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my plans and Allah’s plans

This is a guest post by Taher Suratwala.

Yield Sign, Arabic

On my commute home this week, I passed a warning sign that read “503 traffic deaths this year”. That is just for the short stretch of road on my daily trip. I had a traffic accident since last Ramadan myself. Fortunately, it turned out to be very minor. It has had me thinking about this Ramadan differently this year than I ever have before.

In years past, Ramadan for me has been about things I’ve thought to be in my control. I have the illusion that with some discipline I can plan so many things. In Ramadan, I plan to (temporarily) quit drinking coffee, I plan to wake up for suhoor every day, and I plan to do more ibadaat than last Ramadan. My whole life I’ve made plans and things have pretty much always gone according to plan.

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My accident made two things clear to me, life is fragile and plans change. In a flash, all my plans almost changed in ways I can’t stop thinking about. This year plans changed for those 503 people and all the people connected to them. I can make all the plans my heart desires, but this Ramadan I’m going focus on His plan for me. This Ramadan I will try to appreciate that I can never understand His plan for me and resolve not to make plans to do things next Ramadan that I can do now.

Taher Suratwala is a husband to his beautiful wife, a father to his two wonderful children, and a son to his wise parents. During the day, he makes use of his math, statistics and economic background as an actuary and occasionally writes on his blog, B Like Water.

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