Hadith on Spiritual: Acknowledging Allah’s Will and Human Agency

📖Sunan Abi Dawud 4980
Narrated Hudhayfah: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Do not say: “What Allah wills and so and so wills,” but say: “What Allah wills and afterwards so and so wills.

  • This hadith teaches the importance of acknowledging Allah’s ultimate authority in all matters, while also recognizing the role of human agency and decision-making. Muslims are taught to seek Allah’s guidance and to submit to His will, but also to make informed choices based on their own understanding and judgment. By using the phrase “what Allah wills and afterwards so and so wills,” Muslims are reminded to prioritize Allah’s will above all else, while still acknowledging their own free will and ability to make choices. This hadith serves as a reminder that Muslims should strive to align their will with Allah’s will and seek His guidance in all aspects of their lives.