It was yesterday night that one of my Facebook friends, a good Muslimah, posted a status “do you believe in destiny?”.
I found that the first reply is, as usual, a strict, un-strategy awswer “NO, I do not”. Some others answered “yes” and “I don’t know”.
These made me doubt if they really know what destiny is?
I don’t think so.
I replied that status that,
Destiny, luck, miracle, or whatsoever, these words are all the words describe human’s feeling toward to the impossible, unexpected situations. The true believers know very well that everything is written by the Creator. Then destiny is nothing but something written by the Creator as well. So, believing in destiny is the same as believing in Tak-dir of Allah (sw), isn’t it? Is not like if we believe in destiny then we keep the charm: we pray, pray that the future is going to be just like we want.
The status owner agreed with my opinion, she said if destiny is the takdir of Allah then I do believe in them as well.
Then it is almost a noon time, I googled for how Muslims think about fate. I found a good post in islamiclearningmaterials.com talked about fate and destiny in Islam, let me quote some part for you.
What is Fate and What is Destiny in Islam
Let me ask you a question.
When you woke up this morning, did you know you would be reading this article?
Most likely you did not. Most likely you made a random set of choices that led you to this page. In a small sense, those choices you made, brought forth your destiny which was reading this page.
However, it is your freewill to continue reading. You have the choice to stop reading now and do something else. Whatever you decide to do, will effect your destiny.
Many people, Muslims included, are confused about fate and destiny. They are not sure how much freewill they really have. They are not certain if they have the freedom to make their own choices, or if Allah has forced them upon a certain path.
I always believe the best way to tackle any problem is to start with the basics. So first, let’s lay some groundwork.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
- Allah is the creator of all things, including our actions.
- Belief in Allah’s power, knowledge and control of all things is one of the six articles of faith in Islam. This is called Qadar, loosely translated as Divine Destiny.
- A person has the freedom, the choice, to do as he/she wants.
- We have no control over the outcome of those choices.
- The outcome of these choices is our destiny. Only Allah knows what this destiny is.
By reading this article until this very point, my idea is clear as crystal whether destiny is, or do we wrong to believe in destiny.
It is tricky for me at first when I was learning about Qadar (about 3 years ago). We have freedom to make a choice, to take control of ourselves. But it’s all under Allah sw’s designation, or tak-dir, as well as the outcomes for those choices we’ve made.
We couldn’t know what the outcome will be. We can just made a choice and waiting for the outcome. Yes, on the way of waiting: we can hope, we can pray, we can do an expectation about the result we’d like it to be. This, the time of hoping for an expected outcome, is the meaning of our life, is what makes our life valuable, it makes our life worth living for.
And those very outcomes are destiny.
Doesn’t matter what outcome is, as we expected or not, we thank the Almighty for it. The Almighty will sure give us the best outcome because he knows it best whether you deserve the reward or the test.
I, myself, do believe in destiny, and I will always do.