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Do not say ‘If only’


What is the status of the following Hadith?

“Do not say if only”



This is part of a longer Hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim. The Hadith is therefore authentic.

The part in question is as follows:

“If something afflicts you, do not say ‘If only I had done such and such’, you should say instead, Allah has decreed and he does as he wishes, for the word ‘law (لو)’ [meaning: ‘if’] opens the way for Shaytan” [It will lead a person to raise an objection against taqdir]

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2664)


See the full Hadith here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar