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Sahih al-Bukhari 2076
What is the ACJU guidance on the recitation of ‘Qunooth’ during the Subah (Fajr) prayer?
Ref No. ACJU/FTW/2014/10-0191
Scholars have had varied opinions on the matter of reciting the ‘Qunooth’ during the Subah prayer. Imam Shafi (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) has stated that reciting ‘Qunooth’ is an important Sunnah; while Imam Malik (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) has ruled it out as ‘Musthahab’, and both have cited that there are substantial evidences to be found in the Saheeh Hadiths, to support their respective claims.
Meanwhile scholars like Imam Ahmad (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) and Imam Aboo Haniffa (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) assert that there are no valid Saheeh Sources regarding the recital of the ‘Qunooth’ during the Subah prayer.
This matter of, differences of opinion among the Scholars arose, due to the varied understandings of the terminologies found in the revelations of the Prophet (ﷺ), and differed views upon whether those revelations were Saheeh or La’eef.
The ACJU would kindly like to make it clear that, such differences of opinion have been existing since long while ago, among our predecessors, and it was purely for intellectual purposes, and one who acquires a conclusion as the end result, even if it were wrong, is considered as a good endeavor. Furthermore, every Muslim should bear in mind that, such differences of opinion should only be a matter of rational discussion, while it isn’t a matter that goes beyond the limit of encroaching the hearts, which might lead to creating a division among the community.
Moreover the ACJU addresses the respected Aalims, to consider the current atmosphere and circumstances, and guide the general public and Trustees of Masjidhs towards a good tendency with regard to such issues.
The ACJU would like to further state that these varied opinions cannot be justified to the extent of disrupting unity and creating divisions among the community. While emphasizing the fact that, choosing and acting upon opinions based on the above research is not harmful, the ACJU further warns that, enforcing those who recite the ‘Qunooth’ during the ‘Subah’ prayer to not do so, and vice versa; or proclaiming or isolating those Masjids which recite the ‘Qunooth’ after the ‘Subah’ prayer as Bid’ah’; or isolating, or labeling people who practice it as, ‘wrong doers’, is a deviation from the Islamic guidance.
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama has elaborated on how to act upon matters with differences of opinion via its publication of the Unity Declaration. We kindly request to practice upon it.
Allah Knows the Best.
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