress and calamity.
While Dua Qunut is not explicitly mentioned in the Quran, the Quran emphasizes the importance of supplication and seeking Allah’s help.
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَQuran 2:186
And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad ) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.Translation of Quran 2:186
What is the Dua of Qunoot?
Dua Qunoot is a special prayer that is observed during Fajr and Witr prayer before or after bowing in the last rakat. This prayer is to be observed while standing.
What can I recite in place of Dua Qunoot?
Here is the Dua Qunoot in Arabic, alongside its translation and transliteration:
Dua Qunoot in Arabic:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْتَعِينُكَ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَنُؤْمِنُ بِكَ وَنَتَوَكَّلُ عَلَيْكَ وَنُثْنِئْ عَلَيْكَ الْخَيْرَ وَنَشْكُرُكَ وَلَا نَكْفُرُكَ وَنَخْلَعُ وَنَتْرُكُ مَنْ يَفْجُرُكَ
اَللَّهُمَّ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَلَكَ نُصَلِّئُ وَنَسْجُدُ وَإِلَيْكَ نَسْعَىٰ وَنَحْفِدُ وَنَرْجُو رَحْمَتَكَ وَنَخْشَىٰ عَذَابَكَ ۚ إِنَّ عَذَابَكَ بِالْكُفَّارِ مُلْحَقٌDua Qunoot in Arabic
Dua 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 forsake and abandon those who disobey You. O Allah! You alone we worship and to You we pray and prostrate and towards You, we hasten and hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment. Surely, Your punishment will overtake the disbelievers.”Translation of Dua Qunoot
Dua Qunoot Transliteration:
“Allahumma innā nasta’īnuka wa nastaghfiruka wa nu’minu bika wa natawakkalu ‘alayka wa nuthni ‘alayka al-khaira wa nashkuruka wa lā nakfuruka wa nakhla’u wa natruku man yafjuruka. Allahumma iyyāka na’budu wa laka nusallī wa nasjudu wa ilayka nas’ā wa nahfidu wa narjū raḥmataka wa nakhshā ‘adhābaka. Innā ‘adhābaka bil-kuffāri mulḥaq.”Transliteration of Dua Qunoot
It was narrated that Al-Hasan bin ‘Ali said: “My grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), taught me some words to say in Qunut of Witr:
اللَّهُمَّ عَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَاهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ إِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ رَبَّنَا تَبَارَكْتَ وَتَعَالَيْتَDua Qunoot in Arabic – Sunan Ibn Majah 1178
O Allah, pardon me along with those whom You have pardoned, be an ally to me along with those whom You are an ally to, guide me along with those whom You have guided, protect me from the evil that You have decreed, and bless for me that which You have bestowed. For verily You decree and none can decree over You. He whom You support can never be humiliated. Glory is to You, our Lord, You are Blessed and ExaltedTranslation of Dua Qunoot – Sunan Ibn Majah 1178
Allahumma ‘afini fiman ‘afait, wa tawallani fiman tawallait, wahdini fiman hadait, wa qini sharra ma qadait, wa barik li fima a’tait. Innaka taqdi wa la yuqda ‘alaik, innahu la yudhillu man walait. Subhanaka rabbana tabarakta wa ta’alait.Transliteration of Dua Qunoot – Sunan Ibn Majah 1178
It is important to note that the pronunciation and recitation of Dua Qunoot may vary based on regional accents and individual recitation styles. Muslims are encouraged to learn and recite Dua Qunoot with proper understanding and sincerity, seeking Allah’s guidance and blessings in their prayers and daily lives.
When should Dua Qunoot be recited?
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.”
The Purpose of Reciting Dua Qunoot
Dua Qunoot can address various purposes and themes. It can include seeking forgiveness, protection, guidance, and blessings from Allah. The supplication can be recited in times of calamity, difficulty, or when facing challenges. Muslims recite Dua Qunoot to seek Allah’s help and mercy in their daily lives.
Is Dua Qunoot recited in every prayer?
Dua Qunoot is not recited in every prayer. It is specifically recited in certain prayers, such as the Witr prayer, which is performed after the obligatory Isha prayer. The recitation of Dua Qunoot varies among different schools of thought and can be optional or recommended.
Can Dua Qunoot be made in any language?
Dua Qunoot can be made in any language that the individual understands. While Arabic is the language of the Quran and the preferred language for recitation, supplications can be made in one’s native language for better comprehension and a deeper connection with the words being spoken.
Can Dua Qunoot be made outside of prayer times?
Dua Qunoot can be made outside of prayer times as well. Muslims are encouraged to engage in supplication and seek Allah’s guidance and blessings in all aspects of life. Making Dua Qunoot outside of prayer times can serve as a means of connecting with Allah and seeking His assistance and mercy.