Just Leave It To Him
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Volume 1, Issue 1
And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead." [Allah] said, "Have you not believed?" He said, "Yes, but [I ask] only that my heart may be satisfied." [Allah] said, "Take four birds and commit them to yourself. Then [after slaughtering them] put on each hill a portion of them; then call them - they will come [flying] to you in haste. And know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise." [Al Baqarah, 2:260]
Ibrahim AS was not short on faith. He was one of the most incredible prophets – “Khalil ul Alla” – and yet he asked for proof. Allah SWT is so Merciful in that He knows we know things – that we should trust only Him, turn to no one but Him, not worry about the means – but He also knows that we need practical events to help strengthen that faith. Having knowledge is satisfactory, but as the saying goes: Seeing is believing.
I am not someone who necessarily plans for years down the line – life is too uncertain to set such things in stone – but I do need some order to my days. I’ll take the short-term goals over the ten-year plans. We found out last March that there was a business event in France in September, and since my husband has family living in Switzerland and Austria, we thought we’d make a trip out of it. It seemed like there was plenty of time to figure it out, save and make it work.
It turned out that the event was in June, right after Eid ul Fitr, so there was no way we could attend that. We did, however, decide to continue on with our plans, except now it was to only be a holiday. Since we had no time constraints, we decided to move our trip to October to better prepare for it. Just after we had made these decisions in March, we found out that two family friends’ of mine were getting married in Australia in December. We are extremely close to both the bride’s and groom’s families having all grown up together, and it felt like the perfect chance to visit Australia, but unfortunately, we could only manage one trip in the year and they were both too close together.
The visa process for Switzerland seemed extremely daunting when trying to do it on our own. We were always left wondering, “Is this enough?” They only want to know that you will return, you see, but visa officers come off as being rather temperamental. We were assaulted with memories of horror stories of people having their visa rejected for no reason at all. The call that our passports were back at VFS came three days after we had submitted our application. That was quick, I thought. Does that mean it’s a good sign or a bad one? The only way to find out was to go and pick it up and see for ourselves.
Have you ever had something go along so smoothly that it could only be Allah’s planning?
SubhanAllah, when things are meant to happen, everything appears so easy and you realise how little is actually in your control; for things could have gone a completely different way and you would have had no say in it. We got our visa in three days, Alhamdulillah. Once we had it there in our passports, it didn’t seem like a difficult process at all! We also managed to get off-season tickets for a deal, with a monthly payment system, and all the arrangements were made quickly and easily.
I’m going to take a moment here to say that going to Switzerland has been a dream of mine since I was a child. This is not me being cliché, it is what it actually is. In fact, it wasn’t just my dream, but my husband’s as well. We had both thought about this individually for years before we had even met. What can I say, Switzerland’s beauty was legendary, and the fact that this dream was genuinely coming true was very surreal. Throughout the whole process, I couldn’t actually believe it was happening.
When we were there, we had the most perfect holiday. (My memory might be glossing over things but to be honest, it really was amazing.) Our friends living in England managed to join us for half our trip, which was a miracle in itself! We had tour guides in the form of family, the weather was perfect – not too cold, which is what we had been afraid of, and not hot at all which is just how we like it. We experienced the colours of autumn which were simply magnificent, we didn’t have to worry about eating halal food when we were out because we were with people who knew their stuff, and since we had accommodation, food and transport covered, we even had leftover money by the end of it.
It was mind-blowing for me to realise that. A trip that I thought would leave us broke and in debt for months didn’t make an impact at all. Help came from places we didn’t even think of. This is what it means to trust Allah, to open your heart to the idea that the means mean nothing to Him. We spend so much time focusing on the “how?” that we lose sight of what is important: The Source.
There were so many little ways in and around our trip that continuously left me astounded, that I could barely comprehend that this was my life. There is a hadith stating that Allah SWT said: “I have prepared for My pious servants which no eye has ever seen, and no ear has ever heard, and no human heart has ever perceived…” [Sahih Muslim] in which He SWT is talking about Jannah. I could not even wrap my head around the way He SWT made things work in this world. How then can we even begin to imagine what Jannah might be like?
When we got back from our holiday at the end of October, I was on a high for weeks. Holiday mode stretched on and it took me a while to get back into routine. I thought I had time to really get back into working and throw myself into my daily life. My vacation for the year was done and I was home.
Imagine my surprise then when the idea of going to Australia for our friends’ wedding came up. Never in a million years did I think that would happen, especially since we had only just taken an international trip. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners. [Al Anfal, 8:30]
I couldn’t even tell you how it worked out, except that Allah SWT took care of it – My Rabb, my Nurturer, The Planner of my Affairs, The Most Beloved, The Most Merciful. When I look back at the year that passed, I have trouble sometimes believing that it happened to me. I feel most incredibly fortunate and grateful for everything that I didn’t even know I needed.
Mostly what it taught me is this: Anything is possible. It is not up to you or me to make things happen. We do what we can, but ultimately, it is Allah’s Plan. We feel triumphant if things work out the way we want, but the reality is that our ideas were just in line with His. So when life isn’t going as you want it to, remember that He always has a better plan for you; that only He can take care of you in ways that no one else can. Remember to always go to the Source, and forget about the means for they will be there one day and be gone the next. Opportunities arise from where you don’t even imagine if you only trust Him.