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Say Hawqala: “There is no power or strength except with Allah.”

The Hawqala is short form of saying la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (Arabic “لا حول ولاقوة إلا بالله”) which is usually translated as “There is no power or strength except with Allah.” This short but powerful statement has many benefits.

Affliction of poverty

These words – ‘There is neither strength nor power save in God’ – have the striking effect of helping one to accomplish difficult work, bear fatigue, and endure fear or dreadful experience. For according to a hadith related by Ibn Abil-Dunya, the Messenger of God said, ‘For whoever says, “There is neither strength nor power save in God” one hundred times, no day shall be afflicted by poverty.”

Giving strength

The first thing that Almighty God had created, when His Throne was upon the waters, was the bearers of the Throne. They said, “Our Lord, wherefore have You created us?” God answered, “To bear My Throne.” “Our Lord, who is strong enough to bear Your Throne, when upon it lay Your greatness, might and honour?” He said, “For that I have created.” And they repeated this several times, until He told them, “Say: There is neither strength nor power save in God.” (lâ hawla wa lâ quwwata illâ bi Allâh) And they bore the Throne.’ (this Hadith is not verified strong or weak)

Treasures of Paradise

The Prophet , said to Abu Moosa Al-Ash‘ari : “Should I guide you to a word which is one of the treasures of Paradise?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet , said, “La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

During Adhan

There are many virtues of repeating after the Adhan (call to prayer) what the Muazzin (the person who calls the Adhan says). We repeat everything except when he says:

2x حي على الصلاة Hayya ‘ala-salahh Come to salat (prayer, worship)
2x حي على الفلاح Hayya ‘ala ‘l-falah Come to success

After both of these, we say the Hawqala.

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