In-sha-Allah: What significance does it bear?
A true believer firmly believes that Allah is omniscient, omnipotent. What He wants is reflected. There is no one to force Him to do anything. And He is not also forced to do anything. That is why He advised mankind that if they wish to do something in the future or if they intend to achieve something, it depends entirely on the will of Allah until the matter is accomplished and says ‘In-sha-Allah’.
Because Allah alone is fully aware of all the precedents of His servant. If the servant puts his trust in Allah, Allah will do it for him when it is good for him and keep him away from it when it is bad for him.
Effect of In-sha-Allah
Saying ‘In-sha-Allah’ has no negative effect on the desired subject except the positive effect. The negative effect falls on not uttering ‘In-sha-Allah’. And the word ‘In-sha-Allah’ does not refer to the past or present; Rather, it is only about the future.
Every believer should say ‘In-sha-Allah’ when he promises someone for something. Because no promise can be fulfilled without the will of Allah. So Allah instructed his beloved Prophet in this regard and said,
“Except for saying ‘In-sha-Allah’ (if Allah wills), you will not say about any work that I will do it tomorrow.” (18: 23-24)
An instructive incident has been narrated in the books of Tafseer (Explanation of Quran) as a context for the revelation of this verse.
The Quraish leaders of Makkah once sent Najar bin Harith and Uqbah bin Abu Mu’at to the Jewish scholars of Madinah to test the authenticity of the Prophet’s prophecy.
They went to Madinah and asked the Jewish scholars about the Prophet (peace be upon him). They said to the Jewish scholars, ‘You have the knowledge of the Torah. One of our tribe is claiming prophethood. We came to ask about him. Teach us some things by which we can test him. ”
History behind it
When the Jewish scholars heard this, they said, “You will ask him about three things.
1) Ask him about the young men who fled a long time ago to practice the religion (the Companions of the Cave). What happened to them?
2) You will ask him about a believing servant of Allah who traveled all over the East and the West (Zulkarnain). What was his incident?
3) You will ask him about the soul, what is it?
If he can answer your question correctly, then you will understand that he is a true prophet. And you will follow him. And if he can’t answer, you’ll think he is a liar.”
With these questions, they returned to the Quraish of Makkah. Then they all went to the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) and asked him the three questions. Upon hearing their questions, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Tomorrow I will answer your questions.” In making this promise, the Prophet (peace be upon him) forgot to say the word ‘In-sha-Allah’. Hearing this, the disbelievers also left with the promise of an answer tomorrow.
However, after waiting for long 15 days from that day onwards, no revelation was revealed due to the mistake of not saying ‘In-sha-Allah’ while making the promise. Gabriel did not come during this time. The polytheists then began to mock his prophethood.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also became very worried. He wondered what had happened and waited for an answer from Allah.
Finally, after 15 days, Allah revealed Surah Al-Kahf and informed the Prophet (peace be upon him) about the Companions of the Cave (Ashab Al-Kahf), Zulkarnain, and soul (Ruh).
Just think! The revelation was closed for 15 days at such an important time because a person like the Prophet did not say ‘In-sha-Allah’! And how much we promise not to say ‘In-sha-Allah’ every day. May Almighty Allah give us the correct understanding. Ameen.