The Imam in our Masjid recites Qunoot Naazilah regularly (every morning without a break) in every Fajr Salaah after the second Rakaat. The Imam is from the Hanafi school of thought and so is a large part of the congregation. Kindly advise on the status of his action and the Salaah in general.
The recitation of Qunoot in the Fajr Salaah is an abrogated act of Nabi (S.A.W.)
With regards to Qunoot-e-Naazilah, the Jurists have stated that Shari’ah has allowed its recitation in the Fajr prayer only when the Muslims are faced with a severe calamity.
Hazrat Mufti Abdur Raheem Lachpori has mentioned that it is improper to recite Qunoot-e-Naazilah at the occurrence of minor difficulties and to read it for a lengthy period of time as the importance will gradually leave the hearts of the people, if recited on a regular basis.
Hazrat Anas (R.A.) is reported to have said that the Nabi of Allah (S.A.W.) recited the Qunoot for one month and thereafter he stopped reciting. While commenting on this Hadith, Hazrat Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Saheb (R.H.) writes “The words in the Hadith “thereafter he stopped reciting” implies that Nabi (S.A.W.) stopped reading it punctually. Therefore, it should only be recited at the event of an extremely severe calamity.”
It is incorrect according to the Hanafi school of thought to recite Qunoot-e-Naazilah in every Fajr Salaah, without a break. (Raddul Muhtaar, Vol. 2, Page 448-449, Fataawaa Raheemiyah, Vol. 8, Page 140, Fataawaa Mahmoodiyah, Vol. 16, Page 389-390)
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Ebrahim bin Zainul Abedeen Backus
Attested to as correct by:
Mufti Muhammad Ashraf
05 May 2005
26 Rabee’ul Awwal 1426