Questioner: Is it from the Sunnah to say ‘In shaa Allaah’ (if Allaah wills) after ablution?
Dr Sharof: (You can say it) if you are discussing with someone. As for the supplication after ablution, we all know it. Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaLlaah wahdahu laa shareekalah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rosuuluh (I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped but Allaah (alone), and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger)! There is a narration in Bukhaareey and Muslim which states that if one recites the supplication (after performing ablution) the eight gates of Al-Jannah will be opened for one and one may enter through any gate one wishes. There is a narration which states that one of the gates is as wide as the distance between Makkah and San’aa. Makkah to San’aa which is the capital of Yaman, this is not comparable with the gates of this world. The eight gates will be opened for you to enter via anyone you like. This is a great bounty for the Muslims. For this reason, do not die except as a Muslim.
Allaahumma aj’alni min al-tawwaabeen waj’alni min al-mutatahhireen (O Allaah, make me one of those who repent and make me one of those who purify themselves) is another supplication (after performing ablution); there are some other additions from Imaam Tirmidhi and some other scholars (of hadeeth). However, there is an addition to this supplication which is not appropriate “wa ja’alni mina ‘ibaadika Saaliheen” (make me one of those who are righteous). It is a good supplication, but it is not good in this position. This is because the Sunnah does not mention that it should be said at that position.
Also, it is from the Sunnah to say ‘SubhaanokaLlaahumma wa bihamdik ashhadu an laa ilaaha ilaa ant, astagfiruka wa atoobu ilayk’ (O Allaah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped except You, I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance) after ablution. As for ‘In shaa Allaah’ (if Allaah wills), we do not know of the command to say it.
[SOURCE: The tape, “EXPLANATION OF THE NAMES AND ATTRIBUTES OF ALLAAH”]
Transcribed by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey