From “Whether” to “How”
“A major turning point in your thinking comes when you change your language from ‘whether’ to ‘how.’ When you start about how you are going to accomplish something you want, and you simultaneously refuse to consider whether or not it is possible or not, your entire mentality begins to change. You do get what you think about most of the time, and if you continually think in terms of how you can achieve it, and the specific actions you can take to move toward it, you are much more likely to be successful in the end.”
[Commentary: Of course Allah is the ONLY Creator. If something is not meant for you, you will never get it. Nonetheless, we are rewarded for our (good) intentions and for asking Allah for good things. Allah, subhaanahu wa-ta`aalaa, is Al-Kareem, and Allah is not stingy. The most common du`aa’ of the Prophet was the asking of Allah for the best of this world and the Hereafter and the protection from Hell.
Although our thoughts don’t “create” anything (our thoughts are themselves creations), experience often shows that negative people tend to have a lot of negative things come their way. We all know of people who when they enter a session, it feels like a dark shadow is cast upon the room. And on the other hand, we all know of energetic positive people that we enjoy being around and inspire us to better versions of ourselves. Seek the incredible bounties of Allah, use them in obedience to Allah, and share them near and far. God-willing, with the proper belief and proper intention, you will see the benefit in this life, in your grave, and on the Day of Rising.
May Allah guide us and protect and grant us the best of this life and the Hereafter and protect us from the Fire.