حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ وَزُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ جَمِيعًا عَنْ ابْنِ عُلَيَّةَ قَالَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَعِيلُ ابْنُ عُلَيَّةَ عَنْ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ بْنِ صُهَيْبٍ عَنْ أَنَسٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا دَعَا أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَعْزِمْ فِي الدُّعَاءِ وَلَا يَقُلْ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ شِئْتَ فَأَعْطِنِي فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا مُسْتَكْرِهَ لَهُ
Anas bin Malik narrated, “The Messenger of Allah said, ‘When one of you makes dua, he should be firm in his supplication and should not say, “O Allah, if You wish then grant me (my request),” for indeed, there is none who can compel Him.’”
This hadith is recorded by Imam Muslim in his Sahih, and he in fact has a whole chapter in his book dedicated to this topic. It indicates towards one of the etiquettes of making dua, which is to have a firm resolve when doing so and to have full trust in Allah ta’ala that He will grant us our request. It teaches us that it is disliked to say things like “In-sha Allah” when making dua. Instead we should rather say “Ameen“.
People making dua and then saying “In-sha Allah” is not something that I can recall happening much in the past, but recently I have noticed it increasing markedly and happening very often, so much so that it’s become quite commonplace. Some people even say both “In-sha Allah” and “Ameen“. It might seem like the natural thing to say, since it is something related to a future occurrence, but from ahadith such as the above we learn that it is not correct to do so. What is worrying about all this, and what has driven me to make this post, is that I’ve seen even ‘ulama, shuyookh and khutaba’ doing this. They are the ones who should know better and if they practice it, then naturally other people too will begin to regard it as acceptable and might even think that it is the proper way of doing things!
May Allah ta’ala grant us all the tawfeeq to implement the guidance of the Prophet and call upon Him in the proper manner,
in-sha Allah Ameen. –