O son of Adam, I desire something and you desire something

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السلام علیکم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Mufti Sahab,

Is this Hadeeth qudsi?

“Ya Ibn Adam, Ana Ureed Wa Anta Tureed Wa La Yakoonu Illa Ma Ureed. Fain Sallamtanee Feema Ureed Kafaytuka Fee Ma Tureed. Fillam Tusaalimni Feema Ureed, At’abtuka Fee Ma Tureed Wa La Yakoonu Illa Ma Ureed.”

“O Son of Adam! I desire something and you desire something but only what I desire occurs. If you submit yourself to my desire i.e. obey Him, I will be sufficient for you in your desire. If you do not submit yourself to me (by disobeying Him), I will tire you in what you desire and (at the end of the day) only what I wish happens and occurs.”


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

We have been unable to locate this statement with a reliable Sanad (chain of transmission) to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Yes, Imam Ghazali (may allah be pleased with him) has quoted it with a ‘Seegha Tamreedh’ (words denoting upon weakness) in Ihyaa ‘Ulum ad-Deen, 4/346. This is not suitable proof, since no Sanad or grading on the narration has been given.

The responsibility of proving it to be a authentic Hadith Qudsi will be upon the one who attributes it to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

This answer was collected from Fatwaa.com which is an excellent Q&A site managed by Mufti Ismail Moosa from South Africa. .