The Meaning of Hawqala (La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah) and the Five different ways to say it

I learned the importance of saying ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’ after I learned Surah Al Kahf:

“And why did you, when you entered your garden, not say, ‘What Allah willed [has occurred]; there is no power except in Allah ‘? Although you see me less than you in wealth and children,”

(Quran 18:36)

This was when the ungrateful gardener started to became arrogant and forgot that Allah is the source of all power and sustenance.

Other than Alhamdulillah, this is what we can say to show our gratitude.

It meant, everything happens because Allah swt has willed it, because of His power. So, whatever that we get happens because of Him who has the strength and with His mercy, He gives. Everything comes from His blessings. And He is also the Most Listening, so if you want something, pray to Him. He is the Most Giving. InshaAllah.

May Allah ease the tests for us and give us strength.

Allah knows best.

May peace be upon you.

Love,
S,

Precious Gems from the Quran and Sunnah

The Understanding of the Word ‘Hawqala’

Firstly: What is intended by the word ‘Hawqala’? It is a word that is summarised from the statement ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’. This shortening of a phrase in Arabic is done if it was heard (had a precedent) from the early Arabs. It is realised by taking a few letters from a statement to form a single word.

Shortening can also be done from two words, as was said in regards to a person attributed to the tribe of ‘Abd Qays: (which became known as) ‘Abqasi.

Or it can be from an entire sentence, such as the word ‘Basmalah’, which is a summary of the sentence ‘Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim’, or ‘hawqala’, the subject of this book, which means ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’. [Al-Tatbiq As-Sarfi of ‘Abdu al-Rajihi, p.29]

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