Let Hope Carry You

We live in an extremely negative world. We live in a very pessimistic world. If you go at life just by yourself, without bringing hope along with you, without looking out and seeking hope wherever you can, this world will eat you alive.

That is how difficult it is nowadays. You have to bring your hope with you. You have to look for your own hope. There is not going to be someone beside you all the time to bring you that hope. Sometimes you have to look for it yourself. When you do Tafahu bi 'l-khair and you have hope towards the future, it does not mean everything you touch now turns into gold. No, far from it.

When you put it in the hands of God, all bets are off. You have no idea what the outcome is going to be. Yes, you can come up with your likelihood and your percentages and say, well, it is likely this person will do this and it is likely that person will do that, and that is fine. But at the end of the day, it is in his hands. You have no idea.

So, what is very unlikely? Sure it is unlikely, or it is likely? It does not matter. Imam Sadiq ('a) is saying even when it is likely, it does not matter. When it is likely, it is unlikely, you have no idea how things are going to turn out. Let that hope carry you!