Hadeeth of At-Tirmithi about virtue of 'Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billah'
Fatwa No: 352513

Question

The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, "'Laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa Billaah Al-'Aliyy Al-'Atheem' is a door from one of the doors of Paradise.Whoever says 'Laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa Billaah', an angel descends to give good health/brings a cure for that person." (Tirmidhi). Is this Saheeh (authentic)?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The first part of the hadeeth: "Laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa Billah Al-'Aliyy Al-'Atheem (which means: There is no might and power but that of Allah, The Exalted, The Great)" was narrated by At-Tirmithi on the authority of Qays ibn Sa‘d ibn ‘Ubaadah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him. He narrated that his father offered him to the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, to serve him. He  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said, "The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, passed by me, and I had just performed the prayer; he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, poked me with his foot and said, 'Should I not direct you to a gate from the gates of Paradise?' I said, 'Yes.' He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, 'Laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa Billah.'" [At-Tirmithi]

Shaykh Al-Albaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him classified it as Saheeh (sound).

As for the part reading: "Whoever says, 'Laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa Billah,' an angel descends to give good health (brings a cure for that person)," we could not find it in the Hadeeth collections of At-Tirmithi or other Hadeeth scholars. It seems that it has no basis in the Sunnah.

Allah knows best.

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