Insha Allah means If Allah Wills. A explanantion of the phrase for new Muslims by Christal Joan Muslim blogger + life coach

Insha Allah | Things Muslims Say

Bismillahir rahmanir raheem


InshaAllah literally means if Allah swt wills. Muslims use it after saying they will perform an action in the future to indicate that they will do something only if Allah swt wills it to be.

We find the command of qualifying the things that we say with inshaAllah in Suratul Kahf,

And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow, 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

This is the surah that we should try to recite every Friday (Jumu’ah) for many reasons but one of them is “Whoever reads Surat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” (Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399)



There is a unique and beautiful story behind this ayah. Some men were asked to travel to see the Prophet (saw) by the rabbis and disbelievers of Makkah. They were told to ask the Prophet (saw) three questions about:

  1. Some young men in ancient times and their story
  2. A man who travelled a great deal and reached the East and West of the Earth
  3. The Ruh (the soul/spirit) and what it was

They were told that if He (saw) answered the questions then he was in fact a prophet of Allah swt. If he didn’t, he was making things up and He (saw) should be dealt with as they saw fit. When they went to the Prophet (saw) and asked him these questions. He (saw) said I will tell you tomorrow but did not say inshaAllah.

After 5 days, still no wahee (revelation) came to him through Jibril (as) and the people of Makkah started to disbelieve in him. Then Jibril (as) came with Suratul Kahf and the following

And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow”, 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.”

In total, he (saw) waited 15 days for wahee (revelation) to descend upon him with the correct answers.



The use of the phrase inshaAllah should bring humility and taqwa (piety/God-conciousness) into our hearts. It brings the realisation that unless Allah swt wills it’s not going to happen. A very important hadith on this subject says “And know that what has befallen you was not going to miss you, and that which missed you was not meant to befall you.” Saying inshaAllah is like taking out insurance with Allah swt, believing in this power and majesty.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Sulayman Ibn Dawud (as) said: ‘Tonight I will go around to all my seventy wives (according to some reports it is ninety or one hundred wives) so that each one of them will give birth to a son who will fight for the sake of Allah.’ It was said to him, (according to one narration, an Angel said to him), say, ‘If Allah Wills.’ But he did not say it. He went around to the women but none of them gave birth except for one, who gave birth to a half-formed child.” The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “By the One, in Whose Hands is my soul, had he said, ‘If Allah wills,’ he would not have broken his oath, and that would have helped him to attain what he wanted.” Sahih Bukhari



Making the distinction between inshaAllah yes and inshaAllah no can be very confusing! My non-Muslim friends have asked me about this and honestly, I can’t answer! Unfortunately, we as Muslims sometimes use the phrase inshaAllah as ‘no’ and an excuse to not do something.

By saying inshaAllah we’re often taking the phrase to mean “well if I say ‘if Allah swt wills’ and I don’t turn up or do what I’ve been asked then it’s not my fault. Allah swt didn’t want me to do it.” This isn’t the type of Islam we should want to show to the world and it can be very frustrating for the person on the other end of your inshaAllah.

InshaAllah isn’t a means to stop acting but a catalyst to act with the knowledge that you strive for Allah swt and Allah swt alone. Your reward is with Him.



One important thing to note on the use of inshaAllah is that we shouldn’t use it at the end of a dua. Mufti Menk describes it perfectly in this link entitled “Don’t say inshaAllah when making dua“. We should be begging Allah swt, not acting indifferently by saying ‘if He swt wills.’

Will you think the next time you say ‘inshaAllah’?

Insha Allah means If Allah Wills. A explanantion of the phrase for new Muslims by Christal Joan Muslim blogger + life coach


23 thoughts on “Insha Allah | Things Muslims Say

  1. Iqra says:

    You organise your blog post so neatly, mashAllah. It’s such a great idea to do a series on all these phrases! I actually choose sometimes to say in sha Allah in my heart to my own self instead of saying it aloud because I don’t want the other person to think that I am saying “no” or just saying in sha Allah just as a conversational word. But I do use it regularly all the same.

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. I do that too sometimes. I have another list of words I’d like to do because there as so many lol

  2. Farah Abdullah says:

    Really good article and it’s one topic that most usually leave out or consider a minor issue. Specially explaining what “In shaa’ Allah” means, to non-Muslims..

  3. Sara Saleh says:

    What an amazing informative post ! Sometimes we all use the phrase ‘insha’Allah’ without even thinking or understanding why. I will definitely think now and use this gift we have been given more wisely!

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. It’s so true though, we throw it around like confetti and forget how important it is. May Allah swt forgive us, Ameen

  4. Afreen says:

    Jazak Allah,,,,Your blog is very nice…and This is a good blog post…Insha Allah and all these phrases have so much importance and I did not know about the history..

    • Christal Joan says:

      Wa iyyaki sis. Much more to come inshaAllah. I love that in Islam everything has a story behind it. Our deen has so much beautiful context

  5. Nida says:

    Surah Khaf is a part of my life Alhumdulillah except on days I cannot recite the Quran. Soothes your heart and provides contentment Alhumdulillah. Thank You for sharing this beautiful piece.

  6. Larissa Bennett says:

    So. on. point.
    Many a time, we use this beautiful phrase without thinking or realisation what we have just said. The same can be said for making oaths. “walahi”
    May Allah accept this beautiful effort from you, I love this series of “things Muslim’s say.”

    • Christal Joan says:

      Ameen. Jazakillahu khayrun for your comment sis and you’re so right. I’ve added Wallahi to the next list of words I want to tackle insha Allah

  7. Khansa says:

    The essence of inshallah Allah is so beautiful. However, the way people use it these days without understanding makes the phrase reflect wrongly to Non Muslims. Thanks for taking the time to put this out there

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. I know it’s so true, I often have my non-Muslim friends asking me why people say it if they don’t mean it 🙁

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