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Saying “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata il-la-Bil-Laah”

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لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله  Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah is one of the powerful statements proclaimed by the believers in Islam.

According to the glorious Prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him, it is “one of the treasures of Paradise”.

This statement is an expression of a servant’s humble submission to the power and glory of his Lord Almighty. It is a declaration announcing the reality of all realities: Everything happens only with the help of Allah alone. Man, however strong, powerful and great, is powerless, weak and meek in front of Allah.

Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah in simple English means “There is neither might nor power except with Allah”.

This powerful statement is the proclamation that All power, might, strength, grandeur and glory is by Allah, from Allah and belongs to Allah. 

As I mentioned before, Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah is one of the Treasures of Jannah: 

a) Abu Musa (R.A) reported:

“While we were with Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) in a holy battle, we never went up a hill or reached its peak or went down a valley but raised our voices with Takbeer. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) came close to us and said, “O people! Don’t exert yourselves, for you do not call a deaf or an absent one, but you call the All- Listener, the All-Seer.” The Prophet (ﷺ) then said, “O `Abdullah bin Qais! Shall I teach you a sentence which is from the treasures of Paradise? ( It is): ‘La haula wala quwata illa billah’. (There is neither might nor power except with Allah).” Sahih Bukhari

b) Abu Hurairah (R.A) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: ‘Be frequent in saying: Laa ḥawla wa laa quwwata illā billa”. For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise”.  Tirmidhi

We need to say لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله  Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah whenever we feel weak or are unable to do anything.

There are some specific occasions wherein we are encouraged by our Leader, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to say لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله  Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah:

1. When you wake up in night: 

The Prophet (ﷺ) “Whoever gets up at night and says: — ‘La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahul mulk, wa Lahu-l-hamd wahuwa ‘ala kulli shai’in Qadeer. Al hamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lah.’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. He is the Only One and has no partners . For Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are due for Him. He is Omnipotent. All the praises are for Allah. All the glories are for Allah. And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, And Allah is Great And there is neither Might nor Power Except with Allah). And then says: Allahumma, Ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me). Or invokes (Allah), he will be responded to and if he performs ablution (and prays), his prayer will be accepted.” Sahih Bukhari

2. While listening to the Adhaan:

‘Umar b. al-khattab reported the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as saying: When the MU’ADHDHIN says:

“Allah is most great, Allah is most great”, and one of you says in response: “Allah is most great”, Allah is most great; then says: “ I testify that there is no god but Allah”, and he says in response: “I testify that there is no god but Allah”, then say:” I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”, and he makes the response: “ I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”, then says: “Come to prayer”, and he makes the response: “There is no might and no power except in Allah”: then says: “ Allah is most great, Allah is most great”, and he makes the response: “Allah is most great”, then says: “There is no god but Allah”, if he says this from his heart, he enter Paradise.” Sahih Muslim and Abu Dawood and Sahih Bukhari

So we must say Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata il-laa-Bil-Laah when we listen to Hayya Alas Salah, Hayya alal Falaah during the Adhaan (prayer call)

3. At the end of every obligatory salah, prayer:

لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله  Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah  is one dhikr that was said by the glorious Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him) at the end of every obligatory prayer.

Abu Zubair reported:

Ibn Zubair uttered at the end of every prayer after pronouncing salutation (these words):” There is no god but Allah. He is alone. There is no partner with Him. Sovereignty belongs to Him and He is Potent over everything. There is no might or power except with Allah. There is no god but Allah and we do not worship but Him alone. To Him belong all bounties, to Him belongs all Grace, and to Him is worthy praise accorded. There is no god but Allah, to Whom we are sincere in devotion, even though the unbelievers should disapprove it.” (The narrator said): He (the Holy Prophet) uttered it at the end of every (obligatory) prayer. Read the Arabic Text of this Sahih Muslim hadeeth

