As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4

 

Saying: 'What Allah Wills and so-and-so wills' is prohibited

Hudhaifah Ibn Yaman (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Say not, 'What Allah wills and so-and-so wills,' but say, 'What Allah wills, and then what so-and-so wills.'' [Abu Dawood with authentic Isnad]

The first form ('What Allah wills and so-and-so wills,') mentioned in this Hadeeth is prohibited for the reason that it combines the will of someone else with the Will of Allah. It is, thus, associating partners in the Will of Allah, a form of minor Shirk. It is as if someone says to a person, 'I have only Allah's Support and yours.' In this statement, Allah and the man (addressed) are given the same status, which is most unfair and unjust. It would, however, be all right to say, 'We have the support of Allah and then yours', because this statement does not have any trace of Shirk, because in this second form, the Will of Allah comes first, which is the correct position, and the will of someone else comes later which is subject to the Will of Allah. Once a man came to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) and said, 'With the Will of Allah and with your will,' he (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said to him, 'Have you made me an associate with Allah?' Rather it is, 'what Allah Alone wills.' [An-Nisaee]

Qutailah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated, 'A Jew came to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) and said, 'Your people commit Shirk when they say, 'By the Will of Allah and with your will,' and say, 'By Ka'bah.' Thereafter, the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) commanded to swear by saying, 'By the Rabb (Lord) of the Ka'bah,' and to say, 'by the Will of Allah and then with your will.' [An-Nisaee graded it saheeh]


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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