“Inchaallah” (= if God wants it to happen, God willing, if it is God’s will) is maybe one of the most used words among Muslims and if you come to Morocco you might hear it a hundred times a day…
Some people might be annoyed by hearing it or taking it as a sign of unreliability or lack of seriousness. But let me try to explain its use: we use it because we know that everything lies in Allah’s hands. Because we know that Allah is the best of all planners: Because we know so little and because Allah simply knows all.
We say “inchaallah” in nearly every sentence, we use it in nearly every communication, at least when it comes to say “good-bye until next time” – because who knows if we will meet again in this life? Who knows what might happen next? Who knows if all my perfectly made plans will succeed? Who knows if the weather will still be nice the next day? Who knows if we will be still in good health? Who knows if the bus will come at time? Who knows if I will be able to realize all the things I intended to? Who knows what will be the next day, the next hour, the next minute? – Only God knows – Allah, the Almighty.
That’s why we use the word “inchaallah” so often, showing our submission to Him, asking for His permission to make things happen – and every time we say it, we mean it from the bottom of our hearts, because we completely know that we depend on Him alone, because we know that He already made the best of all plans, because we know that not the slightest of things will happen without His will.
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(Sura Al Khaf 18:23,24)
I wish you a blissful new year 2011, full of joy, peace and health!
Until next time, inchaallah.