Is it okay to recite the dua Qunoot ?
Assalamualaikum, I was wondering if it is okay to recite the dua Qunoot and dua of sheikh Sudais in witr as a hanafi Muslim. Answer: ﺑﺴﻢ اﷲ اﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ اﻟﺮﺣﯿﻢ In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In principle, there is no specific dua that must be read in qunoot. However, it is best to read the dua “Allahumma innaa nastaeenuka…”, but if he reads other than it (e.g. Sheikh Sudais’ dua or any dua that does not resemble kalamul naas [i.e. that which is being asked for can only be sought from Allah ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻰ, e.g. forgiveness, entry into Jannah, etc.], it would be permissible. If he reads along with the dua “Allahumma inna nastaeenuka…” another dua, that would be good. Furthermore, if he were to add another dua to “Allahumma inna nastaeenuka…”, it would be best to add that dua which the Prophet ﷺ taught Hasan ﻋﻨﻪ اﷲ رﺿﻲ to read in his qunoot, i.e. “Allahummah dinaa fiman hadayta…”1 Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah Darul Ifta Birmingham
1 Mabsooth lis Sarakhsi (Darul Ma’rifa Beirut), Badai Sanaai (DKI), Al Ikhtiyar li Taleelil Mukhtar (Matba’ Halabi-Cairo), Tuhfatul Fuqahaa (DKI)