One of my biggest life lessons was learning the concept of tawfeeq.
Ibn al-Qayyim is my kindred spirit, fo real. Just thinking about his books make my thoughts pause. He’s been one of my biggest influences on my writing, and it goes back to his book al-Fawaaid. Before I learnt Arabic, I had read translated excerpts here and there but it wasn’t until much later that I realized how much of the beauty was stripped in translation.
His book al-Fawaaid is like his Twitter page if he were alive today; bite-sized thoughts of reflection and wondrous observations. In it, he’s written quite a lot about tawfeeq, which essentially entails Allaah facilitating or paving the way for one, to success or attainment of goals.
He explains that unless Allaah wills for something to happen, it just won’t happen, regardless of how much effort one puts into doing something. And just like there are levels to effort, there are levels to tawfeeq. And fundamentally, the two are interconnected. He cites the closing ayah of surah al-Ankabuut as a backdrop for this principle ;
“As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths. And verily, Allaah is with the Muhsinon (good doers).”