The other day I ran into a friend and asked him: ”Where are you going?” He said:” I’m going to Taksim. “ I thought for a minute and said: “Actually you’re not going to Taksim, you’re on your way to go to Taksim.”

He looked at me as  if he had not understood, with  bewildered and meaningless eyes.


We all make this mistake in our daily lives. We all say “I’m going here or there or that we are going to do such and such a thing. . . Actually what we say only points out to what we want to do. Because what we say is only our projected plans and aspirations.


When we think of what we’re going to do tomorrow, where we will go on the weekend  or what summer resort we will go to during our, vacation we are only planning.


Sometimes what we plan is barred. For instance when we say we’re going to Taksim, it’s quite possible that we might have an accident. But we disregard this.


All of us in our daily lives live in uncertainty. It is a determined uncertainty. . .we call this, simply, “fate.” Fate is an unknown scenario God prepares for us.


To sum up, fate is a play whose beginning, end and players are known. To act well or poorly in the play is up to us. If we have acted well, we are applauded as we leave the stage. Otherwise, we are jeered as the curtain goes down.


When we lay our heads on our pillows to sleep,  we think of what we will do and where we will on the morrow. . .we don’t think of whether there will be a morrow for us. . .whereas even one second of our future is uncertain.. . .


Actually, sometimes it is better not to know. . if we knew we would die tomorrow or one month later, how fearful it would be. . .

What is more fearful is to await death. This is why God Almighty has kept it  a secret: for our own good. This is called the invisible world.


Nor say of anything, “I shall be sure to do so and tomorrow.”

Without adding, “So please God!” When thou forgettest,   and say, “I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even than) this to the right road.” VERSE 23,24, THE CAVE (KAHF) SURA 18


Everything is done if God says so. The only thing we can do is  wish that He wishes whatever we want. . .


It’s more rational to say “If it is God’s will” or “The LORD willing,” when we wish to do something.





Akýn Örsmen (11.23.2007)




* The Coranic verses have been taken from the Holy Qu’ran, A. Yusuf Ali, 1975 publication, Pitman Press, Great Britain