Equations of Idealism

I haven’t written in a while. Not that I didn’t want to, or even that I didn’t have anything to write about, because if anything, I could never have enough topics to go on and on about. I guess it was because I felt awkward wondering if I should write in my actual journal or not—considering that I now have this blog as an outlet to express myself. And since not many people actually read my posts to begin with, I didn’t think it would be too much of a problem if I just wrote whatever the heck was on my mind. Regardless, I couldn’t bring myself to choose this cold and strange medium over my warm and familiar journal. I guess some things never change.

Today I wanted to write a little bit about idealism.

Sometimes I think I get caught up in the idea that my life is supposed to go a certain way. That A plus B plus C subtracted by D divided by E has to equal X. And if it doesn’t, the equation doesn’t balance. And God forbid the equation doesn’t balance, haha.

But what I’ve learnt is that no matter how I get there, Allah already has the answer for X. And InshaAllah, A, B, C, D and E will also eventually find their carefully constructed places amongst the equation. Some subtracted, some divided, some added and some multiplied—I just don’t know right now. In any case, developing strong mathematical skills (imaan) is the only way to build confidence in order to understand that the equation will balance and equal the amount it was destined for.

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5 thoughts on “Equations of Idealism

  1. T says:

    It’s true. People spend their life thinking and worrying about possible ways in which they can construct ‘their’ equation to life – constantly trying to put together a puzzle not meant for them.

    They think that they need more than the basic necessities to satisfy themselves and the people around them. They get cought up in the fast-paced life of this world forgetting what their true purpose in life is. Only towards the end do they realise life’s true importance and sadly, by then, its too late.

    I think that people need to take life as it comes. Obviously planning’s important. You wouldn’t know where you’re going if you didn’t have a plan. But trying to sort out every single minute detail of the plan isn’t important. As long as you have your duas, your faith and trust in Allah SWT, and the knowledge that no matter what happens, its for the best, you’ll surely be able to enjoy life. You’ll begin to realise that life will always have its ups and downs. Why call it ‘life’ if they didn’t exist? How would it be any different to, say, ‘death’?

    You just have to learn to love whatever life throws at you because at the end of the day, when you’re eyes are about to close and you drift of into your ‘temporary death’, if deep down in your heart you know that Allah SWT is watching out for you and will always be there for you no matter what, NOTHING in this would should get you down.

  2. Beautiful way of looking at it! You’re right. Having absolute faith can sometimes be a challenge since we always want to construct everything and change it ourselves. I think being a Muslim requires letting go of our need to micromanage and just understand that Allah just knows what is in store for us.

  3. Samiha says:

    Amazing 🙂 The way you worded it was amazing. It is so true too lol. I always get frustrated when things do not add up rather then just allowing it to add up by itself in it’s own way

    • And subhanAllah, it’s not just that Allah knows what is best for us in terms of who we are NOW—but He knows exactly what is best for us in terms of what we will be or what we will be doing years and years down the road, or even what the generations that come from us will be doing. It’s an intricate plan, our life. Allah knows best.

  4. Marwa says:

    I love it! Thank you for posting this. It’s very true, and even when the equation gets very very very complicated, we tend to think that the answer is going to be wrong, when really, it’s the best and sometimes the only way to get there.
    SubhanAllah, life will take you on paths one will never expect, but sometimes it will be the most beautiful path of all. Alhamdulilah ❤ Thanks for sharing!

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