Had I gone with the flow, I would have drowned.

Had I gone with the flow, I would have drowned. *innocent face* I’ve learned this lesson time and time again. I used to be one of those who had absolute confidence in the (Qadr) Decree of Allah, and don’t get me wrong, I still do. In fact my confidence has only grown in the mercy and the benevolence in Allah through the mistakes that I’ve made. But I’ve learned that the Qadr is a beautiful thing. It seems absolute, but it is in fact more flexible than we think. *adjusts nerdy glasses*

When you go with the flow, with blind trust in Allah… You forget that the Source of all Authorities has given you certain authorities of your own. While you trust Allah, you forget that He trusted you…  and in your failure to do what was expected of you, you compromised that trust. For example, if you’re literally swimming in a river, and you decide to go with the flow… inevitably you will suffer, for the river will lead to the edge of a waterfall which will require you to make an effort of your own beyond the trust in Allah. Allah has given you the arms and legs to swim, and your survival is conditional upon swimming and going against the flow, for the flow will only lead you to drown. *wiggles arms* Do you get it? If it is decreed to you, to survive the current… it is conditional upon you having to swim, as opposed to going with the flow. That is an important lesson.

They say, if it is written for you, never in a million will it belong to anyone else. I’ve also heard that if it is yours, it’ll find its way to you. Indeed it will, but many provisions that are decreed to you, are dependent on certain conditions that must be met. For example, if a man dies without a child. Would it be reasonable to say that no child was decreed to him, for if it were decreed, he wouldn’t have died childless? That would be foolish. Perhaps he was destined 10 children, but it was conditional upon getting married and engaging in the act of sexual intercourse. How else would he have had the children? *scratches head in confusion*

If you starve to death, would it be reasonable to say that no rizq was decreed to you, otherwise you wouldn’t have died out of hunger? Indeed that would be foolish, wouldn’t it? Perhaps you were destined lavish meals in 5 star hotels for the rest of your life, with the ability to not only feed yourself, but many others as well… but it was all conditional upon you making the effort of finding a job, and through that job immense sustenance was written for you. Instead you did nothing, but went with the flow. Clearly the flow did not work in your favor, for it required of you to utilize and take advantage of the means that Allah had written for you. *wiggles arms again*

They say Du’a is the weapon of the believer. However, I would like to assert that it is not only a weapon, but it is a super power. You are so much more powerful than you give yourself credit for. Allah has given you the gift of Du’a. They say Du’a changes Qadr, but what that essentially means is that Du’a has the power to unlock the “otherwise withheld provisions” written to you in your Qadr. Allah has written many things to you, and for many of them Du’a is the absolute condition.

In Surah Ghafir, Allah says:
“Call upon me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell. [40:60]

This is essentially Allah telling you, that “Whatever it is that you need, know that I am its Ultimate Source, and call upon me, I will respond to you.” This is Allah enforcing your super powers within the Holy Quran itself. What more of a reminder do you need? *shifty eyes*

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty. It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah). [40 Hadith Qudsi, Hadith 15]

Allah is the Source of all Forgiveness and Mercy, and his forgiveness is conditional upon sincere repentance. If you ask, and if you ask with sincerity, Allah has promised that his mercy exceeds his wrath. [40 Hadith Qudsi, Hadith 1] Thus when you make Du’a and ask for forgiveness, have so much Yaqeen (faith) in his acceptance, that nothing could convince you otherwise.

Just like forgiveness, there are provisions such as love, marriage, peace of mind, happiness, etc. which could also be decreed to you upon condition of Du’a. Therefore, all you need to do is ask and it is yours. Make Du’a for it, perhaps what you desire is a few more sujood away, perhaps it is a few tears away, perhaps it is dependent on being prayed for at a certain time of day, perhaps you must envoke Allah by a specific name, perhaps there is a course of action you have yet to take to avert a calamity or to avoid something that is not in your favor … Never fail to take advantage of your super power. If you chose to go with the flow, know that it is beyond foolish of you to say, “Insha’Allah Khair” – and then inevitably drown. Do what Allah has given you the power to do, and remember that only dead fish go with the flow. Use your dua, to create a new flow, and just keep swimming. *continues to wiggle arms*

As much as we are all dependent on the will of Allah, He has asked you to always remember that He is there to respond when you call upon Him. *makes intense eye contact* Don’t give up on what your heart desires, invoke Allah through Du’a and have absolute faith in its fulfillment.

It might take a while, but it is important to be as absolute in faith as you were the first time you asked for it. Sheikh Uthmayeen may Allah have mercy upon him said:

“People must not give into pessimism because it will make their lives miserable. Rather, it is obligatory to follow the example of the Prophet (SAW) and he loved optimism. Therefore it is a must to be optimistic about good and avoid being pessimistic. Some people, when they attempt something time and time again they become pessimistic, believing they will never succeed in that matter, so they abandon it. This is a mistake. If you find something that is beneficial for you; don’t lose interest in it after the first attempt; rather keep trying until Allah opens up a way for you.”
– A Collection of Islamic Rulings by Sheikh Uthaymeen
(Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee)

And Allah knows best. *adjusts nerdy glasses*

36 thoughts on “Had I gone with the flow, I would have drowned.”

    1. Alhamduillah I’m happy you got a chance to read this first thing in the morning, I hope you started a new day with a new outlook on taking full advantage of the abilities that Allah has given you. Thank you for your feedback 🙂

  1. I absolutely loved reading this.So beautifully brought together.Thank you for helping me find out my super power 😀 Jazakallah khayr so so much for this💜 *adjusts nerdy glasses* thing made me laugh😄

    1. Hey, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this. We all have our super powers which we often neglect and eventually forget about… besides the power of dua, we also have the exercise of free will that, and May Allah always give us the opportunity for us to use the means that He has given us in our favor.

