We have heard the word ‘Tawfeeq’ (توفيق) many times, but what does tawfeeq mean? Asking Allah (SWT) to grant us tawfeeq might be the most important thing we learn. In this post, we’ll try to get a better understanding of the word tawfeeq.
Tawfeeq has been translated as many things: guidance, reconciliation, agreement, ability, success, etc. But the word in Arabic can mean all of that and so much more. Tawfeeq is not just the ability to attain a certain goal, it’s all the things that comes along with it to make it happen. Tawfeeq comes from Allah alone, and no one else. Prophet Shuhaib (AS) said: ” … I want nothing but to set things right as far as I can. My tawfeeq comes from none but Allah. In Him alone I have placed my trust and to Him alone I turn in humbleness.” [Quran 11:88].
Contrary to popular belief, our success (for example, in terms of wealth) doesn’t come from our ability alone. If hard work equalled success, then some of the third world countries should have had the richest people of this planet. However, this is not the case as some of the richest people, like Sir Richard Brandson (Founder of Virgin Group), has frequently referred to himself as “being lucky“. In most cases, pure luck cannot get you far either. As one famous quote goes: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” [Note: In Islam, we don’t believe in luck – everything is determined by the Qadr of Allah (SWT).]
So what does tawfeeq have to do with all this? Tawfeeq is the special acceptance and blessing of Allah (SWT) with which He enables us to achieve our aims and to be successful in what we do. Whoever has been given tawfeeq by Allah (SWT) has been given goodness in its entirety. It is narrated from Anas (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “If Allah wishes good for a slave, he utilises him.” It was said, “How does he utilise him O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “He grants him tawfeeq to perform righteous deeds before death.” [Reported by al-Tirmidhi, Hadith is Hasan Sahih].
Yes, that’s right. Tawfeeq can be attained. One of the key ingredients to attain tawfeeq is sincerity. Sincerity, not only in our intentions, but also in our words and actions. Imagine, you have always wanted to learn Arabic and improve your understanding of the Quran and the Sunnah, so that you can get closer to Allah (SWT). Some may feel that they are just not good at learning Arabic, while others may feel that their circumstances don’t allow them to learn Arabic. You may have a number of valid reasons (or sometimes excuses). The important thing to remember here is to check our sincerity, put in the efforts and seek tawfeeq from Allah (SWT).
Unless, Allah grants you tawfeeq you can never be successful in achieving any of your goals in this world or the Hereafter. Tawfeeq is not just the ability you possess to achieve your goals, but it’s also being provided with the opportunities required to achieve them. It’s granting you success, by making the journey towards attaining those goals, possible. It’s when things begin to work out; when things happen. That’s when you know Allah (SWT) is granting you tawfeeq. It’s the same for any other blessing that Allah (SWT) has blessed you with; be it wealth, talent or knowledge. Don’t be fooled by being arrogant and proud of your ability which Allah (SWT) granted you. Instead, be grateful and humble, by showing gratitude and seeking forgiveness.
May Allah grant us all sincerity and tawfeeq in achieving the goals that will lead us closer to Him. Ameen.