Luck in Islam: What do we know about the myth and reality?
There is no such word “luck and chance” in Islam. Muslims only have faith in Allah; therefore, they rely on Allah our creator.
Indeed, we have created all things with qadar (divine preordainment). (Quran 54:49)
For a new Muslim, the concept of Divine law and qadar can be confusing; the same was for me when I accepted Islam. Having faith in qadar is a pillar of Islam. Qadar or destiny basically means that everything that happens to us either good or bad happens by the will of Allah the Almighty.
Every event has been fixed by Allah and it will happen. Our honest supplications can make the outcome good for us.
Luck in Islam depends on freewill and Qadar
Are we supposed to do nothing and just wait for something good or bad thing happen to us?
Obviously not! Allah has given every human being the independence of will. Allah has given every human being the ability to choose right from wrong and take decisions. We will be answerable to Allah on the Day of Judgment on the account of our choices. Indeed, Allah Almighty knows about our past, present, and future. In fact, Allah knows our exact decisions that we will take in different aspects of our lives.
Luck in Islam and our perception
According to the Islamic faith, there is no good or bad luck. If something good happens to us, it means that we are blessed by Allah or if something bad happens there is a secret behind it. Everything happens for a reason either good or bad. Yet Allah knows everything. Keep in mind that human being was created to worship Allah the Almighty. Most people win millions of dollars in the lottery and we think they are lucky. However, we have also seen that the winner is experiencing familial problems and high debts. So their lottery win was of no use. Allah says in Quran:
“But you cannot will unless Allah wills; Allah is all-knowing, All-wise. (76:30)”
And everything else that happens is a test that who is the strongest in his faith. So our perception of luck in Islam is often wrong.
We need to have a belief in Qadar
A firm belief in qadar removes all our stress and we stop worrying about the future knowing that Allah the Almighty knows best. Remember that everything that happens is for our own good and Allah knows better what is good for us. Quran says:
“Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (Lord, Helper, and Protector).”And let the believers put their trust in Allah. (9:51)
Allah Almighty has given us the ability to understand the creation of Allah and the universe. And we have been given the intelligence to make the right decisions. And also, Allah has given us a perfect book Quran that guides us to the right path. Therefore, we should not attribute everything happening to us as the result of luck in Islam.
We will be rewarded for our good deeds and will be punished for our bad deeds. As we sow so shall we reap. Muslims can benefit from putting their trust in Allah and strive for good deeds as much as they can within the span of lifetime.
(Written by freelancer Sadaf Riaz)