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"Qunut" is a supplication type of prayer made while standing in Islam.


"Qunūt" (Arabic: القنوت) literally means "being obedient" or "the act of standing" in Classical Arabic. The word duʿā' (Arabic: دعاء) is Arabic for supplication, so the longer phrase duʿā' qunūt is sometimes used.

Qunut has many linguistic meanings, such as humility, obedience and devotion. However, it is more understood to be a special du'a which is recited during the prayer.


figures of hand in Qunut
figure of both hands during Salat for a
figure of both hand after Salat for a Muslim as Du'a.

It is permissible to make the qunut before going into ruku (bowing), or it may be recited when one stands up straight after the ruku. Humaid says: "I asked Anas: 'Is the qunut before or after the ruku?' he said: 'We would do it before or after." This hadith was related by Ibn Majah and Muhammad ibn Nasr. In Fath al-Bari, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani comments that its chain is faultless.[citation needed]

The minority Ibadi school of Islam rejects the practice of qunūt altogether.[1] However, it is normative in all daily prayers among the Twelver Shia.


  1. ^ Lecture on Ibadi Islam by Valerie J. Hoffman