Destiny vs effort
An NED graduate and trainer today asked on Facebook:
“What we talk in trainings is: Human beings are great in themselves, they are limitless, every dream can be a reality, what your mind can conceive you can achieve. All that is required is a firm belief, faith, confidence, persistence, determination, efforts, smart working, etc etc. Then how would you define destiny? And where would this saying by Hazrat Ali go?: Mainay apnay iraaado ke toot janay se apnay rab ko pehchana. Your responses will be highly appreciated.”
Thank you for the question.
This is typical in Western (read: secular) success literature.
What Islam says is this:
1) Rizq & success are pre-destined (on the 120th day we are in our mothers’ wombs).
2) We are not told about this in advance so we need to discover with each passing day.
3) Human beings are only responsible for making the effort, although the reward we may get may not be correlated with the effort.
4) Destiny will take you where you belong any way.
5) Our job is to keep working on our readiness so we are ready when the opportunity comes (see Wali’s Will-Skill Readiness Matrix).
What is your take on this? Write in comments, below.
Wallahu Alamu Bissawab