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Islamic etiquette - 02 - In sha'Allah by Nayzak Islamic etiquette - 02 - In sha'Allah by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

Continuing our series of Islamic etiquette, today we see the expression 'in sha'Allah'.

One of the teachings of Islam is that when we undertake a task, we should start by saying, إن شاء الله “in sha' Allah” —Allah willing.

“Allah willing” or “in sha'Allah” is a phrase of great significance. Islam teaches us that whenever a person is going to embark upon any venture, he should say, “If Allah wills” before he begins. because we know that nothing will occur, even if it seems certain, unless the almighty God allows it to happen.

The God -all praise be to him- instructed us in his final revelation saying:
وَلَا تَقُولَنَّ لِشَيْءٍ إِنِّي فَاعِلٌ ذَٰلِكَ غَدًا
Nor say of anything, "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow"-
إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَىٰ أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَٰذَا رَشَدًا
Except [when adding], "If Allah wills." And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, "Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct."
The Qur'an - translation of 18:23-24
This is to acknowledge the reality that Allah Alone is the Doer in this world. A person can achieve his ends successfully only when Allah permits it. Allah Alone has the power to make things happen or prevent them from happening, as everything functions according to His Will. Man can only wish for certain happenings, but occurrence rests with the God Alone.

In this way, man acknowledges that he can only make a beginning. So far as the completion of the task is concerned, it lies entirely in God's Hands. The phrase “in sha' Allah” in its essence is a form of prayer. it also strengthens Muslim's belief in Allah's oneness and keeps him far from any sign of polytheism.
Beginning one’s work with “in sha' Allah” is like seeking God's company and when The God, the Lord of the universe, accompanies us on our journey, who can stop us from reaching our destination?"

:bulletred: A QUESTION:

Someone may legitimately ask: "if everything is by God's will, then where is our freedom choice?"
the question of destiny and free will is a common one in Islam. it was discussed and explained by Muslim scholars throughout the ages.

Before he created anything, The God almighty has wrote His plan. With his infinite knowledge, he knew all that was going to happen. so he wrote it all and kept it in what is called the اللوح المحفوظ “Preserved Tablet.” or "the Book of Decrees". Then, humans, like the jinn (known as demons, devils, ghosts...), were created with a free will. We are free to choose between good and bad, between obedience to the God and disobedience. This is one of the main distinctions between us and Allah’s angels, who do not possess this ability (keep in mind that in Islam, Satan is not an Angel, but a Jinn, that's why he disobeyed the God). They are commanded and they obey Allah without fail; they do not ask why or why not. Allah knew what would occur in all places and times even before He wrote anything. Once His plan was written, fully knowing what would occur in His Creation, our destinies were set.

Our free will, though, is not hindered in Allah’s knowing the future. He knows what we will choose and the results of those choices. Just because He knows what we will do, and even all of the ramifications of those choices, this does not change the fact that the choice was ours alone. According to His divine decree He allows some of what we plan to do to be fulfilled while preventing other plans. This is all in His infinite wisdom and for His own divine reasons.

Nothing happens in this life except what Allah allows to occur, good or bad. It is not Allah’s fault if evil is allowed to spread on the earth; the fault is ours alone. He has given us everything we need to live peaceful and prosperous lives, and the guidance of prophets to keep us on the straight path; however, we often refuse to follow His guidance. The results are that we suffer from negative choices or that we benefit from positive ones. besides, the presence of Evil in the world is a test for us in this earthly life...

If you want to learn more about free will, fate and destiny, please read my other article:

I hope this was beneficial.

The Arabic sentence "In Sha'Allah' is written in Diwani script.

