What happens when we make decisions, conclusions, and create scenarios that are void of focusing on the pleasure of Allah and our place in the Akhirah?
The results is that we focus on fears, endless “what if ” scenarios, and the opinions of others. We also will create an environment where we are looking for %100 perfection based on the OUR ideas, OUR planning, OUR actions. Even worse, we place conditions on our lives and others that create oppression, hurt, and are even haram.
What happened to the Islamic focus?
What I love about being a Muslim is that we have are supposed to live by the element of tawakkul. For any goal or vision you have, an essential ingredient is to have ultimate tawakkul on Allah. As soon as the heart focusing away from this element, the heart falls into stress, anxiety, despair, worry,, and frustration.
We are promised that in this life we will be tested by Allah in so many various ways. No matter how perfect you plan your life, there WILL be a test. The hardest realization, though, is when you have taken your affairs into your own hands, and tried to control the outcome, and in the end, you were left to your own means by Allah, and as a result, the outcome was misery.
If you have a goal and a vision, and so long as it is not outside of the Islamic framework, then the only One to determine if it is not good is Allah, ‘azwjel. We do not know what is best for ourselves and for our Akhirah, and more than that, we do not know what is best for others. We stand alone on the Day of Judgment.
If you want to start a business, of course you want it to be successful. You should do your homework, collect all the necessary information, and then begin. But absolutely you MUST remind yourself that the success or “failure” of this business is NOT in your hands. It is in the hands of Allah. You are to do everything you can to make it successful, but also realize that Allah knows best.
We project our fears onto everything we do. Someone might say, “don’t start a business, because I have a friend who did the same thing, and it failed.” And I might as well never drive a car, because every 8 seconds someone is killed by a drunk driver. And that person, driving the car, also, thought they would be “different.”
This is the wrong focus. It is not the Islamic focus.
People may come and tell you your vision is wrong. Your idea isn’t good. It will fail. Others, even when they mean well, always think they know you better. Accept their concerns, and turn back to Allah. Turn back to Allah. Turn back to Allah.
So much of our anxiety and worry in our lives is due to us trying to control the outcomes of the world around us. As we say in America, “Let go, and let God.” Relax. Allah will not leave you to yourselves if you ask Him.
What defines achieving a goal successfully? That is also a perception, because we do not know if the khair in something is the “success” of something or the “failure,” or something. What we do know is the follow hadith:
The Prophet said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it”(Muslim).
Allah (swt) also says:
“…Then when thou hast taken a decision put they trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)” [EMQ 3:159]
So whatever you are seeking after, know that the final outcome is not as important as the PROCESS by which you got the outcome you were seeking. You are asked about your actions: not the outcome.
Do not lose the Islamic focus, however, at any moment.
As a Muslim, strive for Ihsan, and bring close to you that which helps you in your eeman, and move away from you that which harms it. Have a goal, use sound judgment, consult others, and then make a decision. After this have tawakkul. Have tawakkul. Have tawakkul.