What to Read in Witr If You Don’t Know Dua Qunoot? Read This!

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “what to read in Witr if you don’t know dua Qunoot?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are two important things about “what to read in Witr if you don’t know dua Qunoot?” which I will explain in this article. Two important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Is Dua Qunoot Mandatory in Witr?
  2. What to Read in Witr If You Don’t Know Dua Qunoot?

Is Dua Qunoot Mandatory in Witr?

First important thing about “what to read in Witr if you don’t know dua Qunoot?” what I will explain now is “is dua Qunoot mandatory in Witr?”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because that is the basic thing in this discussion that must be understood well. In addition, there are some Muslims who do not understand it well.

Before I explain about “is dua Qunoot mandatory in Witr?”, I will quote some hadiths about Qunoot. Of course, it is closely related to this discussion. Some of the hadiths I mean are as follows:

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ قَنِتَ شَهْرًا , بَعْدَ رُكُوْعٍ , يَدَعْوُا عَلَى أَحْيَاءٍ مِنَ الْعَرَبِ ثُمَّ تَرَكَهُ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Anas radliyallahu anhu, “That the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam did Qunoot for one month, after bowing. He prayed to defeat a group of Arabs, then he left (did not do Qunoot).” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

وَلِأَحْمَدَ وَالدَّارُقُطْنِيِّ وَنَحْوِهِ مِنْ وَجْهٍ آخَرٍ , وَزَادَ : وَأَمَّا فِيْ الصُّبْحِ فَلَمْ يَزَلْ يَقْنَتُ حَتَّى فَارَقَ الدُّنْيَا

Ahmad and ad-Darquthni have a history of the same hadith but from other transmission lines. There is an additional editorial hadith, “As for Fajr prayer, he always performs Qunoot until he dies.”

In the context of Witr prayer, Witr prayer is not an obligation for Muslims. They wouldn’t have sinned even if they didn’t do that. In Islam, the Witr prayer is one of the recommended types of prayer. In other words, the Witr prayer is a Sunnah prayer. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

عَنْ جَابِرٍ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَامَ فِيْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ انْتَظَرُوْهُ مِنَ الْقَابِلَةِ فَلَمْ يَخْرُجْ وَقَالَ ؛ إِنِّيْ خَشِيْتُ أَنْ يُكْتَبَ عَلَيْكُمْ الْوِتْرُ . رَوَاهُ ابْنُ حِبَّانٍ

From Jabir bin Abdillah radliyallahu anhuma, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam performed tarawih prayer during the month of Ramadan. Then they waited for him the next night, but he did not come out (the house) and said, “Indeed I am worried that the Witr prayer will be obliged to you.” The hadith is narrated by Ibn Hibban.

عَنْ عَلِيٍّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ أَوْتِرُوْا يَا أَهْلَ الْقُرْآنِ فَإِنَّ اللهَ وِتْرٌ يُحِبُّ الْوِتْرَ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةٌ

From Ali radliyallahu anhu, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Pray Witr, O Ahul Quran! Indeed, Allah is one and likes the Witr prayer.” The hadith is narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

Another reason why Witr prayer is not obligatory in Islam is because Muslims can do it with different rakats. They can do that with one rakat, three rakats, five rakats, and so on. We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

عَنْ أَبِيْ أَيُّوْبَ الْأَنْصَارِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ ؛ الْوِتْرُ حَقٌّ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ ، مَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِخَمْسٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ ، وَمَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِثَلَاثٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ ، وَمَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُوْتِرَ بِوَاحِدَةٍ فَلْيَفْعَلْ . رَوَاهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ إِلَّا التِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Abu Ayyub al-Ansari radliyallahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Prayer is the obligation of every Muslim. Whoever likes the five rakats, then he will do it. Whoever likes three rakats, then let him do. Anyone who likes one rakat, then let him do.” The hadith is narrated by four people except at-Tirmidhi (Abu Daud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

Now, if you ask me “is dua Qunoot mandatory in Witr?”, the answer is “No. Dua Qunoot is not mandatory in Witr.” The reason is because Witr is not an obligatory prayer in Islam.

That’s a brief explanation of “is dua Qunoot mandatory in Witr?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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