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Do not say ‘If only’

Question

What is the status of the following Hadith?

“Do not say if only”

 

Answer

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