A Lesson in Planning

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sana Ahmad

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-Qu’ran- Surah Luqman: 34]

When I make a plan for my day and it goes very differently than my plan, what should I remember and realize?

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) reminds us at several places in the Qur’an that He is the best of Planners – not only in terms of His knowledge of what actions will cause what consequences, but also in His being All-Able to bring the plan to fruition.

We plan our lives according to our desires, imagining how the major events in our lives will take place. On a smaller level, we also plan out each and every day – what we hope to achieve as well as the tasks we intend to complete. Many a time, the day does not go according our plan, and we end up disappointed and frustrated.

We should remember in such situations that all decisions return to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى), and everything that happens, happens with His idhn (permission). Being displeased with the way things work out is a minor form of kufr, as this shows ingratitude:

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ

“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.”
[Al-Qur’an: Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow): 152]

Our knowledge is so limited that we often fail to see the potential good in a difficult situation. Sometimes a calamity brings people together, and it can even strengthen relations. Sometimes, losing out on an opportunity opens up the door to a greater one.

Each time we make a plan, we should remember that it is our plan, so things may not necessarily turn out as we imagine or hope them to. Instead, we should remember that whatever happens, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) will bring out good from it Insha’Allah (if Allah wills). 

Every night, when we make our schedule for the next day, we should remember, Allah will make a better one for us. If we remember this, we will be grateful for this as well.

About the Author
Sana Ahmed
I am the youngest of four sibling. I joined the Tafheem-e-Deen course at Al Huda after completing my A levels. I enjoy painting, writing, reading and occassionally cooking, if I am in the mood!
I have found that on the journey of understanding the Qur’an, I have understood a lot about myself. It is a beautiful journey that each individual should undertake. I can be contacted at: sanahmad90@gmail.com.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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2 Responses to A Lesson in Planning

  1. Yousuf Rafi says:

    subhanAllah Sana very well written… all the concepts are very well explained in holy Quran but the sad part is we all are so busy in our worldly pleasures that we don’t take out few minutes to read how to live our lives… planning is very important part of Life… what gets written, gets done… when we plan and work, this makes Life more simple… jazaakAllah so much Sana such a wonderful post… May Allah Subhan o Tala give us hidaya Ameen Sume Ameen

  2. Sana says:

    Jkk! It is such a human quality to plan and try to make sure that everything goes according to our plan. there is too much planning and not enough ‘tawakkul’ or trust, whereas true imaan is a combination of both .Allah SWT says:
    “So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely” Surah al Shura:36
    May Allah give us all the patience to accept his decree insha’Allah.

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