Rick Ross’ Fascinated: So Why do the Muslims Say Insh’Allah?

In his newly released track ‘Fascinated’, Rick Ross pays homage to friends who have been incarcerated or faced death while engaging in activities that “fascinate” many young Black men in oppressive ghettoes. Rick Ross, also speaks about a friend who converted to Islam while in jail. The lyrics of the song “gave a nigga thirty, he converted Muslim” reflects his indignation at the cruelties of the criminal justice system. He then goes on to discuss several of his other incarcerated friends serving lengthy jail terms. Thus, the word ‘Insha’Allah’ at the end of the bar is to honor his friend who converted to Islam in jail.

This brings us to the focus of our discussion,  Why do Muslims say Insh’Allah

Professor Shareef Muhammad, the Director of Black Dawah Network’s Theology Department, sheds light on the meaning and concept of Insh’Allah. It means “If God wills,” and is part of the God-consciousness of every Muslim. A Muslim is the one who remembers his/her creator in everything, and the language of the Muslim echoes this God-Consciousness.

In the Holy Qu’ran Allah (SWT) commands the believers in Surah Al Khaf ayahs 23-24:

“Never say of anything, Indeed, I will do that tomorrow except when adding, ‘If Allah wills.’ Thus, the Quranic message always says ‘Insh’Allah’ or ‘If God Wills’ when speaking of making a future action was revealed.”

So by invoking Insh’Allah, the Muslim is engaging the future which they can not see with prayer and planning. Our approach is to pray like everything depends on the Creator and then work as everything depends on you. For the Muslim, there is no separation between prayer and preparation. Worship and work.

Brother Hakeem Muhammad President of the Black Dawah Network shares his wisdom on the matter by dispelling the common misconception in the conscious of the Black community that Islam is an Arab concoction to subjugate Black people. As a matter of fact and reality, many early Arabs were vehemently opposed to Islam. The message of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) gave a ray of hope to enslaved Black people from Bilal Ibn Rabah (RA) to Sumayyah Sumayya bint Habbat (RA) to combat their oppressors. The pagan Arabs, in reaction to this, devised numerous plans to inhibit the spread of Islam. They attempted to persecute his followers and assassinate him

The pagan Arabs in their efforts to discredit the Holy Prophet (SAW) as a bonafide Prophet of God(Allah). The Pagan Arabs sent a delegation to Yathrib to consult a Jewish tribe about the authenticity of the Qu’ranic revelations.  The local rabbi told the Pagan Arabs to question the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on three questions to determine whether or not he was a genuine Prophet. The first question was a story about young men facing exile, the second dealt with a traveler who reached the confines of the universe, and the third and last question involved the nature of the soul.

With hopes of success in their sinister efforts, the Pagan Arabs asked Muhammad (PBUH) these questions and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) responded that he would answer their questions tomorrow. However, the next day the Angel Gabriel did not appear to provide him with a revelation from ALLAH (SWT) with the answers to the questions from the rabbi.

Fourteen days had past and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) still received no revelation. The Pagan Arabs were convinced that his inability to answer the questions by the Rabbis proved he was not a bonafide prophet and began to gloat.  After two more weeks, the Holy Prophet Muhammad  (SAW) finally received a revelation,

“Never say of anything, Indeed, I will do that tomorrow except when adding, ‘If Allah wills.’ Thus, the Quranic message always says ‘Insh’Allah’ or ‘If God Wills’ when speaking of making a future action was revealed.” 

When ALLAH (SWT) revealed the answers to the Rabbis in the Holy Qu’ran; the initial inability of  Muhammad (saw) to answer the question, and the simmering details by which the questions were eventually answered was a rock-solid testament that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was not the author of the Holy Qu’ran and that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) depended upon ALLAH (SWT) for the Revelations, he received.

Saying Insh’Allah is a profound exhibition of humility. It indicates that human beings are mortal and limited, having no real knowledge about the future. It is only Allah who possesses such knowledge. Though planning for the future is indeed necessary but we should be conscious of our limitations and Allah’s transcendence. And our eternal dependence on the creator.

It is for these very reasons we should always say Insh’Allah when speaking of future event and actions that we may take.

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