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#16 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 09:23
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2. Whats the true and correct understanding of "La hawla wa laa quwatta illa billah" ?


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When should we say “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah”?
Pls. let me know the :
(1) meaning with
(2) brief commentary of the sentence, 'LAL HAWLA WALA KUWATAH ILLAH BILLAH HU WAL ALIEL AZIM".
(3) And, when the same is used.


Praise be to Allaah.

The meaning of this phrase (there is no power and no strength except with Allaah) is a person’s admission that he is unable to do anything without the help and support of Allaah. No matter how great his power, energy and strength may become, a person still cannot do anything without the help of Allaah Who is Above all of His creation, the Most Great, compared to Whom nothing else is great. Every strong person is weak when compared with Allaah. Every great person is insignificant and weak when compared with His Might.

This sentence is uttered when some serious matter befalls a person that he cannot cope with, or there is something that it is very difficult for him to deal with.

Shaykh Sa’d al-Humayd.

Among the occasions on which this phrase is uttered are the following:

– When turning over at night:

It was reported that ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever turns over at night and says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer. Al-hamdu-lillaah wa subhaan-Allaah wa laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa Allaahu akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (There is no god but Allaah Alone, with no partner or associate. To Him belongs praise and His is the sovereignty, and He is Able to do all things. Praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allaah, there is no god but Allaah and Allaah is Most Great. There is no power and no strength except with Allaah), then he says, Allaahumma aghfir li (O Allaah, forgive me), or he makes du’aa’, his prayer will be granted. If he does wudoo’ and prays, his salaah will be accepted.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1086)

– When the muezzin says “Hayya ‘ala’l-salaah (come to prayer)” or “Hayya ‘ala’l-falaah (come to success)”

It was narrated from Hafs ibn ‘Aasim ibn ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, from his father, that his grandfather ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When the muezzin says “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar (Allaah is Most Great),” and one of you says, “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar”; then he says, “Ashhadu an laa ilaaha illa Allaah (I bear witness that there is no god except Allaah” and you say “Ashhadu an laa ilaaha illa Allaah”; then he says, “Ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allaah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah” and you say, “Ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allaah”; then he says, “Hayya ‘ala’l-salaah (come to prayer)” and you say, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah”; then he says, “Hayya ‘ala’l-falaah (come to success)” and you say, “Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah”; then he says “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar,” and you say, “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar”; then he says “Laa ilaaha illa Allaah” and you say, “Laa ilaaha illa Allaah” – if he says that from the heart, he will enter Paradise.’” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh, 578, and by Abu Dawood in his Sunan, 443)

– When leaving one's house

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever says – i.e., when he is leaving his house – “Bismillaah, tawwakaltu ‘ala Allaah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, and there is no power and no strength except with Allaah),” it will be said to him, “You are taken care of and protected,” and the Shaytaan will leave him alone.’” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi in his Sunan, 3348. Abu ‘Eesa said, this is a hasan saheeh ghareeb hadeeth which we only know through this isnaad. See Saheeh al-Jaami’ by al-Albaani, 6419. It was also narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan (4431), where he adds: “And another shaytaan says to him, ‘What can you do with a man who has been guided, taken care of and protected?’”)

– After praying

It was narrated that Abu’l-Zubayr said: “Ibn al-Zubayr used to say immediately after every prayer, when he had said the salaam, ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer. Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah wa laa na’budu illaa iyyaah. Lahu’l-ni’mah wa lahu’l-fadl wa lahu’l-thanaa’ al-hasan. Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah mukhliseena lahu’l-deena wa law kariha’l-kaafiroon (There is no god but Allaah Alone, with no partner or associate His is the sovereignty and to Him be praise, and He is Able to do all things. There is no power and no strength except with Allaah, and we worship none but Him. From Him (alone) come all blessings and favours, and all good praise is due to Him. There is no god but Allaah and we make our worship purely for Him (alone) however much the disbelievers may hate that).’ He said: ‘The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say these words immediately after every prayer.’” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh, 935)

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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#17 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 09:26
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2. Whats the true and correct understanding of "La hawla wa laa quwatta illa billah" ?

