“That’s not going to work!”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
You know, I really, really hate that statement.
[That’s probably why I never ask most people what they think of my ideas – because I know that they’ll say “That’s not going to work!”
What I do instead is mention the idea as though it were the most awesome idea in the world so they have no choice but to nod their heads.]
Many times, whenever I tell people that they CAN do something (that is encouraged in the Shariah), their reply is usually “It won’t work” or something equivalent to that. They don’t even give themselves two minutes to think over it.
This awful statement basically causes us to drown in our own negativity.
It also goes against one of the basics of tawheed (worshipping Allah alone): having good thoughts about Allah.
I mean, why exactly won’t it work?
Who is the One who has power over all things?
Who is the One who created the heavens and the earth?
Who is the One that made the fire cool for Ibrahim (alaihissalam)?
Who is the One that split the sea for Musa (alaihissalam)?
Who is the One that caused Isa (alaihissalam) to be born without a father?
Who is the One that sent the angels to help our Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and his companions (radiallahu anhum) defeat their enemies, despite being outnumbered, in the Battle of Badr?
So, the One who did all this, isn’t He also able to aid us in our cause? Why is that we don’t ask Him?
Rather than going on about how one cannot do something, one should do the following instead:
1) Make sure that the action is halal (lawful)
One can also to Salatul Istikhara (the prayer for guidance)
2) Dua (supplication) – Loads of it
One should ask with certainty and with humility.
3) Write down a list of possible steps to take
These are the means that one can and should take in order to achieve the required goal.
Also, one should try to take from the Sunnah as much as possible. For example, if one is trying to figure how to control one’s troublesome teenager, one should first refer to Islamic books to see if there is any Prophetic guidance in this regard. After this, one may refer to other books.
4) Put one’s trust in Allah alone
We are not allowed to put our trust in the means.
5) Have good thoughts about Allah at all times
Yes, all the time.
And no, these steps are not complicated, because contrary to many people’s perceptions, life itself is not that complicated. For some strange reason, we just don’t want to believe that!
So, I’d advise all the naysayers to try to be more positive and take things step by step.
Follow all the above steps and insha-Allah, if it’s good for you, it will work.