بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,” Except [when adding], “If Allah wills.” And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.” [18:23-24]
The Prophet (pbuh) was asked something by a non-Muslim, and he told him that he would respond tomorrow, thinking he would receive revelation. The revelation did not come. Then after a while these verses were revealed. Allah was teaching the Prophet (pbuh), and teaching us. Don’t be so confident, even if you have everything prepared. It can only happen if Allah wills. Moreover, the phrase “inshAllah” is not something we simply say, but something we believe in. Things can only happen by Allah’s will.
Something I reflected on is the first verse ‘And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,”‘. It made me think of procrastination. Don’t say “Oh I’m gonna do it tomorrow” if you can do it today. You have no idea what will happen tomorrow. If Allah gave you the ability to do it today, then do it. Whenever I say I will do something tomorrow for no reason except laziness, chances are I won’t do them. I’ve actually been procrastinating about something for the past two weeks. It’s 4am right now, so I have to say that i will do it tomorrow 🙂 if Allah wills! But I will do it inshAllah.
Final point- “God willing” or “inshAllah” is not a cop-out statement or an excuse not to do something. SubhanAllah, saying ‘if God wills’ is supposed to prevent procrastination and increase consciousness of God, but we use it for the opposite purpose! We procrastinate and find it a softer way of say “i probably won’t do it”.
Do what you have to do, know that everything is in the Hands of God, and you will be living this verse inshAllah 🙂