What does la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim mean? We often hear this Hawqalah sentence spoken, but sometimes we don’t know what it means. Actually this is a great sentence in Islam and shows that Allah SWT is almighty and there is no power but Him.
This is a universal truth that is believed by all Muslims in the world. Allah alone is capable, and there is no power and might other than Him. The meaning of the phrase Hawqalah (la hawla wala quwwata illa billah) is “there is no power and no power except with Allah’s permission”.
Also interpreted in more detail as mentioned in the books of the scholars, the mean of sentence la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim is “there is no power and strength to obey Allah and there is no power and strength to leave immorality except with Allah’s help.”
So, creatures (other than Allah) do not have the slightest ability if Allah does not will, because everything is by Allah’s permission.
لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله
There is no power and no strength except with Allah.
Subhanallah, this is a short sentence but has a very deep meaning, even the entire universe. It speaks of the power in this universe, no one can but Allah Himself. Everything is by Allah’s will, nothing happens by one’s own will. If Allah wills it will happen and if Allah does not will it will not happen. We are all servants of Allah who believe that Allah is almighty, there is no other.
This sentence is also known as Hawqalah. There are many hadiths that say that the Prophet Muhammad PBUH recommended to his ummah to multiply this reciting. There are extraordinary meanings and benefits for a servant when he reproduces this Zikir. When we recite “la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim” we admit that we are weak, and only Allah is almighty. This is a true and noble form of statement, there is no arrogance from creatures, there is no takabbur.
When a servant of Allah acknowledges the lordship of Allah, recognizing that only Allah is the power, then at that time he has placed himself as a true servant. All of us want to be true servants of Allah, obedient servants and able to carry out all His commands and leave all His prohibitions.
Hadiths that mention or encourage us to recite hawqalah are Sahih hadiths, so we should recite this dhikr every day as much as possible. It’s only 6 sentences “la hawla wala quwwata illa billah“, but you can read the longer version “la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim”.
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La Hawla Wala Quwwata In Arabic
لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلا بِالله
Transliteration: la hawla wala quwwata illa billah
English Translation: There is no might nor power except with Allah.
Some hadiths about La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billah
The Hawqalah sentence is not an ordinary sentence, there are many hadiths that mention the benefits and virtues of reading the sentence La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billah, including:
1. As a Heaven’s Treasury
It was narrated that Abu Musa said: “The Prophet PBUH heard me saying: ‘La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (there is no power and no strength except with Allah).’ He said: ‘O ‘Abdullah bin Qais! Shall I not tell you of a word which is one of the treasures of Paradise?’ I said: ‘Yes, O Messenger of Allah.’ He said: ‘Say: La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is no power and no strength except with Allah).’”
2. Say it during Adhan
In a hadith, it is narrated that ‘Alqamah bin Waqqas said: “I was with Mu’awiyah when the Mu’adhdhin called the Adhan. Muawiyah said what the Mu’adhdhin said, but when he said: ‘Hayya ‘alas-salah (lets come to prayer),’ he said: ‘La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah (There is no power and no strength except with Allah );’ and when he said: ‘Hayya ‘alal-falaah (lets come to prosperity),’ he said: ‘La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah (There is no power and no strength except with Allah).’ After that he said what the Mu’adhdhin said, then he said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying exactly like that.’”
3. Dua When Leaving The House
This Hawqalah sentence also includes a sentence that becomes an important prayer when we leave the house. This prayer is read so that we get protection from Allah.
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ” Whoever says (upon leaving his house): ‘Bismillah, tawakkaltu ‘alallah, Wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (I begin with the Name of Allah; I trust in Allah; there is no altering of conditions but by the Power of Allah),’ it will be said to him: ‘You are guided, defended and protected.’ The devil will go far away from him”. [Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i] Abu Dawud’s narration adds, “One devil will say to another: ‘How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?”
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