Supplicating to Allaah (swt) and seeking his forgiveness and mercy is a duty upon every Muslim, and is described in numerous ahaadeeth (sayings of the Prophet [saw]) to be the weapon of the believer and ‘The Worship’, as it is a ritual act in Islaam which if offered to anything other than Allaah will take one outside the fold of Islaam.The messenger Muhammad (saw) used to recite Du’aa al-Qunoot during Salaat ul-Fajr, Witr and sometimes during other prayers throughout the year. It is one of those Sunnah’s (Prophetic traditions) which, unfortunately today has been deserted by many Muslims despite the fact that he would make Qunoot regularly and almost on a daily basis. In fact it is Fard al-Kifaayah (sufficient duty) to be offered in Salaat ul-Fajr in Jamaa’ah (at the Masjid) from time to time (not every single Salaah). And it is recommended to recite in the Witr Salaah.It has been narrated in Abou Daawud that the messenger of Allaah (saw) used to recite al-Qunoot whenever he wanted to supplicate against someone (for their destruction) or for someone (the Mujaahideen and sincere Muslims). He would perform the Qunoot in the last Rik’ah of the Salaah after performing Rukoo’ and saying ‘Sami’allaahu liman hamidah – Allaah listens to those who praise him’; then raise his hands (whilst still focusing on the place of Sujood) and supplicate the Qunoot aloud, after which he would then make Sujood and conclude the prayer.Qunoot has many linguistic meanings, such as humility, obedience and devotion. However, it is more understood to be a special du’aa (supplication) which is recited during the prayer which should only be done in the Arabic language. Below is the Qunoot which the messenger of Allaah (saw) used to recite in his prayer. It is important to note that there are many different versions of this du’aa (different narrations), all of which are Saheeh (authentic) and either of them would do. We have also included (next to the transliteration) what to say after the Imaam (if praying in congregation) in order to interact with the du’aa.
ا َلـلـَّــهُـمَّ اهْــدِنـَـا فـِـيْـمَـنْ هَـدَيْـتَ
وَعـَـافـِـنـَـا فـِـيـْـمـَـنْ عـَـافـَـيـْـتَ
وَتـَـوَلـَّـنـَـا فـِـيـْـمـَـنْ تـَـوَلـَّـيـْـتَ
وَبَـار ِكْ لـَـنـَـا الـلـَّـهـُـمَّ فـِـيْـمَـآ أ َعـْـطـَـيـْـتَ
وَقـِـنـَـا وَاصْر ِفْ عـَـنـَّـا بـِـفـَـضْـلـِـكَ شَـرَّ مَا قـَـضَـيـْـتَ
فـَـإ ِنـَّـكَ تـَـقـْـضِـيْ بـِـالـْـحَــقِّ وَلاَ يـُـقـْـضَـى عـَـلـَـيـْـكَ
وَإ ِنـَّـهُ لا يـَـذ ِلُّ مَـنْ وَّالـَـيـْـتَ، وَلاَ يَعـِـزُّ مَـنْ عـَـادَيـْـتَ
تـَـبـَـارَكـْـتَ رَبـَّـنـَـا وَتـَـعـَـالـَـيـْـتَ
لـَـكَ الـْـحـَـمْـد ُ عـَـلـَـى مَـا قــَـضـَـيـْـتَ
نـَـسـْـتـَـغـْـفـِـرُكَ اللـَّـهـُـمَّ وَنـَـتـُـوْبُ إ ِلـَـيـْـكَ
Allaahummahdinaa feeman hadait (Aameen),Wa ‘aafinaa feeman ‘aafait (Aameen),Watawallanaa feeman tawallait (Aameen),Wabaarik lanallaahumma feemaa a’atait (Aameen),Waqinaa wasrif ‘annaa bi-fadlika sharra maa qadait (Aameen),Fa-innaka taqdie bil-Haqqi walaa yuqdaa ‘alaik (Haqqaa),Wa-innahu laa yadhillu man waalait, walaa ya’izzu man ‘aadait (Haqqaa),Tabaarakta rabbanaa wata’aalait (Yaa Allaah),Lakal-hamdu ‘alaa maa qadait (al-Hamdulillaah),Nastaghfiruk-allaahumma wanatoobu ilaik (Astaghfirullaah).
