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Dua e Qunoot | Translation, Meaning, History And Benefits

By September 7, 2022No Comments

Islam has five pillars and Sulat is the second pillar of Islam. All Muslims must perform it five times a day. In these five-time prayers, there are many supplications to recite. Dua e Qunoot is one of them and it is usually recited in Isha prayer, especially in Witr Prayer.

Although every prayer of the day is important and is an excellent way to connect with Allah Almighty but the Dua e Qunoot is a special prayer that has been learned by the Muslims to make a great bond with Allah SWT.

Literal Meaning of Dua e Qunoot in Islam

The literal meaning of Dua e Qunoot is “being obedient” or “the act of standing”.

 Linguistically, the word “Qunoot” has many meanings, such as obedience, devotion, and humility.

The Arabic language literally translates this word as “ Al Dua” and takes its meaning as “serenity, peace, humbleness and highly obedient.

History of Dua Qunoot

The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) recited the Dua Qunoot during Witr and Fajr prayers as well as other prayers throughout the year. He would sometimes say it aloud while doing other prayers.

“The Holy Prophet (PBUH) educated me in this dua, and he desired that I repeat it during the Witr prayer,” Ibn Ali said.

According to the narratives of Muhammad ibn ‘Isa at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Abu Dawood, Hasan ibn Ali is attributed to having learned this prayer from the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Dawood continued by claiming that Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.) sometimes started reciting this dua when Muslims faced major difficulties or natural disasters.

Dua Qunoot in Arabic

Dua Qunoot in Arabic
Dua Qunoot in Arabic

Dua Qunoot in English Translation

Dua Qunoot in English Translation
Dua Qunoot in English Translation

Dua Qunoot in Urdu Translation

Dua Qunoot in Urdu Translation
Dua Qunoot in Urdu Translation

Importance of Dua Qunoot

According to different Islamic reports, Hazrat Imam Hasan ibn Ali (RA) made the following remark: “My Grand Father, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), has commanded me to read or recite Dua-e-Qunoot in Witr Prayer.”

Different Views of Islamic Scholars about Dua e Qunoot

Islamic Scholars’

  • Hazrat Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (RA) and Hazrat Imam Shafi (RA)

Reciting Dua e Qunoot is merely a Sunnah. So, if a person forgets or deliberately does not recite it, even though his Witr prayer still remains valid

  • Hazrat Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (RA) and Hazrat Imam Shafi (RA)

If someone doesn’t know this prayer, s/he can recite any other dua in its place to complete this Sunnah

  • Ehl e Hadith Scholars’

Dua e Qunoot is a wajib prayer. Therefore, when someone forgets to recite it, then the missed wajib must be compensated with Sajda-e-Sahw.

 Benefits of Reciting Dua Qunoot

There are many benefits. Here are some listed below:

  1. If someone recites this prayer, Satan will be unable to even approach them while they are saying it. When performed daily, this dua prevents Allah’s enemy, the devil, from coming near the person who recites or reads it.
  1. Someone will be motivated to give Salah if he recites the Dua-e-Qunoot. Following a prayer, reciting this dua will cause Allah to alter the person’s perspective on prayer and spark his interest in the act of worshipping.
  1. The act of expressing the request will satisfy every reasonable demand. Remember at all times that you should never miss Salah, and Allah will grant the requests of the person who says this with sincerity. However, Allah is the one who can grant his countless blessings to anyone.
  1. After reciting this dua, you will see a big rise (Barkatein) in the amount of money you make. If someone does this dua three to four times before the Ashar prayer, then that person will have a lot of financial prosperity.

Dua e Qunoot Alternative /Substitute in Witr

Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim!

(Fatwa: 1487/1489/M=1430)

One who does not remember qunoot by heart should memorize it without any laziness and forgetfulness. And until it is not memorized, instead of qunoot he should recite

ربنا آتنا فی الدنیا حسنۃ وفی الآخرۃ حسنۃ وقنا عذاب النار

 or at least

اللھم اغفرلی thrice.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,

Darul Uloom Deoband, India


FAQs ( Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Is there an easy way to learn dua e qunoot?

Ans:: Easy way to learn dua e qunoot is to listen to it frequently and read with it to memorize it.

Q2: Is dua e qunoot present in Quran?

Ans: Dua e Qunoot is merely a Suunah. It is not present in Quran. The Holy Prophet has taught it to his companions.

Q3: Is dua e qunoot compulsory to recite in witr?

Ans: No! If someone forgets to recite dua e qunoot, even though his prayer will remain valid.

Q4: When dua e qunoot can be recited?

Ans: Isha prayer includes the Dua e Qunoot prayer, which is recited during the last Rakat of Witr. Before going to Ruku or after performing Ruku, Muslims recite this prayer.

Q5: Does dua e qunoot recite before or after Ruku?

Ans: Most Islamic scholars remarked that it is acceptable for the dua e qunoot to be done before or after the Ruku.

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