Why should you try if everything is destined?

Why should you try if everything is destined? In Islam, we believe that everything is in Allah’s plan, like a special story written just for you. Trying is like playing your part in the story. Allah loves when you do your best and make good choices.

Even though things are planned, Allah also wants you to make efforts, learn, and be a good person. So, try your best, and remember, Allah knows what’s best for you in the end!

The Quranic perspective on everything is destined

“With Him are the keys of the invisible. None but He knows them. And He knows what is in the land and the sea. Not a leaf falls, but he knows it, not a grain amid the darkness of the earth, nor anything green or withered but is recorded in a clear Book”.

(Surah al-An’am, 6:59)

Contemplating destiny and free will

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I am not going to study for this exam because Allah (SWT) has already decided what I will receive?” However, you still went ahead and studied because you also felt guilty knowing that He gave you the free will to do so.

Confusion surrounding destiny and free will

I was always confused about the concepts of destiny and free will, and I never really understood how both could exist simultaneously. I used to question this idea when things didn’t go my way. Every time it happened, my mom would say “naseebet naboot,” which is Farsi for “it was not your fate.”

She would explain that if I did get what I wished for, it might have caused more harm than good. My mom would tell me that Allah (SWT) knows the unseen. This made me question why we continue trying in life when we know that our lives are already planned out.

A unique perspective on predestination

What really helped me wrap my head around this concept was a Youtube Video by Yusha Evans. Yusha said to think of predestination like this: The Creator knows all that happened in the past.

He knows all that is happening now and will happen in the future. He (SWT) also knows what will not happen, and the consequences that would follow if said event did happen. (Really think about this concept;

I watched the video multiple times in order to understand it.) Allah (SWT) has the ultimate knowledge. He already has written in his book, for example, whether I am going to heaven or hell. However, we must understand that Allah (SWT) did not make that choice for me.

But, He knows the decisions I will make (this is where free-will comes into play) that will lead me to that fate. In other words, He knows the choices that I will make before I make them, but this does not take away from my free will. 

Balancing destiny and free will

Subhan Allah. I love this explanation because it helps me understand why we need to try hard and put effort into reaching our goals. This is just one way to view destiny and free will. There are many ways to see these concepts. I often find myself contemplating them. May Allah (SWT) help us all continue to learn more about the dean in the best way. Ameen.

The essence of free will: Choices and consequences

The beauty of free will lies in the ability to make choices that shape our individual paths. Allah (SWT) can foresee these choices. But, the individual holds the reins. Every decision becomes a brushstroke on destiny’s canvas. It leads toward the preordained end. Embracing free will doesn’t lessen effort’s significance. It raises the duty of choosing.

Subhan Allah: Embracing the conceptual harmony

“Subhan Allah” means “Glory be to Allah.” It expresses awe and reverence for the deep harmony of destiny and free will. We understand that our efforts matter. Striving towards goals is a key part of the divine plan. It gives purpose and meaning to every endeavor. The delicate dance between destiny and free will becomes a testament to the infinite wisdom of the Creator.

Diverse perspectives on destiny and free will

It shows that there are many ways to interpret the relationship between destiny and free will. It also shows that there are many ways to perceive it. This invites a deeper exploration. Each perspective offers a unique lens through which these concepts can be understood. Considering these views becomes a journey. It helps you connect more with the divine. It also helps you understand life’s purpose better.

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  • Michelle Schafieh

    My name is Michelle Schafieh and like many of you, I’m constantly on the go. If I was not busy studying for school, I was volunteering formy local community. What always kept me motivated to strive for success was: Islam. I grew up in West Hollywood, and although I love my city, I never had strong Muslim community. Most of my knowledge came from my parents and online. What constantly kept me motivated were personal articles that I would come across describing Islam and the impact it had on people’s lives. Specifically, I once read an article about how smiling was a form of zakat and even though the act is small, it really does go a long way. I wanted to create content where even the busiest of people would still be able to take a quick break to be reminded of the beauty of Islam and how it truly is a way of life. By sharing my stories and how Islam has affected my life, I hope to motivate my brothers and sisters the same way I stay motivated.

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