Oh Allaah guide us along with those whom you have guided,And pardon us along with those who you have pardoned,Be an ally to us along with those whom you have allied with,And bless us Oh Allaah with that which you have bestowed upon us,And save us from the evil of what you have decreed,For indeed you decree and none can influence you,And he is not humiliated whom you have befriended, nor is he honoured who is your enemy,Blessed are you, O Lord and Exalted,To you is all the Praise on what you have decreed,We seek your forgiveness Oh Allaah and turn in repentance to you.After reciting this du’aa one can continue supplicating to his Lord until he is content. It is important to note though that whenever you are praying in Jamaa’ah (collectively), the supplications should be in plural form, for example one should say ‘Allaahumma innaa nas-aluka… (Oh Allaah we ask you for…)’, rather than saying ‘Allaahumma innie as-aluka… (Oh Allaah I ask you for)’ which is in the singular form. The singular forms of any du’aa should only recited when you are praying alone and not in Jamaa’ah, however the plural form of any du’aa can be recited alone and/or in Jamaa’ah. For this reason we have provided the above Qunoot in the plural form, for you to recite by yourself or in congregation. However, any singular form verses (from the Qur’aan) can be recited alone and/or in Jamaa’ah, but those who are following the Imaam should repeat the verse after him whilst he is saying it.During the time of Fitnah (trials) it becomes recommended (or obligatory during high level of fitnah) to recite Du’aa al-Qunoot in the prayer. One is obliged to make du’aa for the Mujaahideen and sincerely supplicate to Allaah to grant the Muslim Ummah victory over the enemies of Islaam and make this deen dominate the East and the West. It is always better in Islaam to prefer others above yourself, therefore you should make du’aa for yourself last, after you have asked Allaah (swt) to help others i.e. the Mujaahideen and the Scholars. Below are some examples which you can recite in order to ask Allaah (swt) to help and support the Warriors of Islaam.
اللـَّـهـُـمَّ انـْـصـُـر ِ الـْـمـُـجـَـاهـِـدِيـْـنَ فـِـيْ كـُـــلِّ مـَـــكـَــان
Allaahumman-suril-Mujaahideena fee kulli makaan,Oh Allaah support the Mujaahideen wherever they are
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ انـْــصُـر ِ الـْــمـُـجـَــاهـِــدِيـْــنَ فـِــيْ الــْــعـِـرَاق
Allaahumman-suril-Mujaahideena fil-‘Iraaq,Oh Allaah, support the Mujaahideen in Iraq (you can add any state or city here, for example, you can say ‘fil-Falloojah’ or ‘fee Afghaanistaan’.
Remember to look out for whether the state or city is in the indefinite or definite form though, in which case the pronunciation will be different i.e. either ‘fil…’ or ‘fee…’
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ ثـَــبـِّــتْ قــُــلــُــوْبـَــهـُــمْ
Allaahumma thabbit quloobahum,Oh Allaa
h make their hearts firm (in Eemaan, Taqwaa, Tawakkul etc.)
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ ثـَــبـِّــتْ أ َقـْــدَامـَــهـُــمْ
Allaahumma thabbit aqdaamahum,Oh Allaah make their feet firm (uncompromising and steadfast)
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ انـْــصُـرْهـُــمْ عـَــلـَــى مـَــنْ عـَــادَاهـُــمْ
Allaahumman-surhum ‘alaa man ‘aadaahum,Oh Allaah support them (the Mujaahideen) over those who show animosity to them
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ دَمـِّــرْ أ َعـْــدَائـَــهـُـــمْ
Allaahumma dammir a’adaa-ahum,Oh Allaah destroy their enemies
اللـَّــهـُـمَّ زَلـْــز ِل ِ الأ َرْضَ تــَــحـْــتَ أ َقــْــدَامـِــهــِــمْ
Allaahumma zalzilil-arda tahta aqdaamihim,Oh Allaah shake the earth beneath their (the enemies) feet
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ انـْــصُرْ عـُــلـَــمَاءَ نـَــا
Allaahumman-sur ‘Ulamaa-anaa,Oh Allaah support our scholars
اللـَّــهـُــمَّ ذ ُدْ وَرُدَّ عـَــنـْــهـُــمْ
Allaahumma dhud wa-rudda ‘anhum,Oh Allaah be with them and protect themThese are just some examples which you can use in your supplications.
Please remember that the minimum we can do for our brothers and sisters who are facing attack by the Kuffaar is to make du’aa for them, and this is something which Allaah (swt) will account us for on the Day of Judgement.After supplicating for the Muslim Ummah we recommend that you seek guidance and forgiveness for all your sins, and you can memorise some of the examples which the messenger of Allaah (saw) left behind for us by looking into authentic books of supplications, which contain no innovations or superstitions etc.