“Allah would not have given wanting if He had not wanted to give.” Is this saying a hadith? Why do the things we wish do not come true although Allah wishes to give?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

This saying is not a hadith. It is a great succinct saying used among great wise men and Sufis to express a great truth. The origin of this saying is in Persian and it is as indicated below:

“Eger ne hahi dad, ne dadi hah” and the meaning is as follows : “Allah would not have given wanting if He had not wanted to give” (see Nursi, Letters, p.302).

The explanation of this saying is as follows: Allah is the owner of endless mercy. As a requirement of this mercy, Allah has created everything necessary for all creatures and especially for human beings. For example; man needs water, air, light, soil, food to survive. He also needs vision, hearing, thinking and speaking. And all those things have been created. This shows that there is a close link between the existence of man and the existence of those things. For instance; it is the same master who created eyes and the sun, ears and the air, food and the stomach. Accordingly, it can be said that Allah would not have given man the wish of seeing and eyesight if He had not wanted him to see. Allah would not have given man the desire of eating if He had not wanted to give man food and Allah would not have given man the wish to marry if He had not wanted man to marry.

At this point, the rule mentioned above is cited as an evidence of the endless mercy, absolute knowledge and limitless power of Allah. From this point of view, the wish of eternity/wish of being alive forever, which has been given to human beings, is presented as clear proof that they are candidates of an eternal life and they will definitely  be resurrected one day after their death and will start a new life.

As a matter of fact, Allah has introduced His endless mercy as a powerful reason for the existence of afterlife. A verse of the Quran related to the issue is as follows:

“Say: "To whom belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth?" Say: "To Allah. He hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. That He will gather you together for the Day of Judgment, there is no doubt whatever. It is they who have lost their own souls, that will not believe.” (al-An’am, 6/12)

Allah also states the following:

Say (to the Rejecters): "My Lord is not uneasy because of you if ye call not on Him: But ye have indeed rejected (Him), and soon will come the inevitable (punishment)!" (al-Furqan, 25/77)

“And your Lord says: "Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer)” (Ghafir, 40/60)

We understand from those statements that the one who created human beings needy, the one who ordered them to pray to Him for those needs and the one who promised to accept those prayers is Allah.

In the light of those verses of the Quran, it can be said that if Allah had not wanted to give man what they desired, He would not have given them the ability to want. If Allah had not wanted to accept the prayer of the stomach said in the language of hunger, He would have given neither the feeling of hunger nor the wish of expressing the hunger to the stomach. Then, Allah who has given to mankind the feelings and wishes of endless living, willing to exist forever, willing to be together with whom they love, will certainly accept their wishes. Since they are not accepted in  this realm; they will be accepted in another eternal realm.

Yes, if the Being who has created us had not wanted us to watch this realm, would He have given us eyes in the wombs of our mothers? If Allah had not wanted us to hear those beautiful sounds, would He have given us ears? From this viewpoint, the strongest evidence of afterlife is the “wish of living forever”, which is placed in man’s spirit.

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