Fatwa: # 18746
Category: Character & Morals
Country: Canada
Date: 20th June 2010

Title

I wanted to know about the dhikr ‘La Hawla wa La Quwwata Illa Billah’ ...

Question

 

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?

Answer

 

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.

 

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Dārul Iftā



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

           مجمع الزوائد ١٠٢/١٠ - مؤسسة المعارف

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