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I wanted to know about the dhikr ‘La Hawla wa La Quwwata Illa Billah’ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِالله 1) What is the full meaning of “La Hawla wa La Quwwata Illa Billah” (لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِالله) and what should someone be thinking and reflecting when saying it? I think I have seen/heard translations like no power or strength except by/from Allah and something like not being able to stay away from sins and not being able to do good except with Allah's help. I don’t know if the meaning is very clear and I am not sure what the difference is between the word hawla and quwwa. The english words used in the translation, power and strength, seem similar and I don't get the difference. InshaAllah I will get clarification.
2) What are all the dunya (worldly) and deeni/akhirah (hereafter) benefits of reciting the dhikr “La Hawla wa La Quwwata Illa Billah” (لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِالله)? Will you please mention the ayahs from the Quran and specific ahadith/hadiths that talk about this dhikr?
3) How do you attain those benefits? Is there a certain number of times and/or a specific time of day or week it should be recited? Does it have to be everyday or can it be whenever a person has a need?
4) Is this zikr also a form of istighfar and tawba? By saying it, is it equal to seeking/asking forgiveness from Allah and repenting to Allah from all of one’s past sins?

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In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalāmu ῾alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi Wabarakātuh

The phrase, لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله has numerous benefits, some of which are mentioned below along with references to the ahadith in the footnotes in which the particular phrase is underlined for ease of reading.

A Treasure from amongst the Treasures of Paradise: Abu Dhar (radiyallahu anhu) narrated: Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said to me: “Should I not guide you to a treasure from the treasures of Paradise?” I said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is no might or power except with Allah.”1

Protection from Shaytaan: Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu anhu) narrated: Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever recites when he leaves his home: 'In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah, and there is no might or power except with Allah,' it will be said to him: You have been guided, spared and protected, and Shaytan will be kept far from him.”2

Forgiveness of Sins: Abdullah ibn Amr (radiyallahu anhu) narrated: Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is no one on the earth who says: 'None has the right to be worshipped except Allah and Allah is the Greatest and there is no might or power except with Allah,' except that his sins are forgiven even if they were equal to the foam of the sea.”3

Attainment of Religious and Secular Objectives: Allama Panipati (rahmatullahi alayhi) has related from Mujaddid Alf-Thani (rahmatullahi alayhi) the following daily wazeefah for the attainment of one's religious and secular objectives: 100 times Darud Sharif, 500 times: لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله, and 100 times Darud Sharif.4

The meaning of لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله has been explained by Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) himself. It means: “There is no might to avoid disobeying Allah except by the protection of Allah and no strength to obey Allah except with the help of Allah.”5 One can reflect on this explanation when reciting it.

And Allāh Ta῾āla Knows Best
Wassalāmu ῾alaykum

Ml. Sohail Bengali
Correspondence Iftā Student, US.

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Dārul Iftā, Madrasah In῾āmiyyah


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1 عن أبي ذر قال: قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ألا أدلك على كنز من كنوز الجنة، قلت بلى يا رسول الله، قال لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله - ابن ماجه باب ما جاء في لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله، رقم ٣٨٢٥
2 عن أنس بن مالك قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من قال يعني إذا خرج من بيته بسم الله توكلت على الله ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله، يقال له كفيت ووقيت وتنحى عنه الشيطان - الترمذي باب ما جاء ما يقول إذا خرج من بيته رقم ٣٤٢٦
3 عن عبد الله بن عمرو قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما على الأرض أحد يقول لا إله إلا الله والله أكبر ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله إلا كفرت عنه لخطاياه ولو كانت مثل زبد البحر- الترمذي باب ما جاء في فضل التسبيح والتكبير...رقم ٣٤٦٠
4 Quran kay bikhray mawti, Maulana Muhammad Asghar Karnalwi, pg. 379, Zam Zam Publishers
5 عن عبدالله بن مسعود كنت عند النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقلت لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تدري ما تفسيرها قلت الله ورسوله أعلم قال لا حول عن معصية الله إلا بعصمة الله ولا قوة على طاعة الله إلا بعون الله
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#18 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 09:38
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1. Are coming of right choices in the mind is dependent on Allah or on human being.?
3. What's the correct understanding of "There's no will except the will of allah" ?


