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The Expression “The Rest is Up to Allah” is Not Correct

How correct is it to say, “I have done my best and the rest is up to Allah”?

Praise be to Allah.

This expression is not correct, because it means that the one who does that is relying upon himself first of all. 

Saying, “I have done my best and I ask Allah for help” is correct. Perhaps when a person says, “I have done my best and the rest is up to Allah,” he means what I have mentioned, i.e., I have done what I can and what I cannot do is up to Allah. But the basis of this expression is wrong, rather he should say, “I have done my best and I ask Allah for help.”.

Fatwa of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) in Majallat al-Hibah, issue no. 50, p. 17.
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