4. When you leave your home:

Say this powerful du’aa every time you leave your house, Inshaaallah.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِاللَّهِ

Bismillaahi Tawak’kaltu ‘alal-laahi Laa haula wa laa Quwwata il-la bil-laah “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah” (Read the full hadeeth here)

Now, I would like to quote this hadeeth which highlights the virtues of Laa haula wa laa Quwwata il-la bil-laah: 

Abdullah bin Amr narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“There is no one upon the earth who says: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest, and there is no might nor power except by Allah, (Laa ilaaha illal-laah, wal-laahu akbar, wa laa ḥawla wa lā quwwata illa billaah) except that his sins shall be pardoned, even if they were like the foam of the sea.” Tirmidhi

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I conclude by reminding that Laa haula wa laa Quwwata il-la bil-laah forms a part of this all-in-one comprehensive du’aa.

Sal-lal-laahu ‘ala Muhammad, sal-lal-laahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.

Baarakallaahu feekum.

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  1. may allah bless u peace

    Comment by elias | March 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Aameen.Jazakallaahu khayra.

      Comment by MuQeet | March 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. SubhanAllah. Very inspiring post.

    Comment by skd | March 20, 2015 | Reply

  3. Jazak Allah khayr

    Comment by Happy Land | March 26, 2015 | Reply

    • Baarakallaahu feeki

      Comment by MuQeet | March 26, 2015 | Reply

  4. SUBHAN ALLAH Great Work I’m interested in turkish but in usmani script how I get it from internet

    Comment by Naheed Tariq | May 4, 2015 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillah. Please check out http://tanzil.net/
      On the left bar, you can find the option to change the script and translation as well.
      Baarakallahu feeki.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 4, 2015 | Reply

  5. […] saying Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah hil ‘Aliyil ‘Azeem (there is no strength and no power except with Allah the Exalted, the […]

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  6. Waalikum Assalamu Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Jazaka Allah khari Akhi most beneficial for me

    Comment by blaquequeen | March 31, 2016 | Reply

  7. Allah barak fik inshaAllah.

    Comment by ummohammad | April 22, 2016 | Reply

    • Wa feeki Baarakallaah.

      Comment by MuQeet | April 22, 2016 | Reply

  8. Subhan Allah and jazakAllah khair!

    Comment by Saqib | June 15, 2016 | Reply

    • Baarakallaahu Feekum, brother.

      Comment by MuQeet | June 15, 2016 | Reply

  9. Nice

    Comment by Sk Asik Ikbal | November 3, 2016 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillaah

      Comment by MuQeet | November 3, 2016 | Reply

  10. Alhamdulillah, may Allah pardon all of us and give us chance to read this dua many more time in life.Jazakallahu Khayran for nice post

    Comment by Masudur Rahman | January 29, 2017 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillaah, Brother Masud.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 29, 2017 | Reply

  11. It is very nice. I like it. thanks for sharing …….

    Comment by Saudagar ali | February 2, 2017 | Reply

  12. Asalam aleykum warahmatuhllah taallah wabarakatuh,thank you for the tearchings i learned alot,may allah bless you with good ending,and i dont know how to make dua when iam in a gathering of people i might be appointed to make dua on behalf of people gathering with me please help me even a single and simple dua. Wabllah tawfeeq

    Comment by safia | March 16, 2017 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      aameen….jazakillaahu khayra.

      about the collective duaa in a gathering, i do not have any precedent in any authentic traditions to refer to.
      if people tell u, u can make some Qur’anic du’aas that start with Rabbana …..inshaaAllah.

      Comment by MuQeet | March 18, 2017 | Reply

  13. Fantastic Post Thank you for all this useful info

    Comment by Shirin | April 25, 2017 | Reply

  14. Salaam!

    Thank you for writing this post. I greatly appreciate the links to your sources and the great translation of the transliteration.


    Comment by Yahia Hegazy | August 3, 2017 | Reply

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