Belief in al-qadar (the divine will and decree) is one of the pillars of faith, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, when he answered Jibreel’s question about faith: “(It means) believing in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day, and to believe in al-qadar (the divine decree) both good and bad.”

What is meant by al-qadar is that Allaah has decreed all things from eternity and knows that they will happen at times that are known to Him, and in specific ways, and that He has written that and willed it, and they happen according to what He has decreed. [al-Qada’ wa’l-Qadar by Dr ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Mahmoud, p. 39].

Belief in al-qadar is based on four things:

1 – Knowledge, i.e., that Allaah knows what His creation will do, by virtue of His eternal knowledge.

2 – Writing, i.e., that Allaah has written the destiny of all creatures in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz.

3 – Will, i.e., that what Allaah wills happens and what He does not will does not happen. There is no movement in the heavens or on earth but it happens by His will.

4 – Creation and formation, i.e., that Allaah is the Creator of all things, including the actions of His slaves. They do their actions in a real sense, and He is the Creator of them and of their actions.

Whoever believes in these four believes in al-qadar.

The Qur’aan affirms these things in numerous verses, such as the verses in which He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And with Him are the keys of the Ghayb (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the land and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but He knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record”

[al-An’aam 6:59]

“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al‑Lawh Al‑Mahfooz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allaah”

[al-Hadeed 57:22]

“And you cannot will unless (it be) that Allaah wills the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”

[al-Takweer 81:29]

“Verily, We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Preordainments of all things before their creation as written in the Book of Decrees Al‑Lawh Al‑Mahfooz)”

[al-Qamar 54:49]

Muslim (2653) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Allaah wrote down the decrees of creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.” He said: “And His Throne was upon the water.”

The belief of Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah is that a person has freedom of will, and hence he will be rewarded or punished. But his will is subject to the will of Allaah, and nothing can take place in the universe that is not willed by Allaah.

What some people say, that we have the choice to follow whatever path we want but at the end of this path you will find what Allaah has decreed for you, is a correct view. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful”
[al-Insaan 76:3]

“And shown him the two ways (good and evil)?”

[al-Balad 90:10]

“And say: “The truth is from your Lord.” Then whosoever wills, let him believe; and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve”

[al-Kahf 18:29]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, explaining the view of Ahl al-Sunnah with regard to man’s deeds:

People act in a real sense, and Allaah is the Creator of their actions. A person may be a believer or a kaafir, righteous or immoral, he may pray and fast. People have control over their actions, and they have their own will, and Allaah is the Creator of their control and will, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“To whomsoever among you who wills to walk straight.

And you cannot will unless (it be) that Allaah wills the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”

[al-Takweer 81:28-29]

al-Waasitiyyah ma’a Sharh Harraas, p. 65.
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#19 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 09:52
Please take my advice, speak to reputable scholars, listen to their lectures. All I can do is share information already out there online

Shaitan will not stop knocking on your door because there is Imaan in there, therefore you and I and the rest of us should be grateful to Allah for giving us this Imaan. If there was no Imaan in your heart, Shaitan would not waste his efforts on you. Just like an empty house, a thief will not even think about robbing it as it would be empty, therefore, they chose a house with things of value in it. Your Imaan is priceless and Shaitan is only trying to rob you of it.

I would personally recommend listening to Shaykh Riyadhul Haq, absolutely brilliant, MashaAllah. You can listen on YouTube or download his talks for free.

There is also Mufti AbdurRahman ibn Yusuf, another brilliant scholar and speaker. Ustadh Noman Ali Khan, Mufti Menk, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood etc are also very inspirational speakers. All on YouTube.
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#20 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 11:22
Short clips:
What is Predestination/Fate/Qadr? Noman Ali Khan
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Destiny or our fault Noman Ali Khan
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Punishments Versus Tests
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Full Lectures:
Contrasting Deeds & Destinies Shaykh Riyadhul Haq
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Sincerity of Intention One of my favourite lectures Shaykh Riyadhul Haq
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The Evil Whisperers Shaykh Riyadhul Haq
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Plenty more
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