Thursday, May 19, 2011

Allah's Power, Allah's Will

Majal hai kuch bhi kar sakun mein jo Tu na tawfeeq eh Khuda de
Teri mashiy’at hai sab peh ghaalib ke heech hain sab mere iraadai

What possibility is there for me to do anything if You do not give me the ability, Oh Lord?
Your will overpowers everything; all the plans I make are insignificant.

The above is from one of the poetry of Khwaja Majzoob Rahmatullahi ‘Alayhi. The translation is not doing justice to the first two verses at all, but such is how translating is; you can never truly bring the feelings and emotions along with simply translating. The position, the rhyming, the choice of words used, they all add something precious for both the poet and the reader.

Anyways, I really love the whole poem; however these two lines were continuously in my head, every time I was waking up during the night, and even when I woke up in the morning. Now I am not saying I’m extremely pious that I constantly hear beautiful poetry in my mind etc… probably I just repeat certain things to myself all the time and that’s why they pop in my head all the time. But I did decide while making coffee in the morning to think over it a little bit.

The first verse is basically mentioning that it is impossible that I (ie anyone) can do anything unless given that power by Allah Ta’aala. I contemplated over that while opening the fridge and taking out milk, and it came to me that if Allah did not give my hands the power, then I would not even be able to open the fridge, leave alone make a simple cup of coffee.

Then came the second verse, which completed the couplet. The gist of it is that no matter what plans a person may make, they are insignificant, unless Allah Ta’aala wills for it to happen. If I plant a seed, then I should not expect it to germinate and burst through the soil with a green leaf just because I am taking such good care of it. I should have this constant thought in my mind that in the same way I am being given power to do all I am through Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala, the same way, if Allah wills, this seed will germinate. However if Allah does not will, then it will stay dead.

Well, there is so much more that can be said on this subject, but the fact is I am not getting the words, except these few thoughts. I don’t like to force myself to write, so I shall conclude this entry here. If once again such thoughts visit, once again my fingers shall type, Insha Allah.

May Allah Ta’aala allow us to realize His great mercy upon us, Ameen.

Har dam karoon mein ai Mere Baari
Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah

Jab Saans loon mein ho jaye jaari
Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah

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