Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt
I recite the following ‘qunūt du‘ā’ in the third raka’ah of the witr ṣalāh.
اللهم إنا نستعينك ونستهديك، ونستغفرك ونتوب إليك، ونؤمن بك ونتوكل عليك، ونثني عليك الخير كله، نشكرك ولا نكفرك، ونخلع ونترك من يفجُرُك، اللهم إياك نعبد، ولك نصلي ونسجد، وإليك نسعى ونحفِد، نرجو رحمتك ونخشى عذابك، إن عذابك الجِدَّ بالكفار مُلحِقَ
Someone recently confronted me stating that there is no basis or evidence for this ‘qunūt. Can you kindly clarify?
بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Jazāk Allāh Khayr for contacting us in regards to your query.
To answer your concern, kindly note that the ‘qunūt supplication’ you have described is valid and found in numerous reliable ḥadīths and reports. Here below I point out some reports with relevant references.
This qunūt was taught to the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) by the angel Jibrīl. (See Abū Dāwūd & Mudawwanāt Al Kubrā)
- This qunūt was recited by the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) in witr. (See Bayhaqī)
- This qunūt was recited by ‘Omar Ibn Al Khaṭṭāb (may Allāh be pleased with him). (See Ṭaḥāwī, Muṣannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah, Sunan Al Bayhaqī and Kanz Al ‘Ommāl)
- ‘Alī Ibn Abī Ṭālib (may Allāh be pleased with him) would recite this qunūt. (See Al Mudawwanah & I’elā Al Sunan)
- Ibn ‘Abbās (may Allāh be pleased with him) states, this qunūt was recited by Abbās (may Allāh be pleased with him) and also by Abū Mūsā (may Allāh be pleased with him). (See Al Itqān)
It should be noted that reciting the above qunūt in witr prayer, is considered sunnah according to the Ḥanafī school, however other reported wordings of the qunūt prayer may also be recited or preferably attached to this qunūt. (See Al Dur, Rad Al Muhtār & I’elā Al Sunan)
And Allāh Knows Best
This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.