Wake up and say Alhamdulillah, Allah is in charge of my affairs. We all have projects we’re working on, goals we’re working towards, ideas we have floating in our minds, but remember one thing always: You control nothing – and that’s a blessing!
You are only in charge of your sincerity and effort. And whatever comes out of that is Allah’s best plan for you. You don’t have to rely on your efforts alone, but do not abandon your best effort either. It is the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW to exert his best effort and then rely on Allah’s will for it to carry through. The Prophet SAW would plan every step and implement it through the struggle all the while knowing it is only Allah who grants success.
When hurdles come our way, Allah could be reminding us to readjust our attitude and acknowledge that we rely on Allah and not on our effort. Secondly, we must genuinely believe that He’s saving us from something in the future that could be worse.
He’s the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, the All-Wise, who better to direct our lives than Him? If we adopt this attitude then every perceived failure is a success. Our ultimate goal is only to be close to Allah, and if we are given hurdles to achieve that, then Alhamdulillah.
Keep in mind that a success that didn’t acknowledge that Allah is in control of all things is probably not a success. Don’t restrict your definition of success as meeting your goal or achieving a worldly thing. Success is recognising your reliance on Allah and being grateful for every moment he has honoured you with, regardless of good or bad. Our success is in our response.
May Allah make us people who are truly successful in this life and the next. May He only guide us to good and make us amongst those who are grateful to Him. Ameen.