Originally Posted by Karina Rahman
Well to this i noticed something in the Qur'an.
"And similarly, We caused them to be found
that they [who found them] would know that the promise of Allah is truth and that of the Hour there is no doubt. [That was] when they disputed among themselves about their affair and [then] said, "Construct over them a structure. Their Lord is most knowing about them." Said those who prevailed in the matter, "We will surely take [for ourselves] over them a masjid." Qur'an 18:21
Allah tells about the story of the young men in the cave. They tried to stay hidden in the sense of nobody noticing them, however Allah says "We caused them to be found". In other words, what is in your ability to prevent OR to make something happen and it did not happen as how you wanted it, that is fate. While things that you do have control over doing so and change the order of things, that is your free will. With this for example if Allah puts a beautiful woman on my path do i engage in talk or not? Or do i look away and follow my own path? Allah is clear in this
"And do not approach
unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way." Qur'an 17:32
Allah says do not approach, so in other words the right path is clear from the wrong path, me engaging in a talk even a small talk..is approaching it. Rather look away and head your own path. There is however sometimes a very deep philosophical level one can go as sometimes we do not do something and we blame ourselves for not doing it. Maybe because lack of motivation or laziness, however because of not having done that, certain clear path emerges that indeed it was good not doing it. So if this is fate or not fate..i sometimes almost argue this might even be fate.
How? I know about a event when Rasullah(saws) was not a Rasul yet, he wanted to go to a place of gathering where people were listening to music etc out of curiosity. But before he could enter Allah made him tired and let him fall in sleep at the place of his standing. One might think..well this is because of being tired in the first place, however we know that was not the case. So the argument is what is laziness and what is fate? The "small" things are off course laziness..praying on time and such. However MAYBE the larger things that can change the direction of your life can be fate.
To make it more clear instead of being abstract. In the past i wanted to immigrate back to where i came from as i wanted to go to a place where i could practice my deen the best. I was 100% sure of my decision and was very motivated to do so. However because of my laziness in school i couldn't do so yet. What happened later on is when i went on vacation to there i noticed small things to even the bigger things. I noticed that that place was the LAST place i should be as it would be even WORSE to practice my deen accordingly. If i wasn't lazy at school, i might already have immigrated, however because of laziness i "took" the time and realized that it was bad. I also realized other things as well. So was this "laziness"in school my laziness? That i do not know..and i say "Allah knows best", however because how things have went..i say ALHAMDULILLAH this prevented me from making the BIGGEST mistake of my life. As i know who i am i am afraid i would have become one of the people on Day of Judgement that would have bitten on his hands in regret because i deviated from the path of what Rasullah(saws) said is the right path (Qur'an and his Sunnah). As by majority the people there the last thing on their mind is what Allah might think of this or that. Alhamdulillah Allah has made their life circle around Islam (praying, Khutbah, ramadan etc.), however they themselves choose intentionally to not go to khutbah..sleep mostly during the day when it is ramadan, praying at home while a mosque is almost at the corner of every street. When you object to this as you want to indeed follow the path of Islam, they look at you as a burden..in other words a lot of fights. They rather are afraid of the opinion of their neighbors instead of what Allah thinks of them.
So again ALHAMDULILLAH..ALHAMDULILLAH..ALHAMDULILLAH!!!