Witr Prayer - Is Dua Qunut Fard or Sunnah?
  • Question:

    In witr, is the qunūt fard or sunnah? Also if one does not know the qunūt, can one recite anything else in its place?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    There is difference of opinion amongst the jurists regarding the status of qunūt in witr.

    The Mālikī and Shāfi'īe schools generally do not require qunūt in the witr prayer. The Ḥanafī and Hanbalī schools deem the qunūt recitation necessary in the witr prayer. (Al Fiqh Al Islāmī Wa Adillatuhu)

    If one has not memorized the qunūt, they may recite any dhikr or verse of the Qur’ān in its place, until it is memorized. (Al Fiqh Al Islāmī Wa Adillatuhu)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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