Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un is a Quranic verse number 156 found in Surah Al Baqarah, para number 2. Muslims commonly recite this verse from Quran when they know someone’s death. This statement is also used when people are confronted with a disaster.
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un Meaning
“Indeed, we belong to Allah, and to Allah we shall return,” says this phrase.
Here is a list of all the words and their definitions:
Inna: We in the sense of really, indeed, assuredly, verily.
Lillahi: We are Allah’s own.
Wa Inna: Wa means and, whereas Inna means indeed, we
Ilayhi is a word that meaning towards Him.
Raji’un means return.
When to Say?
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that saying this phrase is not limited to reciting upon receiving death news of a person. It can, however, be said in any situation in which you are faced with some type of distress or tragedy.
Imam Muslim narrates:
Hadhrat Salma said that she heard Our Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) saying, “A Muslim who recites Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un is never put in trouble, and Allah rewards him for the misery endured.” (Sahih Muslim)
In his Tafseer, Imam Qartbi described how the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) went off. And upon this, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said this phrase. It was also asked if there was any kind of distress or affliction involved. According to the Prophet (PBUH),
“Everything that makes a Muslim uncomfortable might be classified as an ailment.”(Tafseer of Qurtubi)
Said upon hearing news of the deceased
When a Muslim learns of someone’s death, they recite this phrase, which means “may Allah grant [name of dead] jannat-ul-firdos”.
What’s important is that we don’t get into the habit of just repeating this statement without giving them any thought.
Don’t allow it just be a statement that comes out of your mouth; it’s a strong dua, and we should be careful what we say because it can help us behave ourselves better.
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un Full Dua
The Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said in a Hadith,
There is no Muslim who is oppressed by a disaster and claims that Allah has aided him, Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahumma ajirni fi museebati wakhluf li khayran minha. As a result, Allah will reward him with something better.
This due reminds us to strive in Allah’s name. If said with sincere intent, the prayer should be accompanied by a deep conviction in one’s heart that “to Allah we belong”.
Finally, this phrase should not be limited to hearing of someone’s death; it should be a dua to encourage us to strive in the name of Allah during difficult conditions.
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