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When do you say inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un?

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
We always hear Muslims say inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ), but why do they say it? And, when? Let’s find out.

Innalillahiwainnailaihirojiun Meaning.

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un in English means “We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”. In most cases, you hear it when someone passes away, or when someone experiences or goes through a tragedy.

Inna lillahi wa Inna ilayhi rajioon is said in many cases like when losing something or suffering from something.

What does inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un means?

Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaihi rajiun means that we belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return. But it’s not just about our lives but it shows us that everything that we have or anything that surround us belongs to Allah.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“And to Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth….” (Surah Aal-Imraan:180)

“The kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in them belongs to Allah. He has power over all things.” (Surat al-Ma’ida: 120)

‘Say: ‘To Allah belongs the East and the West…’ (Surah al-Baqarah:142)

Muslims learned to say ‘innalillahiwainnailaihirojiun’ from the holy Quran.

ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَـٰبَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌۭ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ ١٥٦

who, when faced with a disaster, say, “Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we will all return.” [Surah Baqarah ayah 156]

English Translation of Inna Lillahiwa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

The English meaning of “inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji un” is “To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.” Lets understand the meaning of each word on its own.

Inna means “we”.

Li-llahi means “we belong to Allah”.

Wa Inna: wa means and, Inna means we, together they mean “and we”

ilayhi means “to him”.

Rajiun means “Will Return”.

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon Transliteration.

There are many ways to write Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, there are no right or wrong ways, to write it however you want what is important is that you can read it. Here are its different forms and you use the one that help you pronounce it correctly.

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

Innalillahiwainnailaihirojiun.

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

inna lillahi wa inallah rajioon.

inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji un

inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon.

ina lilah waina allah rajiun.

Inna lillahiwa Inna ilayhi raji’un Full Dua.

Umm Salamah (رضى الله عنها) narrated: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) saying, “When a person suffers from a calamity and utters:

إنَّا للـهِ وإنَّا إلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ، اللَّهُمَّ أجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيْبَتي، وأخْلِفْ لِي خَيْراً مِنْهَا

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. Allahumma-jurni fi musibati, wa akhlif li khairan minha

(we belong to Allah, and to him, we do return. o Allah, I seek reward with you for my affliction, so reward me for it, and replace it for me with something better)

also narrated with the following words in Tirmidhi: “when one of you is afflicted with a calamity, he should say:

إنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ اللَّهُمَّ عِنْدَكَ أَحْتَسِبُ مُصِيبَتِي فَآجِرْنِي فِيهَا وَأَبْدِلْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un, allahumma indaka ahtasibu musibati fa’jirni fiha wa abdil li khairan minha

(we belong to Allah, and to him, we do return. o Allah, I seek reward with you for my affliction, so reward me for it, and replace it for me with something better)

Then Allah surely compensates him with reward and better substitute.”

Al-Muṭṭalib reported from Umm Salamah: On an occasion, Abū Salamah came back after he was with Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) and said, “I heard Allah’s Messenger recite a statement that made me delighted.”

He said, “No Muslim is struck with an affliction and then says ‘istirja’ (saying: “Inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon” [from Allāh we come and to Him we will return]) when the affliction strikes, and then he says, ‘O Allah! reward me for my loss and give me what is better than it’, except that Allah will do that for him.”

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un in Arabic.

In Arabic it is written:

إِنَّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُون‎ (innā li-llāhi wa-ʾinnā ʾilayhi rājiʿūna).

Why do we say inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un?

We say inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un when we experience tragedies like death. When a Muslim hears that someone has passed away, he will say innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon.

They are not just words that we say when we experience tragedy, we should understand its true meaning and know that we all belong to Allah and so is everything we have in life.

Its English meaning is “we ALL belong to Allah and we ALL will return to him” this sentence shows us that we all will die one day and return to Allah.

“Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.” (3:185)

HADITH ON DUA WHEN CALAMITY STRIKES:

Umar bin Umm Salamah narrated from his mother, that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) said:

“When a calamity strikes one of you, then let him say: ‘Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. O Allah, I seek reward with You for my affliction, so reward me for it, and replace it for me with something better (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun Allahumma Indaka Ahtasibu Musibati Fa’jurni Fiha Wa Abdilni Minha Khair).’” When the time of death was near Abu Salamah, he said: ‘O Allah, replace me for my wife, with better than me.” So when he died, Umm Salamah said: “Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. I seek reward with Allah for my affliction, so reward me for it.”

We shouldn’t just say inalillahi wainailaihi rajiun when someone passes away or hears bad news, we should say it to remind ourselves of the day of judgment and that we all belong to Allah.

Allah said in the Quran: “Bear in mind that the present life is just a game, a diversion, an attraction, a cause of boasting among you, of rivalry in wealth and children. It is like plants that spring up after the rain: their growth at first delights the sowers, but then you see them wither away, turn yellow, and become stubble. There is terrible punishment in the next life as well as forgiveness and approval from God; the life of this world is only an illusory pleasure.” (57:20)

How to reply to inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un?

Here is how to reply to inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un:

إن لله ما أخذ، وله ما أعطى، وكل شيء عنده بأجل مسمى.

God has what He took, and He has what He gave, and everything with Him has an appointed term.

جزاكم الله عنا الخير، ورزقنا اللهم الصبر والسلوان.

May Allah reward you, and may Allah grant us patience and solace.

اللهم أجرنا خيرا في مصيبتنا، لا إله إلا الله.

Oh God, reward us with good in our calamity, there is no god but God.

Conclusion

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un means “We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”. And written in Arabic as follows: إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

There are many ways to write it like:

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

Innalillahiwainnailaihirojiun.

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

inna lillahi wa inallah rajioon.

And they are all correct, how you write it is not important the important thing is to know how to say it and its meaning.

The origins of inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un is the holy Quran, it was mentioned in surah al- Baqarah:

ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَـٰبَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌۭ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ ١٥٦

who, when faced with a disaster, say, “Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we will all return.” [Surah Baqarah ayah 156]

we don’t just say it when someone passes away, it is said whenever we experience tragedies and loss, to remind ourselves that we all belong to Allah and to Him, and we will return again, it is just a matter of time.

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