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don't forget in sha'Allah by Nayzak don't forget in sha'Allah by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you]

some of you, non-muslims, might have noticed that when I talk about doing something in the future, I always add "in sha'Allah", so today I'd like to talk a little about it.

When a person wishes to plan for the future, when he promises, when he makes resolutions, and when he makes a pledge, he makes them with permission and the will of Allah[God]. For this reason, a Muslim uses the Qur'anic instructions by saying "In Sha'Allah." The meaning of this statement is: "If Allah wills." Muslims are to strive hard and to put their trusts with Allah. They do their best and leave the results in the hands of Allah.

In fact, There are very few Muslims who actually say they intend to do something without adding "In sha'Allah" before or after their statement. However, one must wonder in such materialistic and secular societies, how many professing Christians actually follow the commandments of the Bible? How many actually say "if the Lord wills" when they proclaim their intentions. The little book of James* is the testimony to such a God-conscious trait of true believers. Saying "if God wills" is not only the whispering of the lips, but it is a statement that also speaks volumes of the purity of heart and the ever-remembrance of the Almighty Creator, Lord of the Worlds.

* The Epistle of James, usually referred to simply as James, is a book in the New Testament.

-13- Go to now, ye that say, today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: -14- Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. -15- For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. -16- But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. -17- Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:13-17

And do not say of anything: ‘Surely I will do it tomorrow’, Except [when adding], 'If Allah wills' - And remember your Lord when you forget [to say it] and say, 'Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to Right Conduct'
The holy Qur'an - translation of [18:23-24]

from with a little change...

as you can see, we're not very different. if we look at what's common between us, we'll find that we are very close.

so dear believers in God, remember God when you plan to do something, and God will help you achieve it, if it's beneficial for you and others of course. ^_^

peace be to you
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