More about "in sha'Allah":

More from this series:

If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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1234567z Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
MashaAllah so cute form to learn
kh-atab Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
ماشاء الله
Oshydeino Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
In turkey we usually use the word inshallah as a I hope so thing not as an okay
kokocake Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you an arabian?
luzkynuzhat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thankyou for the permission.May ALLAH reward you. can you please send me the original files. these downloaded images get distorted when i try to enlarge them. Jazakallah.
Sonata-Yanni Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Itsukiart Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not sure if necessary...still shoot them both to be sure.
Nayzak Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
you are a terrorist.
taara6 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
ماشاء الله
ikhwandesignart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Interface Designer
marydemauro Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for these--I'm working on a comic with my friend and one of my characters is a Muslim girl. These comics and illustrations are really helping me develop her. :)
Cupcakerandomness Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're working on a comic too? Me too! My friend and I are the main characters and were both Muslim, but shes the one who wears a hijab, not me. These drawings are really helping me!
Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely picture and thank you for the article!
SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Or instead of saying yes or no say inshallah >.< in the end they mean no
SaveThePlanet22 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
My Venezuelan family is Catholic. In Spanish, they say "si Dios quiera" which means if God will. "Ojala" means the same thing and it originates from "Oh Allah."
mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
al slamo alykom wa rahamto ALLAHE wa bratkoh


very very very very impressive my big bro

may ALLAHE give you thawab a Looooooooooooooooot

thnak you very much for the hardest work

Emo-san-sad Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
رسمك في منتها الروعة أخي نيزك :heart:
ولكن لدي أستفسار..
أذا طلب منا أحد أن نوصل سلامة وجاوبناه بــ " إن شاء الله " ألان تكون هذه أمانة ؟
أقصد إذ لم نوصلها فهل سنحاسب عليها في يوم الحساب ؟
و شكرا : )
FaceTheWorldDude Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
let me understand this, we made the choice, even the consequence is from Allah, still, we as the humans who have given the freedom of choice must be responsible to it. Same goes to the evil on this earth, right?
okay, that's easy.
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How lovely!
After--Life Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have a question.

If you really wish for something to happen, and you pray to Allah (swt) every day for the wish to be fulfilled, and many months pass and you've seen sort of 'signs' from Allah (swt) regarding your wish, but you are NOT 100% sure if they are signs or not, but when they do occur, your heart trembles and you say, "Oh this was surely from God", but as time passes, you re-imagine those signs again that occurred in the past and they seem like it was all coincidence.

What would you do in this situation?
Amikazi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May you continue to educate believers and non-believers alike with your art and articles, Inshallah.
Triela-sama Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question :D
Do Arabic speaking Christians and Jews say "in sha'Allah" to say "God willing" or is this way of phrasing only said by Muslims?
MuteStorm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Yes, they do say InshaAllah... as well as mashaaAllah, and alhamdulilaah... :)
PrimaE Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In my opinion, it really doesn't matter where you live, it's part of the culture too. I'm from Indonesia where the majority of people are Muslims, the native language is not Arabic. But there are inherent words used often by the common people that are Arabic, the Christians there use the term "Insha'allah" as well.

Some even use the greeting, "Assalamu alaikum" just like the Muslims. It's become part of the tradition.
Triela-sama Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, awesome. Thanks very much for telling me :D
PrimaE Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 You welcome! :hug:
AhmedDGreen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no it's not just muslims it's said by all believers
Triela-sama Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks :)
DassKapital Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Nice illustration.

I do believe your question,

Someone may legitimately ask: "if everything is by God's will, then where is our freedom choice?"

Could, and maybe should, be another whole topic of discussion.

much cheers to you and yours.
JulissaDeLaJewls Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
(I'm a Christian) I've seen your art work on DA for a while now. I like how it shows the positive and true side of Islam. Also I did not you guys say that when making a commitment. (I learn something new everyday)
CPIngrid Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You know, I've tried to participate in a variety of Christian sects, churches, and beliefs, but none of them have ever appeared as clear, as free of contradiction, or really as reassuring as your articles describing Islam have been. I love learning about Islam from your work. And honestly, learning that the God is with you while you act on your own accord even when he already knows what will happen speaks on a whole new level to me. I'm not sure how to describe the feeling, but maybe, God willing, I can get it across somehow (lol). :D
DaniRouge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic as always. I keep learning, and I love your work.
zmote Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice ^^
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