“Allah tumharey naseeb achey karey”


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“Allah tumharey naseeb achey karey!” (May Allah make good your destiny)

Being desi we often receive loving du’aas like these from beloved elderly relatives or friends. Recently when a dear one said these words to me, I couldn’t help but wonder over the actual meaning of the words. I feel we have restricted the meaning of *achey naseeb* (good destiny) to receiving all that a person would desire of worldly bounties – a good life with a good education, a great job, an amazing spouse, cute babies, a luxurious lifestyle, etc. So usually that is precisely what we mean, when we use these words while making du’aa for ourselves or others.

Seldom do we think of associating *achey naseeb* with a life spent in humble obedience to Allah and the strength and will to strive in deeds that would lead to a good life in the Hereafter – An eternal life of peace and delight in eternal Gardens of bliss far from the torturous burning heat of the Hellfire, knowing that our Creator is pleased with us.

Our apathy to look at the bigger picture of wellness in the Hereafter and working for it is quite upsetting. When we don’t possess the finer things in life, we begin to think that we lack the means to be happy – People with a failed marriage, or who have been single, widowed, divorced, remained childless or unable to find their dream job etc. are labeled as *bud-naseeb* (unfortunate). People in our society question them, taunt them and force them to think likewise.

But know, know without a doubt that there is absolutely no way to think that possessing these blessings is what makes one a possessor of *achey naseeb*. Rather, it is the choice of our actions which lead to a good or bad destiny and Allah clearly states this in Surah Al Isra:
“And [for] every person We have imposed his fate [destiny] upon his neck, and We will produce for him on the Day of Resurrection a record which he will encounter spread open.” (17:13)

The blessed ones on that Day, who attain true success and happiness according to Allah, are the ones who get to enter Jannah as a consequence of their righteous actions and who are saved from the torment of Hellfire. Those are the truly fortunate ones – the ones with *bohat achey Naseeb* !! :)

وَأَمَّا ٱلَّذِينَ سُعِدُوا۟ فَفِى ٱلْجَنَّةِ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا مَا دَامَتِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتُ وَٱلْأَرْضُ إِلَّا مَا شَآءَ رَبُّكَ ۖعَطَآءً غَيْرَ مَجْذُوذٍ

“And as for those who were [destined to be] prosperous, they will be in Paradise, abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure, except what your Lord should will – a bestowal uninterrupted.” (Surah Hud 11:108)

-Mariam Anwer
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Designed for a Specific Reason


The fire didn’t burn Ibraheem, the knife didn’t slaughter Isma’eel, the sea didn’t drown Moosa, the whale didn’t eat Yunus and Zakariyya didn’t die childless (Peace be upon them all).
BELIEVE when your Lord says in the Qur’an:

Tawbah 51

“Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us. He is our Maulâ (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allâh let the believers put their trust.” [At Tawbah 9:51]

Just as Allah has meticulously designed everything in the universe at a perfect standard whether it is as big as a galaxy or as tiny as a quark or a string in an atom, He has also designed everything that happens in your life for a specific reason. It is a perfect universe; nothing takes place randomly! Trust in Allah! (Quote by Moutasem Al Hameedy)

May Allah make us pleased with His Decree and guide our hearts to eeman, tawakkal, sabr and shukr. Aameen.

Good Things, In Time


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This morning, between coffee sips and news conversation, my father imparted a beautiful wisdom [in Palestinian dialect]:      كل شئ في وقته بيجيب خير

“All things occurring in their appointed time bring only good.”

One sentence, breathing an unshakable conviction in Qadar. And I scrambled to find a pen and paper to scribble it down. I carry it like any one of you would carry a precious gem or a fine gold watch. The lessons therein are innumerate.
The sentence also inspired a revisit to my Judeo-Christian scripture notes, specifically, a quote attributed to Prophet ʿĪsa [عليه السلام]: “Father, if you are willing, let this cup [of suffering] pass from me; however, not my will, but Yours be done.” [Book of Luke 22:42]
This passage, though unconfirmed in its authenticity, hews perfectly to the underlying themes of sūrat at-Talāq, and they are tawakkul, reliance in Allah, and firm belief in Qadar, His decree. “…whoever relies upon Allāh, then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allāh will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything an appointed time.”
ومن يتوكل على الله فهو حسبه • إن الله بالغ أمره • قد جعل الله لكل شئ قدرا

Allāh’s decree [قدر ] enters our path uninvited. It struts its stuff in many moods and guises-—the good, the bad and the ugly-—but only the trusters in Allāh will embrace it. They will not hasten the decree of Allāh, nor will His decree bewilder them. All things are appointed for their due time.
فلا يستعجل المتوكل الإجابة، فالله بالغ أمره في وقته الذي قدر
What does “embracing [قدر] Allāh’s decree” look like? Take a cue from our Prophet’s companion, ʿUrwa ibn az-Zubair [رضى الله عنه]. He was a man who greeted calamities with smiles. While he was having his leg amputated, ʿUrwa received news that his son died in a serious accident. In the face of two losses-—a limb and a loved one-—our ṣaḥābi resisted tears, resisted grief, resisted all frustration with Allāh’s decree. Instead: “Oh Allah,” he said, “if You took, then you also gave. And if You inflicted with hardship, then You have pardoned [sins] also.”

يا رب فلإن كنت أخذت فقد أعطيت ولئن كنت قد ابتليت فقد عافيت

May all goodness unfold before you. And I am certain it will, when the time is right. So alḥamdulillāh in all circumstances

-Rania Abuisnaineh