Dua of Qunut in Witr Prayer
There is not just one but more than one du’a of qunut that have been mentioned in the sources; one can read anyone of them or all of them. Below are two of the most popular ones:
The First One:
Allahumma inna nasta'inuka wa nastaghfiruka wa nastahdika wa nu'minu bika wa natubu ilayk; wa natawwakkalu 'alayka wa nuthni 'alayka'l-khayra kullahu nashkuruka wa la nakfuruk. Wa nakhla'u wa natruku man yaf-juruk. Allahumma iyyaka na'budu wa laka nusalli wa nasjudu wa ilayka nas'a wa nahfidu; narju rahmataka wa nakhsa 'adhabaka inna 'adhabaka bi'l-kuffari mulhiq. wa salla Allaahu alaa sayyidinaa al-nabiyyi wa aalihi wa sallam.
(O Allah, we seek Your assistance and ask for Your guidance; we beseech Your forgiveness and return to You in repentance; we cherish faith in You and place our trust in You; we attribute all goodness unto You; we are grateful unto You and refuse to be ungrateful unto You; we abandon and forsake all those who reject You. O Allah, You alone we worship, unto You alone we pray; unto You alone we prostrate, and unto You alone we strive forth; and unto You alone we flee for refuge. We cherish hope in Your mercy and we fear Your retribution. Verily, Your punishment is bound to catch up with those who reject the truth.)
The Second One:
Allahumm-ahdinii fiman hadait, wa 'afini fiman 'aafait, wa tawallani fiman tawwallait, wa barik li fima a'atait, wa qini sharra ma qadaiyta, fainnaka taqdhi wa la yuqdha 'alaika, innahu la yadhillu man walaiyt, wa la yai'izzu man 'aadait, tabarakta Rabbana wa ta'aalaita.
(O Allah, guide us with those You have guided aright. Grant us wellness with those that You have granted wellness. Protect us with those You have protected. Bless us in what you have bestowed on us, and guard us against Your evil decree, for You alone decree, and no one can decree against You. One whom You have patronized can never be despised and the one whom You have antagonized can never become honored. Our Lord, You are the most exalted and glorious.).
After having said any or both of the above du’as, one should close it off by saying the benediction on the Prophet, peace be on him, as follows:
wa salla Allaahumaa alaa muhammadin wa aalihi wa sallam
(O Allah, bless Muhammad and his family and shower them with peace)
Finally, it is perhaps worthy of mentioning that the followers of the Hanafi School usually recite the first du’a, while the followers of the Shafi School recite the second one. Many scholars, however, prefer to read both of them, as they are profound in meaning, and thus worthy of reflection.
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