Lecturer: Prof Abdulrahman Oloyede
Topic: Re–orderers and hindrances of destiny
Venue: University of Ibadan Central Mosque
Date: Friday, Rajab 3, 1438.
Certainly, to Allaah belongs perfection. To him belongs guidance. To Him belongs the knowledge of the unknown. May His fortifications and gratifications be embellished upon the soul of the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, his progenies, his companions and those upon whose path they lived, are living and will live their lives.
Destiny is a preordained Divine chronological events in the life of every being. Our existence in life is not for nothing. Allaah has created us for a purpose, and this purpose is to worship Him and Him alone. It is in this acts of worship that, as Muslims, we must show belief in destiny. However, even though everything has been predestined, without striving, the fulfilment of such preordainment will not materialize. So, based on this, destiny can either be reordered or hindered by some traits found in us as Muslim.
First, because the knowledge of the make-up of one’s destiny is vague to one, one must strive, else one will never achieve anything in life. By prayer, diligence and righteous deeds, Allaah has promised us a simple, successful and safe life. So, in reordering one’s destiny, Allaah’s injunctions must be upheld. Conversely, destiny can be hindered by indolence and lack of piety. So, whoever lacks the aforementioned, Allaah has promised such person a difficult living.
Also, sincere acts of worship are what Muslims are enjoined to uphold in the bid to live a worthy life. Ensuring this is ensuring one’s prosperity. This prosperity, therefore, encompasses worldly and heavenly prosperity. Allaah commands us in Suratul-Hajj, Verse 77:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ارْكَعُوا وَاسْجُدُوا وَاعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمْ وَافْعَلُوا الْخَيْرَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“O you who believe! Bow down and prostrate yourselves and serve your Lord, and do good that you may succeed.”
The above verse is a direct commandment from our Creator. It shows that no one can succeed without the fulfilment of the obligation of worship and the safeguard of Allaah’s injunctions. And as Muslims, such commandments are upon where our success herein and hereafter is etched.
Allaah tells us in Surah An-Nahl, Verse 97:
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
“Whoever does good whether male or female and he is a believer, We will most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give them their reward for the best of what they did. whoever does righteousness make or female, he will surely live a good life.”
In all, good and righteous deeds are the fuels needed to keep the engine of a worthy life running. A not-too-favourable predestination can be changed through submission to the will of Allaah, prayer, piety and diligence.
Conversely, and worthy of note too, disobedience to Allaah is tantamount to hindering one from living a life of worth. For every person who sticks with sinful acts, to them is a sad end, and they will be among the losers. May Allaah be our stronghold to withstand the temptations of sins. May He make us believers, who for His sake are ever conscious of His injunctions.
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