Authenticity of the Hadith regarding the virtue of reciting la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

“La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah is a cure for ninety nine illnesses, the lightest being depression/anxiety.”

 

Answer

Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

“Saying La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah is a cure for ninety nine sicknesses, the most minor being sorrow/depression.”

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 542)

 

The chain consists of a narrator who has been declared weak by some Muhaddithun and slightly credible by others.

(Refer: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 1 pg. 298, number: 1136 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 98)

 

However, the Hadith is corroborated and is suitable to quote.

(Refer: Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 3565, Al Mu’jamus Saghir, Hadith: 438, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 306. Also see: Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 444 pg. 617 and Al Mudawi, Hadith: 3715)

 

Also see here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar