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  1. This is a really important article for our current generation.In Sha Allah has strongly been abused.I am leaving in a diverse cultural society and has faced the example you gave many times.People think In Sha Allah signifies I may do it or not.

    • Salam. Funny thing is I thought it only applies to my race and in my country only. Haha..didn’t know its a worldwide problem.

      I learn to use the word no more nowadays too. It’s better that way.

      And if someone expects me to come on a certain date, I’ll just say I will come if there is nothing stopping me, insyaAllah.

  2. A great and most needed corrective attempt.Its misuse has caused greatest harm to the reputation of Muslims all over.Allah has created us with faculties and given guidance.Tere would be no accountability had Allah given us the option to shift our responsibility to Allh.

  3. Jazaaka Allahu khayra for reminding us, it’s great article and of course practically can be implemented… ISHAALLAH by action

  4. Mashallah. That is a very nice article. May Allah reward your effort in giving people a call on this important issue, it is so easy to misuse this word. Jazakallah khairan. And may Allah make it easy for us to be people of truth all times

  5. Interesting piece of article. I really did enjoy learning about the history of in Sha Allah and its usage. JazakAllahu khairan.

  6. Top of subject on matter of sincerity, faith, and high desire to do good deed. It will be also helpful to remind people who lack time and patience , by presenting them insha Allah on video with symboles, pictures, and actions.
    We really see the solid link between Muslim productivity and the phrase inshaa Allah..
    All people will benefit from the deep understanding of IN SHAA ALLAH.
    Jazakom Allaho Kheyran.

  7. Assalam Aleikum. Thank you for writing this beautiful and yet very useful article. Coming from a Muslim background, it almost comes as second nature to say In sha Allah without actually thinking through it because for whatever your intent and purpose, you always relate it with a spiritual attachment. I had however never come across In sha Allah being used in a deceitful way but was reminded by two people i interacted with who cited how this was often misused especially among the Sudanese community that they had lived in. They stated specific scenarios of being told, ” In sha Allah tal bukra” or just “In sha Allah” to mean nothing was going to be done. As a matter of fact one cautioned me from using and querying if I actually meant what I had said. It is then that I started paying attention to what I say with purpose and right intent.

    I hope this is an eye opener to the entire ummah too. May Allah (swt) enjoin us in doing good and discourage the bad. Jazzak Allah Kheir for this article and Baraka lahu feekh.


  8. I just loved this article.. In shaa Allah is misused more than anything else in our lives.. I myself remember making time tables to study and writing in shaa Allah at the end and then not putting in even a bit of effort in it and then thinking like it was Allah’s will for me not being able to study..Astaghfirullah for that….jazakAllah for such a great correction so essential to our lives !!

  9. Asslmalkm this article was really very informative and an eye opener for we Muslims should be responsible for what we speak and do and not become someone to be taken lightly very very enlightening may we all progress in the right direction.Ameen.

  10. A very informative, thought provoking article and interesting to read. It am grateful to have read this and I hope other readers do. We should realise the importance of saying “insha allah” and say it with sincerity.

  11. Jazakallah Khair for such an amazing article. However, nowadays people actually expect us to say In sha ALLah because they basically want to hear a yes or some hope that we would actually do that thing. Even if we refuse them politely they still find it offensive. May Allah guide us, ameen.

  12. Definitely food for thought! JazakAllah khair for this. It is indeed by improving on the little things that we can strive to perfect our ibadah and character.

  13. subhanaAllah, this phrase In sha allah we misused, in somalia if person say to me this phrase I assume that person is telling me lie because we as Somalis customized to misuse this phrase. thank you for sending me this valuable and blessed article. And i will share my friends in sha allah and i expect to change my self and helped me save a lot of mistakes Bi idn Lahi Karem.

  14. Assalamualaikum, good article. To tell the truth is always more polite as to try to hide. Just start do it and everybody can find his way to say no politely. Clear minds will understand and appreciate

  15. Great article! Indeed ‘Insha’Allah’ is used by many people to say ‘No’.This article explained very well about InshaAllah and how to say no, which are doable and very practical tips. Jakazallahu khayran:)

  16. Please Keep it up!
    Your Articles mashallah are Very Very Beneficial.
    May Allah (swt) reward you and make you a reason for raising this Ummah>>

  17. Alhamdulillah, I have learnt a great lesson today and in shaa ALLAH, it would make me a better person. jazakALLAHu khayran for sharing.

  18. Jazak Allah khair. Nice article but i wouldn’t say In sha Allah ever lost it’s dignity we humans lost ours by mis using it. There are times when you just have to say no because if you say “I’ll check my calendar and get back to you” ,then if the person comes for an answer later,will you make up another excuse? By making excuses you will just prolong a difficult situation so my advise is to just say some really nice things to the person to make him feel good and then just say no, except if he is your boss .If he is your boss you mighr just have to accept and try to make the best out of it.

  19. the real problem in muslim countries is NOT SPEAKING THE TRUTH. If we speak thr truth, then we will automatically honor our promises also and will have a mindset to do the work when we say inshaallah. Similarly if
    someone asks for an appointment we will first check and then commit and say Inshalah i will come.
    In muslim countries whe someone invites fro marriage or dinner at a particular time, no one goes at
    that time . because time is irrelevant it is not truthful.
    so our major problem is not being truthful.The culture automatically changes when we speak thr

  20. Assalamu alaykum, this a very good article and will be beneficial for those that decide to practice it. Your articles have been very inspiring and helpful. May Allah increase your knowledge and understanding, ameen

  21. Now THIS is why I love this site! Practical advice for people who are willing to put in the effort to succeed and be better people…while being faithful Muslims at the same time. May Allah continue to inspire you and your team.

  22. Dear Mohamed,
    Thank you very much for this article,as already mentioned this word Inshaallah has always been misused.The only way to say a NO to somebody politely to explain why you have said a NO for example my boss asked me to accompany him for a meeting,I just said I wont make it because I have a lot of assignments to accomplish. And he didn’t have any problem with that.

  23. Thank you for this educative article, as always. I have learnt how the phrase Isha Allah came into Islam. And it came in a very serious matter. It proved that the Prophet SAW is, as he was told to tell us, a human like us who is inspired to by Allah therefore a Prophet. It’s not therefore surprising that he SAW was told to tell us that at the tail end of the same chapter(chapter of cave). This has underlined the importance of insha Allah. Your lessons on how to restore its dignity is very apt. Jazaka Allahu khairan.

    • Great article here. Jazakumullahu Khayran.

      I think you can add it that it is wrong to say In Shaa Allah after making dua. Most people do this mistake. Ameen is to be said after making dua. And Allah knows best.

  24. Very true .lots of people doing this .I’m sure with your article they can realise how they using the word In sha Allah.

  25. Assalamualaikum all,
    Kudos for addressing this “global issue” of the Muslim Ummah and provide practical solutions to avoid same mistakes again and again.

    Just want to share my thoughts, for me, We must have a pure intention of doing what we are going to do and it’s ok to say In shaa Allah. If something does happen which is beyond our control and we can’t fulfilled our “promises”, I believe we’ll not be held accountable for that.

    On the other hand, if deep in our heart and mind we know that we’ll not be able or even to commit ourselves to do “it”, better say NO.

    There’s no disgrace in saying NO rather than people look down on us for repeatingly break our “promises”. After all We humans naturally comprises of YES and NO, POSITIVE and NEGATIVE, and so on and so forth

    Thank you.

  26. its soo good article and a must read article for those saying In shaa Allah and not even putting an effort for doing that work where they are saying this phrase

  27. That’s true! Inshallah is word Which will make us and everyone knows and make sure that the will of Allah is more sure for us then our plans but also should be the true for every one because we can make this blessed word as a lying especially for non Muslims who don’t know how this word is powerful it’s our responsibility to don’t
    misused it because it doesn’t mean by Inshallah that you not sure about what you say or not decide of it but just you say it in the way of ” I decided but it can’t be done without Allah’s will ”
    May Allah reward you and help us to serve our Deen not to destroy it by our mistakes and sins

  28. A truely insightful article and very true, it has given me lots to think about . I know many people, including myself, who use in sha Allah as a get out clause. But your are absolutely right if we don’t have the intention to do/complete something we shouldn’t use this phrase.
    Jazzak Allah, may Allah swt reward you for your efforts

  29. Alhamdulillah, this is the article that I’ve been looking for. The article really woke me up about saying in shaa Allah. Yes, it is true that I kept using in shaa Allah for delaying etc, which was incorrect.

    May Allah bless the author of the article. In shaa Allah I shall apply the knowledge I’ve gained from this article.


  30. sorry my english realy not goog..

    this’s a goog article, as a muslim we have to say “in-sha-allah” for every thing that we will do

  31. On lighter note, here in the Middle East, a way to say ‘no’ or ‘later/next time’ is the combination of ‘IBM’- Insha Allah, Bukrah, Malish (God willing, tomorrow, apologies) !

    • Salamu alaikum Nadheer it is better you don’t combine In Sha Allah with anything . Except if it is reported that the Prophet did it or any of his companions and he did not object to it.

  32. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful information.I will try my best to say no when I am sure I do not want to do something. May Allah give us the courage to do so.

  33. May Allah grant every Muslim courage to say NO when needed.
    It is clear hypocrisy / false assurance when a Muslim without having sincere willingness in mind says In shaAllah .
    Al-Hamdu Lillah , I do not remember any occasion in my 58 years life of saying In shaAllah without having willingness in mind and effort to fulfill the promise that is hidden in In shaAllah.
    In shaAllah is a very powerful DUA to receive Allah’s help in anything we want to do sincerely.

  34. A very nice article ,capturing the actual points and are really true .When we say InShaAllah people feel that it will be nearer to no, I mean that most of us think that ,when we want to say no,we say InShaAllah. so people are getting wrong perception and impact of the word InShaAllah . Hence ,in order to remove this wrong perception and impact of this word, we need to stop misusing it ,and start using it with the good intention that we will do it ,to the maximum of our limits.

    What are some of your effective techniques to say ‘no’ politely?
    To answer this question , I would say that we should be straight forward in our replies, rather than pretending to reply InShaAllah with the intention of No in our mind ,as said and clearly explained in this article.

  35. imagine i didn’t know saying it without intentions is a sin.I always use it to escape JazaakumuLLaahu khayran for this.
    I’ll be more careful now.

  36. These kind of articles are really useful for our generation, as they help us in knowing the real story behind whatever things Allah SWT have blessed us with are really for us. So we should use them in our daily day-today life to make our existence more meaningful as an Ummah.

  37. JazaakumuLlah khayr.
    Its good article mashaa Allah.
    If there is something against my Faith (Islam). I go straight to the point i say Very sorry I won’t attend or do I cant do that and give the reason withought hiding by AlhamduliLlah They know me( my collieques and the community in general).
    If it is a request from my Boss if i dont have a strong reason to reject l try to do it in my level best.
    Tjanks for sharing with nice article.May Allah swt guide us. Aameen.
    May Allah swt

  38. Although i had read surat ul Kahf so many times yet i don,t know about the history behind this ayah i always remind myself that its a rule of ALLAH to say In shaa ALLAH after every thing you wanted to achieve ,i never ponder in such a way now i know JazakALLAH khyrain for sharing this informative article

  39. This is an excellent post. It’s not only an abuse of the words but bothers on integrity of the one saying it. I remember a former military head of state in my country whose most said words is this such that non Muslims and Muslims alike don’t take his words for it.

  40. Assalamoualeykoum, good article , and nice to read it full view on the screen.
    A way to say no , is to first clearly and politely tell the person we are not able to do whatever action is to be done , and suggest something else. Let’s say someone wants us to give a talk and we don’t want to do it for a good reason. We can say “sorry I will not be able to it ,but I know about so and so person who is very good at that …”
    In that way the person understood our no, but inshallah still has another opportunity to carry out his work , and at the same time , it is an opportunity for us to share good information or tell someone useful to someone. Actually we did a good action. We don’t even feel the guilt of saying”no” anymore!

  41. I found this piece so educative with all encouragement and warning where necessary relating to the use of the simple but heavy phrase (in sha Allah)
    I appreciate your effort which, inspired me to continue using the phrase- in sha Allah judiciously

  42. Great article. I am very impressed about the way you handle information and interpret them in a way we can all understand.
    MashAllah! I am looking forward to the next article.

    Jazak Allah Khair

  43. A well-researched and much-needed read….I’m currently working with some non-Muslim colleagues and it’s quite embarrassing to explain to them that I’m not putting off my work when I say in shaa Allah – unfortunately, their experience has taught them otherwise.

  44. Well first of all excellent!
    Human beings are being created in the finest form as Allah (SW) mention it, that’s true. Allah looking at the hard work paid by person grants what he wants irrespective of if he believes him or not( that’s the Allah SW’s way of giving he even give to those who don’t believe him. Allah Has mentioned in the Quran that’s he gives even more to enjoy the pleasure of this world.
    When a non believer, by just doing hard work can get lots of blessings, can think that they are the one can do and no divine power is there.. Sort of!
    At the same time when we Muslim knowing that there is Allah SW, and he can give us even more if we sincerely put an effort in it, I wonder why we don’t do hard work.
    Many Ahadees strongly suggest the importance of hard work being a source to get ticket for paradise. ( serve the humanity)… If we some how say that we believe in Allah ( SW) it means we believe in every single word revealed to last prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Then the question is why we don’t try to follow it?
    The reason is Allah does not like us to lie.. He helps those who help themselves and if those all are believers, they are with double duty to even work harder than usual, knowing and begging deep inside from Allah that I want to prove, I am a good Muslim. We take a promise seriously., We take commitment seriously, we take care and love people more than other.. We don’t lie. These are simple things but require a lot of courage to practice.
    Inside us we know that we can’t achieve this without the help of Allah.. So asking for help saying InshaAllah and doing things practically a key to success.
    I am very much agreed on the article view that that when we say good words like InshaAllah and then don’t put effort. That’s the disaster we are contributing to the society and religion and it’s not a good thing actually very very bad!!! We should at least pay some respect that we have said InshaAllah and now I want to make my Allah Happy that I used his name ( and I believe Allah gives ).
    It all comes with sincerity deep inside the heart, and serious attitude that’ s again a Allah’ s blessing and Allah (SW) gives to the one he wants. I pray that please Allah (SW) please make me of those who recieved your blessings not of those who were abandoned. Make me righteous. I am sure that all of us know that this is our pray.
    Practical tip is.. Make a dua, a lot of serous sincere dua and then promise to yourself yes I will put as much as effort I can ( my 100%) and then please Allah help me, and I won’t regret if after my 100% you think it’s not good..and don’t make it happen, may be I am on the wrong track then help me and give my heart a satisfaction. I know you are there watching me closely and you love me. I know if you like or it’s good for me you will do it.
    May Allah SW help us.
    Please don’t mind if there are spelling issues and I could not explain well. I am still learning and trying to be a good writer :-)
    Happy praying:-)👍

  45. A very informative article. I’m surrounded by mostly non muslims so ” inshaAllah” isn’t used much. However, while working in Saudi Arabia I came to realise that “no” was sadly replaced by “inshaAllah” . It seems like it’s cultural because I have no problem in saying “no”.

  46. Good to read your article on something which is very important and relevant to we human beings especially the Muslims. It has covered many aspects of the subject. I will also add… say Insha Allah if you are determined to do something about which you are not sure you can accomplish.But in that case you will explain the difficulty in the task to your boss for example . In this way you will not only avoid rejection of something you like to do because it related to your promotion or increasing your experience etc.but also get an opportunity to do something useful for you.

  47. Jazak Allah khair for guidance.
    I think a polite no is always better than a fake promise or any other false way like misusing
    in sha Allah.

  48. MashaALLAH beautifully written it reminds me that everything is in control of ALLAH sbw, jazakumaALLAH khaiyr for sharing, keep it up!

  49. MashaAllah very good. ….was thinking about it since long…..amazing effort
    another way is to say “I’ll try my best to come or to do such a such thing etc

  50. Jazakallah Hu khair. excellent article. We use it so often and yet without any thought. In Shaa Allah we will learn how to say no tactfully and use the term in Shaa Allah appropriately. ameen

  51. As salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
    Alhamdulillah brother u explained very beautifully the dignity of ‘in shaa Allah’.
    May Allah reward you and people around u for spreading the knowledge of deen. Ameen.
    Jazzak Allahu khairan

  52. Assalamu alaykum ,brother
    Thank you for reminding us the virtues and dinfinied word of IN SHA ALLAH. it was truely educative.

  53. Assalaamu alaikum, Ya Abuproductive !!!!

    This article is so relevant to our current condition!!! It is unlocking the perception of saying In Sha Allah, plus how to keep its dignity in daily communication !!! Simply learning how to say No!!! It is so well written that I inclined to write this comment and I must say that it is easy to put in to practice. Jazak Allah, Abuproductive!!!

