Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Ep. 5 – Du’a Qunoot: How to Transform Your Witr

Download the list of du’as from the series here.

Have you ever prayed witr behind an imam and said “ameen” without understanding the du’a he was making? Taught by the Prophet ๏ทบ, it’s called du’a qunootโ€”a comprehensive prayer made every witr salah that consists of five requests. Understanding it can transform your prayer.

In this video, Dr. Tahir breaks down the deep meanings and wisdom behind the five requests: guidance, aafiyah, Allah’s friendship (the awliya of Allah), barakah or blessings, and safety from evil.

Duโ€™a of qunoot

ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุงู‡ู’ุฏูู†ููŠ ูููŠู…ูŽู†ู’ ู‡ูŽุฏูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ูˆูŽ ุนูŽุงููู†ููŠ ูููŠู…ูŽู†ู’ ุนูŽุงููŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ูˆ ุชูŽูˆูŽู„ูŽู‘ู†ููŠ ูููŠู…ูŽู†ู’ ุชูŽูˆูŽู„ูŽู‘ูŠู’ุชูŽ ูˆูŽ ุจูŽุงุฑููƒู’ ู„ููŠ ูููŠู…ูŽุง ุฃูŽุนู’ุทูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ูˆูŽ ู‚ูู†ููŠ ุดูŽุฑูŽู‘ ู…ูŽุง ู‚ูŽุถูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ุฅู†ูŽู‘ูƒูŽ ุชูŽู‚ู’ุถููŠ ูˆูŽู„ุง ูŠูู‚ู’ุถูŽู‰ ุนูŽู„ูŠู’ูƒูŽ ุฅู†ูŽู‘ู‡ู ู„ุง ูŠูŽุฐูู‘ู„ูู‘ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ูˆูŽุงู„ูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ ุชูŽุจูŽุงุฑูŽูƒู’ุชูŽ ูˆูŽุชูŽุนูŽุงู„ูŽูŠู’ุชูŽ

Allahumma ihdini fi-man hadayta wa-สฟafini fi-man สฟafayta wa-tawallani fi-man tawwalayta wa-barik li fi-ma aสฟtayta wa-qini sharra ma qadayta innaka taqdi wa-la yuqda สฟalayka innahu la yadhillu man walayta tabarakta wa-taสฟalayta

O Allah, guide me among those whom You have guided, grant me well-being among those whom You have granted well-being, befriend me among those to whom You have befriended, bless me in what You have bestowed, and save me from the evil of what You have decreed. Truly, You decree and none can decree against You; one whom You have befriended is not humiliated. Blessed are You (O Allah) and Exalted.


Dr. Tahir Wyatt

Senior Fellow | Tahir Wyatt is a published academic, experienced interpreter, and instructor of Islamic studies and comparative religion. During his twenty-one years of studying and teaching in Saudi Arabia, he procured several degrees, including a doctorate in theology. He was also the only American ever to be appointed to teach in the Prophetโ€™s Mosque in Madinah, the second holiest site in the Muslim world. Dr. Wyatt currently lectures both nationally and internationally at mosques, universities, and other institutions of learning. He serves as the Executive Director of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia and is the President of the Quran, Arabic, and Reflection Institute (QARI), an institute dedicated to structured, curriculum-based instruction of the Quran and Arabic Language.