Who Is the Decider?
George Bush (Jr.), former president of the United States, once said he was the decider. Well, I have news for him.
In the real world, the world in which all decisions are made and count, the only decider is Allah – God Almighty.
It is God who makes and moves every single particle in this world, individually as well as in any combination thereof.
So, ALL decisions are Allah’s decisions.
And they are all good decisions. Because they are all his decisions.
Human beings are God’s slaves. This is the fundamental premise of our life on earth.
And, like dutiful slaves, they must gladly and cheerfully accept the decisions of their master – God Almighty – all decisions.
And frankly they have no choice but to.
But at the same time, it is also their right – and their job if they choose to make it – to fight each one of them, if they want to.
And if they need and choose to.
And as Allah gives us “Taufeeq” – puts it in our heart and nudges us in a certain direction.
To question them; to argue about them; and to reason through them.
And then, “finally” as they say, to submit to them.
That is what gives us our special status as human beings.
Who do you think said this about human beings: Wa kaanal insaanu akthara shai-in jadalaa?
Paraphrase: What a quarrelsome, argumentative, disputatious, petulant, peevish creature this is!
Who do you think said it?
God, of course.
In his own book, the Qur’an.
And who do you think it was said about?
About us, human beings – God’s very, very special creation on earth.
A most venerated Rasul of Allah, Alaihis Salam, once put himself in the position of being asked: “What, don’t you believe?”
Qur’an: A-wa lam tu’min?
To which he replied: “Of course, I believe. But I just want to be sure.”
Qur’an: B-laa, wa laakin li-yat-ma-inna qalbi!
At the same time, don’t forget that acceptance of Allah’s decisions should be at all stages: at the beginning; in the middle; and at the end.
And so should the fight be, if you want to make it a fight.
And in many ways, acceptance is fighting.
And fighting is not giving up when things don’t seem to be going right.
Who will we fight with if not Allah?
And for a believer who else is worth fighting with?
Some people say: man proposes and God disposes.
I laugh at this. And I say: O, really?
What many people don’t know – and don’t understand – is that, not just the disposing, but even the proposing itself is done by God.
For a believer, who else can?
Who else has the cipher to your internal circuitry?
Who else do you think can successfully hack your brain?
© 2011 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at] AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.