The phrase 'Insyaallah'or 'If Allah will' or 'God willing' is a phraseology most often used in the Arab world .Too much use that it become abused ."can I see you at 2 in your office ?"..."Insyaallah!" in Saudi Arabia can mean you will be waiting to see the official at 2 pm everyday for the next week or so !Of course in Malaysia this can get worse ." Will you come to my kenduri on Sunday?"..."Insyaallah"...means usually "No, most probably not ".This is not what Allah meant it to be .
""By the morning hours,And the night when it is stillest,Thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor did He hates thee,And verily the latter portion will be better for thee than the former,""
This Surah was revealed in the early formative period of Islam in Mekkah.Before this Surah the Prophet suddenly found revelations stopped for a long period of time.The unbelievers and detractors of Mekkah started to taunt him that indeed Allah had abandoned him.One line of story had it that the Prophet made a confident promise to a group of people about doing something in the future forgetting that important phrase "if Allah will'.Following that the long period of 'dryness' in the chain of revelations was a great object lesson for even the Prophet.
We should all try to make an effort to inculcate this important 'if Allah will' mentality in our daily life.We are so confident that the sun will rise from the east and set in the west tomorrow , that we will have dinner tonight,that we will reach home to see our children by 7,that we will move to that dream bungalow by the year's end etc etc when we cannot even guarantee that we would be still alive by the next breath ! That in essence is the meaning of 'insyaallah '.
'Insyaallah','subhanallah'and 'alhamdullillah': three very powerful concepts which we should readily internalise in our daily lives .Try this for a week I suggest. It is definitely very 'liberating',I must warn you ! Allahualam.
Dr Nik Howk