A person who does not recite Dua` Kunoot in the Witr prayer is not amongst us...
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Q1.I heard a Hadis that the Rasool Allah(sw) said that a person who does not recite Dua` Kunoot in the Witr prayer is not amongst us... Is it true?
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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 2.15a
Topic: Al-Qunut in the Witr
It is part of Sunnah to supplicate with qunut in the witr prayer during the entire year. Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah record that al-Hassan ibn Ali (r.a.) said: "The Messenger of Allah taught me the [following] words to say in (qunut in) the witr prayer: 'O Allah, guide me among those whom You have guided. Grant me safety among those whom You have granted safety. Take me into Your charge among those whom You have taken into Your charge. Bless me in what You have given me. Protect me from the evil that You have Decreed, for You Decree and nothing is decreed for You. And there is no humiliation for whom You take as a ward. Blessed and Exalted are You, our Lord. ' "
It is considered a mustahab or preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to recite the qunoot supplications in ones witr prayers throughout the year.
To the best of our knowledge we have not come across any hadith in the authentic and established Sunnah which declares the witr prayers obligatory, leave alone the qunoot supplications to be made therein!!
It is reported that Hadrat Ali (r.a.) said: "The witr prayer is not required like your obligatory prayers, but the Prophet (saws) would perform the witr prayer and say: 'O you people [followers] of the Qur'an, perform the witr prayer, for Allah is One and He loves the witr.'"
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