  2. I am in absolute love with this piece of work. These words. Motivation was needed by my soul. A huge wake up call. JazakAllah khair. You dont know what these beautiful advices and words do to me. They help me. They heal me. Inspire me. Make my tawakkul strong. You are a gem. May Allah SWT always bless you. A lot of salam to ammi. Say she a woman of high status in my eyes to have such an awesome son. Ma shaa Allah.

    1. Jazak’Allah Khair Zainab for always leaving such kind feedback, and making my day with the kindest of words. May Allah bless you immensely for such beautiful thoughts. I’m glad you were inspired and have taken the meaning behind this post to your full advantage. Walaikum Assalam from Ammi 😀

  3. Arslan Bhaiii!! much much needed reminder! written so beautifully! May Allah reward you with the acceptance of all your duas and grant you the ajr for guiding us all towards restoring such beautiful faith in Allah. ❤️❤️

    1. Madia!! Jazak’Allah Khair for your Du’a, Ameen… May Allah accept all your prayers and bless you immensely. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post!

      1. Aap ne apne in lafzon se pehle hi jadu kiya tha hum per lekin, bhai! apki yeh post baar baar parh ke meri apni duaon per yaqeen barh raha hai. Aisa lag raha hai ke sahi tareeqe se dua mangna hi aaj aya hai mujhe. Dua karna aik ibadat hai, Allah apko hamari ki hui duaon ka sawab de.

  4. What an amazing piece of work! Just loved it… Masha Allah😍👌 you have explained the meaning and power of Du’a in the most simple and beautiful way.
    And my favorite line- ‘Had I gone with the flow, I would have drowned’. 👌👌
    Jazak Allah Khair 😁

    1. Jazak’Allah Khair Abida, thank you so much for your feedback. I’m glad you loved it. We often forget that going with the flow is actually giving up, and Allah has made us superior beings “Ashraful Makhlooqat” not so we can go with the flow, but use our abilities to create new flows and have Tawaqqul that Allah will give us Barakah in our own efforts. May you always have the opportunity to create new flows, and may Allah always accept your Du’a! Thank you for reading 🙂

    1. Ameen!! I pray the same… it is so important to know, because in our inability understand this concept… we deprive ourselves of so many provisions that Allah has already written to us, but with conditions. Ameen Ameen!

  5. “It might take a while, but it is important to be as absolute in faith as you were the first time you asked for it. ” This got me, Lol those examples explained it too effectively , it was so much needed, Alhamdulillah. And this is the bestest blog MashAllah and Allahumma barik lahum .

    1. It was all so good MashAllah but mention of Allah’s word(verses of Qur’an) made it absolutely magical MashAllah and Allahumma barik lahum for it !

      1. Jazak’Allah Khair… I’m glad I was able to help you at your time of need. I think it is definitely important to strengthen such things with the word of Allah from the Quran. I’m very happy to hear that you found it magical, may all your Dua’s be fulfilled magically. Thank you for leaving your feedback.

  6. And the moment when everything seems so dark, such words just come up and simply help in healing a broken heart. It’s as if these words are source of light from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ❤ Jazak Allahu khairan for motivating us with these lovely words. Really an important message was very well-conveyed through this blog. I especially loved the Quranic and Hadith references that you made 💕 May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala bless you with lots of blessings, barakat, love, care, happiness and inner peace. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala accept all of your du’as (both spoken and unspoken) for Helping so many out there with your beautiful words 💕 Aameen Summa Aameen 💕

    1. AssalamuAlaikum Dil Dil! I’m so glad you got a chance to visit and read this blog post, I was really looking forward to your feedback. I got it just in time 😀 May Allah heal all our broken hearts asap, and may our hearts be as whole as we once knew our hearts to be. Ameen, and ameen to your beautiful Dua’s as well… May Allah fulfill all of them.

  7. Mashallah.. That’s an amazing post.. I have to make sure i dont go with the flow from now on.. Because i usually do that.. i just leave everything on the wills of my dear one’s and never ever try to use my super power to change qadr… Jazakallahu khair janaab. This post struck all my cords at the right time. Thank you.

    1. Alhamdulillah… I’m glad I can make that difference in your life… Many of our destined provisions are dependent on us working for them in one way or another… either through Du’a or action. Use your super powers! 😀 May you always be successful.

  8. My God :’)
    You Play with words that just played with my mind 👼
    Well written Sir
    And yes. Khuda is the only hope we have :’)
    Thank you for reminding us all 🙂

    1. Hey! Thank you so much for dropping by and reading 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the reminder, and may it bring many beautiful changes in your life. Ameen.

  9. We should not go with the flow as we r not dead yet….really awesome words n awesome advice stay blessed….(GOLDEN WORDS)by arslan

  10. What an inspirational post. Recently came across your blog and I’m loving the vibe, so positive and thought provoking mashaa Allah. Indeed as some one wise once said
    “Khuda ne aj tak us qoum ki halat nahi badli
    na ho jis ko khayal ap apni halat badalney ka”

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m glad you’re loving the vibe… Hopefully I’ll be able to blog as often as I’d like to. Visit often, please!

  11. Assalamalaikum!

    Just chanced upon this. It’s like my heart got a cleansing and I shed a tear or two and made a couple of heartfelt duas. May all your duas be answered and may you always be a source of good for people and may Allah be pleased with you. Aameen

    Thank you!

  12. These words r just MASHAALLAH
    i find that Dua is a Superpower so beautiful
    Indeed Only dead fish go !!this is just 100% true
    And that part in which if you fail don’t giveup just try onemore time it is really motivating.. we should definitely do what we are capable of doing !!perhaps if we fail just try one more time!!! Your words r really really amazing!!

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