Qunutal Witar

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Friday, May 28th, 2010

“O’ ALLAH’ We beseech Thee for help and seek Thy protection and believe in Thee and extol Thee and are thankful to thee and are not ungrateful to Thee and we declare ourselves clear of, and forsake him who disobeys Thee. O’ ALLAH! Thee do we serve and for Thee do we perform and prostrate ourselves and to Thee do we betake ourselves and to Thee we are quick, and thy mercy do we hope for, and Thy punishment do we fear, for Thy punishment overakes the unbelievers.”

If any one has not been able to memorize the Qunutul Witr, he may recite the following supplication: “O our Lord, give us the best in this world and in the Hereafter and save us from the Fire (of Hell)” or he may say, [O ALLAH, forgive me] Or he may say thrice (O Lord, O Lord,).

Hadrat Hasan bin Ali (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH taught him some words to say when standing in supplication during Qunutal Witar. They were:

‘O ALLAH, guide me among those thou hast guided, grant me security among those Thou hast granted security, take me into Thy charge bless me in what Thou hast given, guard me from the evil of what Thou hast decreed, for Thou dost decree and nothing is decreed for thee. He whom Thou befriendeth is not humbled. Blessed and exalted art Thou, our Lord. [Tirmizi – Abu Dawud]

Some of the Ulama have preferred the above supplication for recitation as Qunutal Witar. The Supplication which is extant among the Hanafites, is based on the tradition related by Imam lbn abi Shaiba and lmam Tahavi on the authority of Hadrat Umar and Hadrat Abdullah lbn Masud (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu). Allama Shami narrated the opinion of certain Hanfi jurists that it is preferable to recite both the supplications. [Ma’rif -ul- Hadis]

Hadrat Ali (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH used to say at the end of his Witar:

“O ALLAH, I seek refuge in Thy good pleasure from thine anger and in Thy forgiveness from Thy punishment, and I seek refuge in Thy mercy from Thy wrath. I cannot reckon the praise due to Thee.” [Abu Dawud, Tirmizi]

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