  54. Thank you for such a brilliant and informative article. One much needed. We have been misusing the word and I hope people come to realise that after reading this article. Honestly, it has become pretty annoying when people say ‘inshaAllah’ instead of a clear ‘no’.

  55. Assalamun alaykum,

    Many thanks for this informative article. I try to be careful about how I use Inshallah, but I’m aware that it is, unfortunately, used by some to “brush things under the carpet”. If we’re reminded about something we were asked but couldn’t complete we would (may Allah protect) blame Allah (SWT) for not “allowing” it to happen.

    Therefore we must be careful to remember that an important aspect of Islam is that a believer’s intention is more important than his actions. We must “want” to do something, in order for Allah (SWT) to help us complete it. It’s a form of prayer.

    JazakAllahu khayran

  56. Assalamu Alaikum,

    Jazakallah for sharing this. Very useful & important article.

    In my perception, I would say that people doesnot understand the meaning of Insha Allah properly.
    For each and everything supposed to be done , they say Insha Allah.

    If the task or activity is really can be done, I have learnt that we need stress and say ” Yes , Insha Allah “, which is positive approach.
    Instead saying simply Insha Allah, add some more words to stress upon it to make it more positive if the tasks can be done & it is going to
    happen. Then only , we could trust on words.

    • WalaikumSalaam Abdul Raoof, and shukran for explaining that we are to use it in our everyday lives and to say yes first and not just In’Sha’Allaah …..Alhumdulillah for the article too… but now I don’t have to explain it,because you did for me :) MashaAllaah!

  57. Assalam alaikum…
    an Amazing piece masha Allah!
    I believe a NO will always remain a No even if the entire world says Yes, saying No isn’t really hard, it gets hard only when you want it to be hard and when one tries to be decietful.

    let’s learn to be straight foward yet polite.
    and we have reasons for saying No then tell the person No and give him/her a reason why you saying No.

    for instance if a friend of mine were to her party, it’ll be like:

    friend: Aysha I am inviting you for my birthday party.

    Aysha: I am sorry I really can’t attend/make it. because I don’t attend parties.

    I mean no one would kill or force you for saying No and giving your reasons.
    its better than saying insha Allah knowing deep in your heart you won’t even attempt…

    May Allah keep us steadfast on the Deen and always say that which is uptight/true.

  58. We should always check out at the seriousness of our intention before we say In sha Allah and the vice-versa should always end sincere plans and commitments with In sha Allah! This is what I have learnt from this awesome article.
    Jazak Allahu Khairan

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  60. Very good article and advise
    I like and love most of the work and articles and emails sent by Abu Productions, but i need to acknowledge that i cannot read all
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  61. Masha’Allah, very informative article, I’ll now think twice before lying but misusing the word “Insha’Allah” as well as caution my friends and colleagues. Jazakallah Kheiran.

  62. Aslkm There is excellent depth in the information on Insha Allah. Jazak Allah Khairan. May Allah swt reward u for all ur productive endeavours

  63. Masha Allah. Its a wounderful article full of wisdom. I sincerely appreciate your effort in reviving and reminding us the true islamic heritage. Jazaakallahu Allahu khayra. Expecting more in sha Allah.

  64. mashallah! amazing n worth for sharing firstly i want to improve the way of saying inshallah on my life jazakallahukhair!

  65. Subhaallah, let’s restore the dignity of inn syaa Allah. I bet people nowadays tent to use the phrase inn syaa Allah without really mean to seek permission of Allah S.W.T. So maybe we who now realized about this matter should make our self a great little ambassador of Islam to spread about this. Inn syaa Allah amin.

  66. اسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    It’s an eye opener. I never realized the wisdom behind “In-sha-Allah” and how many of us knowingly or unknowingly been disrespecting such a strong phrase until I read this article. Allah can turn things upside down with His Will and we couldn’t care less to set our affairs with others in the name of His Will. Thank you for sharing this article and for teaching us the readers to be careful the next time we say In-sha-Allah. May Allah bless you and the team of Productive Muslim.

  67. I knew deep inside I was misusing in sha Allah. And for soon long that I don’t even feel the guilt. This article is defenatly on the point. Every one of us should share this article with as many PPL as we can.. jaAkaAllah kharain kaseeran to the author.. :)

  68. thank you for this. as a people, Muslims have to retrace our steps on the use of in-sha Allah so the negative image will not the first thing that comes to mind.