Qunoot In Salat
Qunoot translates to humility and devotion but is largely used to indicate the supplication offered while standing in prayer. It is said that when Rasulullah wanted to supplicate, he would perform Qunoot in the last rakah after the rukoo' and after saying: "sami Allahu li man hamidah" (Allah listens to the one who praises Him); he would then supplicate loudly (Bukhari); raise his hands (Ahmad) and those behind him in salat would say 'Ameen'. (Abu Daud). After which he would prostrate and complete the prayer. It is widely agreed upon that The Prophet (SAW) was known to perform Qunoot in any of the five daily prayers and the odd rakah of the Witr prayer. It is also recommended that we limit the number of times we perform Qunoot as The Prophet (SAW) did not do it all the time. Qunoot is especially useful in times when a calamity befalls a Muslim.
The following dua is recommended although any other can be used depending on the person.
"Allaahummahdinaa feeman hadait, Wa 'aafinaa feeman 'aafait, Watawallanaa feeman tawallait, Wabaarik lanallaahumma feemaa a'atait, Waqinaa wasrif 'annaa bi-fadlika sharra maa qadait, Fa-innaka taqdie bil-Haqqi walaa yuqdaa 'alaik, Wa-innahu laa yadhillu man waalait, walaa ya'izzu man 'aadait, Tabaarakta rabbanaa wata'aalait, Lakal-hamdu 'alaa maa qadait, Nastaghfiruk-allaahumma wanatoobu ilaik."
"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."
- And Allah knows best. May Allah forgive me if I am wrong and guide us to the right path. Ameen.