بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.