Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum
I find different books and websites showing me a different text of the Qunut supplication, even though they all seem to be citing the same sources. Often even the harakaat on the same words are different in different sources. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly confusing. Can you please provide clarity?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
There are different traditions (hadiths) which cite the qunut supplication. Accordingly, words and phrases can sometimes differ depending on what you are relying upon. Transmission of the qunut differs even in some of the books of the Hanafi School.
The upshot is that as long as you follow what is clearly related from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and the jurists have clarified what this is, your action will be a fulfilment of the sunna. Otherwise, any supplication fulfils the requirement of the qunut supplication.
Note that a wording has been provided in the attached articles.[Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq]
Please also see: What is the Preferred Method to Recite the Qunut Supplication? and: Supplication During Qunut and: What is The Minimum Amount That Can Be Recited in Qunut? and: Could You Teach Me the Qunut Supplication for the Witr Prayer? and: What Can We Learn From the Supplication of the Witr Prayer Regarding Our Relations With Non-Muslims?
And Allah Most High knows best.
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.