La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa Billah!'
By: By Khadejah Jones

'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa Billah!'

By Khadejah Jones

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah who said, The Messenger of Allah (May peace and blessings be upon him) said to me:

"Say 'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah' (There is no might or power except with Allah) in abundance, for indeed it is from the treasures of Jannah" (Collected by Bukhari (6952) and At Tirmidthi (3601) upon the authority of Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari)

Meaning this is a treasure that will be preserved and rewarded to the servant in Jannah if he says it!

As far as its meaning is concerned then 'La Hawla' meaning 'La Tahwil' which is to change from one affair to another. That is there is no ability to change and turn from disobedience and sin except with Allah. As for 'La Quwwata' then it literally means no power or might, that is one has no power or ability to carry out acts of obedience except with the aid of Allah. Thus the statement is one that bonds and connects the servant to his lord if it is understood.

Upon the authority of Qays ibn Sa'd who said that the messenger of Allah said:


"Should I not indicate to you a door from the doors of Jannah?" I said, "Of course!" he said, "La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah!" (Collected by At Tirmidthi (3581) and declared 'Sahih' by Sheikh Albani)

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah who said that the Messenger of Allah (May peace and blessings be upon him) said:


"Should I not teach you (or he said) indicate to you a statement from beneath the throne of Allah from the treasures of Jannah?" Say, "La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah" So Allah says (i.e. when the servant says that) My servant has submitted and surrendered" (Collected by Al-Hakim (54) and declared 'Sahih' By Sheikh Al-Albani in 'Sahihul-Jami' 2614)

Indeed when the Messenger went upon the night journey he met the father of the prophets and messengers Ibrahim who commanded him to convey some advice to his Ummah.

Upon the authority of Ibn Mas'ud from the messenger who said:


When it was the night that I went upon the night journey I met Ibrahim in the seventh heaven- who said to me, "O Muhammad! Convey my salaams to your Ummah and inform them that the soil of Jannah is good and its water is sweet and fresh and it is 'Qi'an' (i.e. a beautiful open plain, perfect for cultivating) and that it is cultivated with: 'Subhanallah' and 'Alhamdulillah' and 'La ilaha illa Allah' and 'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah'" (Collected by Ahmad in his Musnad and declared 'Sahih' by Sheikh Nasir in 'Sahih Targhib' 1585)

His advice to Hazim ibn Harmalah Al-Aslami:


"O Hazim! Say 'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah' plentifully, for indeed it is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah"

His advice to Abdullah ibn Qays:

"O Abdullah ibn Qays! Should I not indicate to you a statement that is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah? La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah" (Agreed Upon)

His advice to Abu Hurairah:

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah who said:


"We were walking with the Messenger of Allah (May peace and blessings be upon him) in a garden in Madinah when he said, 'O Aba Hurairah' so I responded, 'I am here at your service Oh Messenger of Allah!' so he said, 'Indeed those who indulge much (in the life of this world) they will have the least (on the day of Judgment) except one that who does like this and this with his wealth' and he gestured with his hand to the left and the right (i.e. that he gives his wealth to the left and to the right) 'and they indeed are few'" (Collected by At-Tabarani in 'Al-Mu'jam Al-Kabir' and declared 'Hasan' by Sheikh Al-Albani in Sahihul-Jami')

The Messenger thereafter advised his Ummah generally with it and specifically:

Upon the authority of Ibn Umar who said, The messenger of Allah (May peace and blessings be upon him) said:


"Be plentiful in sowing the seeds of paradise, for indeed its water is sweet and fresh, and its soil is good, thus be plentiful in planting it's seedlings 'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa Billah'" (Collected by At-Tabarani in 'Al-Mu'jam Al-Kabir' (13354) and declared 'Hasan' by Sheikh Al-Albani in Sahihul-Jami' (1213)

As far as him advising specific individuals then:

His advice to Abu Dtharr Al-Ghifari:

Upon the authority of Abi Dtharr:


"O Aba Dtharr! Should I not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah? La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah"

His advice to Abu Hurairah:

"O Aba Hurairah Should I not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?" so I said, "Certainly O Messenger of Allah!" he said, "You should say, 'La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa Billah Wa La Malja'a Wa La Manja illa Ilayh'" (There is no ability to turn from disobedience nor power to carry out acts of obedience except with Allah. And there is no one protection from evil is sought from, nor one that grants salvation except him.). Then he said, "O Aba Hurairah! Do you know what the right of Allah upon his servants is and his servants right upon Allah?" So I said, "Allah and his Messenger know best" He said, "The right of Allah upon his servant is that they worship him and do not ascribe partners with him, and the servants right upon Allah is that he will not punish one who does not ascribe partners with him" (Collected by Al-Hakim in his 'Mustadrak' and declared 'Sahih' by Sheikh Al-Albani in Sahih At-Targhib 3261 and As-Silsilah As-Sahihah: 1766)


Wallahu Ta'ala A'lam

 

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