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Alternate Duas for Witr Salaah

Nasihah (Advice): The last prayer of the night


Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Umar RadiyAllahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Make Witr your last prayer at night.” (Abu Dawood)




Question and Answer:


Q.I find it hard to remember Dua e Qunoot for the witr Salaah. I have tried memorizing it many times but I get confused and fear I’m getting a sin by reading it wrong. Kindly advise if there is an alternate Dua that can be read? And is it Makrooh to read a Dua other than Qunoot?

(Question published as received)



  1. One should make an effort to learn the Du’a-e-Qunoot to the best of one’s ability.If however, a person does not know the Du’a-e-Qunoot, he/she may recite any other Du’a from the Quran or Hadith.


In such a case, one may recite: “Allahummaghfirli” [O Allah, forgive me] or “Allahummahdini” [O Allah, guide me] thrice (or any such Du’a from Quran or Hadith). (Shaami 1/447).



And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai               


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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