Storytime With Unaisah Episode 40

‎السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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Basirah the Basketballer says InshaAllah

by Hafsah Dabiri

Illustrated by Alina Shabelnyk.

Hafsah is a student, researcher and presenter. She studied politics and international relations in London, England, she creates content and speaks on issues including race, gender and personal development.

The Etiquette of Saying Insha’allah

In verses 23 and 24 of surah 18, Allah then states:

And never say about anything: ‘I shall certainly do this tomorrow’ unless Allah should will it. And should you forget (and make such a statement), remember your Lord and say: ‘I expect my Lord to guide me to what is nearer to rectitude than this.’

So Allah says here, do not say something will happen without saying insha’Allah, we never speak about something we want to do in the future except that we say insha’Allah. For example, we say ‘insha’Allah, I will go for Hajj next year’ or ‘insha’Allah, I will begin a degree next year’. Whether next year or next month, or tomorrow, we must add on insha’Allah. This is proper etiquette with Allah.

We only add insha’Allah with regards to an act we are going to do in the future with certainty. If it is something we are not certain about, then there is no need to add insha’Allah. For example, if we say, ‘I don’t know if I am going to do it or not’, then there is no need to say insha’Allah. There is a difference between narrating the current circumstance and stating something you will do in the future with certainty.

On the authority of Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) – the servant of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said :

“None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”

Related by Bukhari & Muslim

This hadith is strongly correlated with the Golden Rule which is “do as to others what you want to yourself” and that is to love for your brother what you love for yourself.

In the translation, it says “true belief” because we shouldn’t say that someone that does not attain this station is no longer a believer. They are a believer; they just haven’t reached that high level of faith. Another part of the hadith says “his brother” but some commentators say it’s not just “his brother”, it’s very general. This means it’s not just to Muslims, but all of humanity. Therefore for the person to receive true faith they have to love their brother in humanity, Muslim or non-Muslim, what they love for themselves. This is a very high level of spirituality and selflessness the true believer should seek.

Holding yourself accountable is also an essential characteristic. You hold yourself accountable and question yourself about your feelings towards your brother, sister, or humanity and why you feel that way. We should seek to attain this level, to have this love towards a cause. This cause is a principle that we love and we know that Allah can give and He is bountiful, and not by anything else. For example, Imam Shafi’i said that he would love for people to learn this knowledge and that none of it would be attributed to him; which shows how beautiful his character was.

Again we learn in this story that sometimes things don’t turn out how we want and that may not always be a bad thing. Basirah realised that the most deserving player isn’t the one who can score the most but rather it is the one who can help the team support each other and work together. She could have not changed her outlook on the situation but she focused on how to improve herself rather than focusing on how Kafayat was more deserving than her.

When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. We all have heard of the phrase the grass is greener on the other side but really the grass is greener where it is watered. So instead of focusing on others’ grass, we should focus on watering our own. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, we should focus on what we do have.

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