Ah! I just had an "Ah" moment when I saw a documentary (video essay) on the works of a great Japanese animation artist Hayao Miyazaki. It's produced by an English film maker, Lewis Bond.
Miyazaki said: "You don't depict fate, you depict will."
How true! What he said, in my opinion, carries a universal meaning beyond the animation world. Religious, in fact. We are here in this world depicting will, our will, and if I may say, on the haqiqah (reality) level - His Will.
Fate is almost not relevant. Fate is a past tense, in relation to will.
Does that make sense to you?
Will is alive, dynamic, active, an infinite variable, an endless possibilities. That is from His Rahmah (Mercy).
Fate, to me, is something that we should leave it at that.
Fate to me is something you might say when the day comes when this blogger passes on and you see no more postings here. You might say: Ah...that's how she lived her life. That's her fate.
But come to think of it, will it matter?
Oh by the way, I understood one lesson from studying Kitab As-Syamail the other day, that Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam never said la (no). The only time or circumstance he said la was when he professed the syahadah: la ilaha illallah.
Here's a poster borrowed from Exa Publishing Facebook quoting author Doe Zantamata.
To change one's direction means to have will. And as a Muslim, I reckon the path of least resistance is when what we will is in line with the Divine Will.