A cure for 99 problems

Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, in his discussion of the famous hadeeth of ibn ‘Abbaas (‘Preserve the limits of Allaah and He will preserve you…’), brings this following point of benefit regarding belief in qadr (the preordainment of Allaah) and placing ones reliance in Allaah:

وفي حديث أبي هريرة عن النبي < لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله دواء من تسعة وتسعين داء ، وأيسرها الهم > خرّجه الطبراني والحاكم

And in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The statement ‘La hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah‘ [There is no might or power except that of Allaah] is a cure for 99 ailments, the easiest of which is worry.”*

فإن تحقيق هذه الكلمة يقتضي تفويض الامور إلى الله ، وأنه لا يكون إلا ما شاء والايمان بذلك يذهب الهم والغم

Actualizing this statement entails entrusting ones affairs unto Allaah, and believing that nothing happens except what Allaah wills. And having faith in that removes worry and distress.

[Majmoo’a al-Rasaa’il ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, vol. 3 pg. 145-146]

*[al-Tabarani in al-Awsat #5028. al-Haakim #1990, and he said it was Saheeh, however al-Dhahabi disagreed with him, and al-Albaani ruled it to be da’eef (Da’eef al-Targheeb #970-1147)]

See also: “I entrust my affair to Allah”: Tafsir al-Shawkani

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