I haven’t memorized Dua al Qunoot for the witr prayer. Can I read Sura Ikhlas three times instead? Also, what is salat al tasbeeh and what are its benefits?

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1. One may recite any Du’aa from the Qur’aan and Ahaadith in place of Du’
2. Kindly refer ‘Salaat al-Tasbeeh’ – attached

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Mufti Ebrahim Desai

1. Great virtue has been mentioned for salaatut
tasbeeh in the Hadith. One is rewarded abundantly on offering this salaat.
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had taught this salaat to his
uncle, Hadrat Abbas radiallahu anhu, and said to him that by offering this
salaat, all your future, past, minor and major sins will be forgiven. He
also said to him that if it is possible, he should try to offer this
salaat daily. If it cannot be offered daily, then once a week, if not,
then once a month, if not, then once a year. And if even this is not
possible, then at least once in a lifetime. The method of offering this
salaat is as follows: intention should be made for four rakaats of salaat.
After reciting the thanaa’, Surah Faatihah and another Surah, the person
should recite the following dua fifteen times before going into ruku:

He should then go into ruku and after reading:

three times, he should again recite the above dua ten
He should then stand up from the ruku and after

he should again recite the above dua ten times. He
should then go into sajdah and after reading:

three times, he should again recite the above dua ten
times. After coming up from the first sajdah, he should again recite the
above dua ten times. He should then go for the second sajdah and again
recite it ten times. He should then get up from the second sajdah and sit
and recite it ten times. After reciting it ten times, he should stand up
for the second rakaat. The second rakaat should be offered in the same
manner. When he sits after the second rakaat for at-tahiyyaat, he should
recite this dua ten times first, and then recite the at-tahiyyaat. In this
manner, he should offer all four rakaats.
2. He can recite any Surah that he wishes in these
four rakaats – there is no specific Surah to be recited.
3. If he forgets and recites less than the normal
number of tasbeehs or completely forgets to recite them in any particular
posture, then in the next posture he should also recite those tasbeehs
that he forgot to recite, e.g. he forgot to recite the ten tasbeehs in
ruku and remembered this while he was in sajdah. He should therefore
recite the ten that he forgot as well as the ten tasbeehs of sajdah. In
this case he will actually have to recite twenty tasbeehs in his sajdah.
It should be remembered that 75 tasbeehs have to be read in one rakaat and
300 tasbeehs in four rakaats. If one recites 300 tasbeehs in four rakaats,
he will Insha-Allah get the reward of salaatut tasbeeh. But if he did not
complete this number in the four rakaats, this salaat will become a nafl
salaat and will no longer be salaatut tasbeeh.
4. If sajdah-e-sahw becomes wajib for some reason or
the other, the tasbeehs will not be recited in both the sajdahs of sahw
nor in the qa’dah thereafter.
5. Sajdah-e-sahw does not become wajib for completely
forgetting the tasbeehs or for reciting less than the stipulated number.

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