Is there anything in the modern world that can help conveys the concept that only Allah Ta’ala knows what is truly good or bad for us?


There’s a profound lesson in a story from the past: Once, there was an old trader who relied on a donkey to transport his goods to a neighboring village for sale. One day, the donkey escaped into the hills. When the trader’s neighbors expressed sympathy for his apparent misfortune, he responded with a thought-provoking question, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the escaped donkey returned, accompanied by a herd of wild donkeys from the hills. This time, the neighbors congratulated the trader on his seemingly good luck. Yet, once again, the trader’s response was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?” Soon after, the trader’s son attempted to tame one of the wild donkeys but fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone around thought this was terribly bad luck. However, the trader’s reaction remained consistent: “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” Some weeks later, the army marched into the village, conscripting every able- bodied youth they could find. Miraculously, the trader’s son was spared because of his broken leg. Was this good luck? Bad luck? Who knows? This story beautifully illustrates the profound wisdom that Allah alone knows what is truly good or bad for us.