Question: Witr Dua that has exaggeration in it?
Answer: Yes, I will speak about the witr dua and no one be angry with me.
The witr dua is sunnah if it fulfills two conditions and it is not observed always, it is read sometimes and left off other times. A condensed supplication of qunut was reported from the Prophet (ﷺ) and along with that I say: There is no harm to increase it with the comprehensive dua of the Prophet and the estabished ahaadith of the Prophet (ﷺ) with three conditions:
The first condition: That he chooses the established, Prophetic supplications or what corresponds to in meaning. He chooses from the comprehensive statements of the Prophet (ﷺ).
The second condition: That we do not recite it in a melody, the way the Imams do nowadays. For verily this Melodizing resembles singing or some of them make it resemble recitation of the Quran. This was not known from the salaf ever, it was not known from the salaf. Rather I fear it is from the transgression in supplication.
It is not allowed to recite with a melody and it is not allowed to recite it in a way resembling the recitation of the Quran. So let the one present convey to the one absent and let the one who is pleased be pleased and the one who is angry be angry.
The third condition: the absence of prolongation and harm to the people. If you choose the comprehensive speech, then you do not need prolongation. From the guidance of the Prophet (ﷺ) is condensation in beseeching. Condensation means: the absence of prolongation. It is correct Allah loves those who recite melodiously, however, persistence is not with harming the people and the prolongation is greater than the recitation of the Quran. He stands in the qunut more than his standing for the recitation. This is against the Sunnah and against the guidance of the Prophet (ﷺ) and against the guidance of his Companions after him.
I see that the Imams, May Allah facilitate for them [what is good], should reconsider this way of theirs. It is a way that has nothing to do with Sunnah at all in any condition from the conditions
Allah knows best.
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad”.
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan