We begin our conversations, emails and sms with the common phrase, “What is the plan?” We begin thinking we are the executor of this plan and it is bound to happen.
We so easily forget that:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْأَرْحَامِ وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَّاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
“Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
[Al-Quran- Surah Luqman: 34]
The next day came a test for me. When it came time for lunch, I could just smell the delicious chicken pasta even before I had seen it. I opened the refrigerator to find the box gone!
I found out that my mother had had it. So alhumdulillah, that “plan” was successful. But, she had given away the rest of the food to the maids. I was so upset!
Then I suddenly thought of the part of the ayah of the Qur’an where Allah says:
نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُهُمْ وَإِيَّاكُم
We provide for them and for you
I am not the one planning everything including my rizq. Allah is the one who plans this. So I should remember that Allah’s plan is executed above all our plans. With this attitude, those of us who feel angry, rejected and disappointed upon our plan not going our way are at peace that the final decision comes from Allah in all matters. He is Mudabbirul amr. (Controller of all affairs.)