“When I make future plans do I say inshAllah? Do I mean it? What are the implications of these great phrases?”
Alhamdulillah I do say InshAllah most of the time when I talk about the future. Infact I think I say it too often. In an email or sms I write inshAllah at least 5 times. I do mean it , but I never really reflect on it when I say it. I think when we say it we need to ponder over the fact that Allah makes future plans possible and if things go as planned then it happens because Allah willed for it to happen and vice versa. After that whether things go as planned or not we should say Alhamdulillah, because Allah decrees for things to happen as they do.
When saying inshAllah we’re stating that nothing happens without the will of Allah and we may plan for the future but the future is only in Allah’s hands. Saying it is also a form of remembrance of Allah.
A Student of the Quran
For the longest time, I have said Inshallah and also fought with people who have argued with me and said: “Inshallah – is understood and we don’t have to say it each time.” I have come across this hukum before in the English translation of Surah Kahf and felt very proud to be following it alhumdulillah.
Born and brought up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I have heard Inshallah Mashallah from all the Saudis around. So somehow we always made fun of the fact that people say it ever so often but then they don’t actually do it. I realize the use of it is very privileged and that when we say it we should also mean it and understand it.
The only thing has been that with everyday speech we become duniya oriented and forget that our speech is also to be according to what Allah says. We sometimes go on and on with our conversations forgetting to say inshallah. But if in His book Allah says we should say it, we should we SHOULD say inshallah whenever we make plans. Now alhumdulillah, I have developed the habit of writing Assalam-u-alikum and Inshallah even in emails and sms because that is also speech.
Another such often used phrase in our speech is and should be Bismillahhirrehmannirahim. My daughter sometimes asks me that why do we have to say it in almost all things. And I explain to her that saying the name of Allah in anything we do puts barakah in it and makes it special. So similarly saying Inshallah is putting our trust in Allah and letting him handle our life. Why are we so bent on trying to make plans for ourselves when we are not even sure of what the next moment in time in life will bring us. Saying Inshallah gives immediate satisfaction, a sense of deep determination and strength that we have just passed the decision of our life in the hands of Allah. So when it happens – bi iznillah. And if it doesn’t happen bi iznillah. How much more simple can life be.