WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE, HOWEVER ONE NEEDS AN EFFORT By Ma’rufah O. Olaitan
WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE, HOWEVER ONE NEEDS AN EFFORT!
Yes, this life we are, is not the bound of our making or thinking. The Architect stays above the Seven Heavens and watches over everything. Whatever that have been predestined upon every mankind will surely come to pass. This does not mean one should sleep all day and expect miracles to happen. Of course miracles do happen, but will definitely seize to happen many times as our effort in life counts a lot as well:
“…And Verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir; “Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya’qub (Jacob) (inheritance of the religious knowledge and Prophethood, not the wealth, etc.). And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased!”; (Allah said) “O Zakariya (Zachariah)! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son, His name will be Yahya (John). We have given that name to none before (him).” [Surah Maryam, 19:5-7]
In this prayer of Prophet Zakariya (PBUH), we see that Prophet Zakariyya (PBUH) didn’t just wait and expect anything to happen; no, but he made an effort; by asking from the All-Provider, Allah.
Allah (SWT) says in the Glorious Qur’ān:
ﻣَﺎ ﺃَﺻَﺎﺏَ ﻣِﻦْ ﻣُﺼِﻴﺒَﺔٍ ﻓِﻲ اﻷَْﺭْﺽِ ﻭَﻻَ ﻓِﻲ ﺃَﻧْﻔُﺴِﻜُﻢْ ﺇِﻻَّ ﻓِﻲ ﻛِﺘَﺎﺏٍ ﻣِﻦْ ﻗَﺒْﻞِ ﺃَﻥْ ﻧَﺒْﺮَﺃَﻫَﺎ ۚ ﺇِﻥَّ ﺫَٰﻟِﻚَ ﻋَﻠَﻰ اﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻳَﺴِﻴﺮ
“No calamity befalls on the the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah” [Surah Al-Hadid, 57:21]
Whatever will be, will be, as the saying goes; is liken to the verse, that nothing happens outside Allah’s box. Because Allah has given us the ability and capacity to do some things, one should strive (prayer and work inclusive) to get things done too; and that which later come to reality after every effort, is as a result of the divine decree and predestination of Allah.
The verse continue:
ﻟِﻜَﻴْﻼَ ﺗَﺄْﺳَﻮْا ﻋَﻠَﻰٰ ﻣَﺎ ﻓَﺎﺗَﻜُﻢْ ﻭَﻻَ ﺗَﻔْﺮَﺣُﻮا ﺑِﻤَﺎ ﺁﺗَﺎﻛُﻢْ ۗ ﻭَاﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﻻَ ﻳُﺤِﺐُّ ﻛُﻞَّ ﻣُﺨْﺘَﺎﻝٍ ﻓَﺨُﻮﺭ
“In order that you may not grieve at the things that you fail to get, nor rejoice over that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not every prideful boaster” [Surah Al-Hadid, 57:22]
So we see, though our effort count, nevertheless it is not really the effort we put in that yield the result but whatever Allah predestined and wills to happen will occur (success or calamity). It is so demeaning that many of us attribute every good things that we get in relation to our effort alone. We do attribute some achievements to our power and might, however, what of others that we input our effort and still fail to get positive result?
If truly every effort is directly related to success, then every jackometer (avid book reader) should come out with first class; every workaholic and hardworker should be the most successful; and every big thinker should grow bigger. However the case is not always like that, because ‘Effort’ (as a name) is not a guarantor to success.
Effort is only needed to satisfy our mind and to put our mind at peace and ease, to be in a secure mode that; ‘if Allah wills, things will happen to our expectations. This we should believe, that Allah may have mercy on us, that we try our ability and capability, in order not to be in the state of someone expecting a miracle in the matter that such person is physically fit to undertake. We try our best, and then put our trust in Allah to crown our effort. This we can relate to an Hadith reported by Anas Ibn Malik (RA): A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517]. The prophet (ﷺ) corrected this man’s notion, not just leave what one is capable of doing undone and that one shouldn’t just expect miracle to happen out of no where. This means we should do our best and believe that; whatever happens is, as the Creator of the heavens and the earth (Allah) decree it to happen.
Remember Allah says in His Glorious Book:
“… and that it may be that you dislike a thing and it is good for you and perhaps you like a thing and it is bad for you. Allah knows but you know not.” [Surah Al-Imrân, 2:216]
Here again He said:
ﻭَﻣَﻜَﺮُﻭا ﻭَﻣَﻜَﺮَ اﻟﻠَّﻪُ ۖ ﻭَاﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﺧَﻴْﺮُ اﻟْﻤَﺎﻛِﺮِﻳﻦ
“They planned and We (Allah) planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” V3:54
So when we know this, why grief, despair or depress over that which eluded us or has no power over? And why exult (in pride) over what He has given us?
Therefore we shouldn’t be hopeless, sad in mind (that might even linger to another thing like depression, high blood pressure among others), let’s leave every course of ours for Allah to handle it for us. After we must have tried our best, put in our effort, then anything that comes thereafter, we should be willing to accept it wholeheartedly. Having done our part, there is no cause to be worried; as whatever happens is that of Allah, which is above our power.
As a conclusion, let hold on to this narration from Ibn ‘Abbas (RA).
He said “Once I was behind the Prophet (SAW) and he said : “O boy, I will teach you a few words:
- Be loyal and obedient to Allah [worship Him (Alone)], remember Him always, obey His Orders. He will save you from every evil and will take care of you in all spheres.
- Be loyal and obedient to Allah, you will find Him near (in front of you) i. ę He will respond to your requests.
- If you ask, ask Allah.
- If you seek help, seek help from Allah.
- Know that if all the people get together in order to benefit you with something, they will not be able to benefit you anything except what Allah has decreed for you. And if they all get together in order to harm you with something, they will not be able to harm you in anything except what Allah has decreed for you.
The pens have stopped writing [Divine (Allah’s) Pre-ordainments]. And (the ink over) the papers (Book of Decrees) have dried” [Jamiat Tirmidhi (Chapters on the description of the Day of Judgement, Ar-Riqaq, and Al-Wara’ – 108)]
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