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Saying “In Sha Allah”

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Question: Is it obligatory to say “In Sha Allah” whenever talking about future plans?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Allah Most High tells us in Surat al Kahf not to express a resolution concerning the future without adding the words ‘God willing”, or “InshaAllah”. He Most High says, ‘And never say of anything, “I will definitely do this tomorrow,” without adding, “if Allah so wills!” But if you forget, then remember your Lord, and say, “I trust my Lord will guide me to what is more right than this” (Qur’an, 18: 23).

This command has been understood by the ulema to mean that it is recommended, but not obligatory (Sharh Muslim, Nawawi).

It is not sinful to say that you will do something without adding “InshaAllah” at the end of it.

It is worth noting however that “InshaAllah” is actually in the dictionary. Please see: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/inshallah

In a work scenario, when speaking to religious Christians, you can always add “God willing.” Otherwise, it would be ok to not mention it given the formal nature of the communication, and you can always just say it to yourself out of respect and deference to Allah.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

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