“Insha’Allah” is like a drug that helps you relax, take things easy and reduce responsibility. Convenient and practical painkiller of everyday troubles. You can get it without any prescription and almost every Arab use it. However, there is a catch – this antidote can cause addiction.
* Please read this article carefully before you start using “insha’Allah” or cunsult with a native because this expression used improperly threatens your career, private life or health.
After several months of living in Jordan I finally realized that almost nothing is in our own hands. Everything depends on simple Arabic expression “insha’Allah”. It means no more than “God willing” and locals use it quite often. This phrase comes up when speaking about future plans and events. Muslims believe that everything was “written” so people can’t change “Allah’s will”. Nevertheless, and I know it from the experience, it might be an expression that is used to show that we’re not intending to keep a word.
* Along with it useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The unwanted effects of “insha’Allah” often improve as your brain adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your Arab friends if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
First situation: Friend asks you to help in homeworks in the near future. You should say “Yes, sure” (because it’s impolite to refuse to help). Of course, you can also come up with some excuse but if you think to slow you can add universal ”insha’Allah” in the end of the sentence. And now it doesn’t mean that you’ll do it for sure and your friend can’t blame you if you’ll change your mind because not you but “the absolute” doesn’t want it. And it’s forbidden to oppose his will.
* You will not use “insha’Allah” for longer than is necessary. If you use it over a longer period of time, your body and brain can become used to it and they will not work as well. This is called tolerance.
Second situation: You can hear “insha’Allah” even in a taxi. After you say your destination a taxi driver might say this words. What does it mean? Isn’t he confident of his driving skills? Don’t worry and know that in this case it’s just an expression, something like “hopefully”. So I will be a millionaire soon, “insha’Allah”.
Third situation: Even if you arrange a meeting at exact time be ready to hear “insha’Allah”. If your mate is late… well, nothing you can do.
* If you are planning a trip abroad you are advised to carry a description with you because “insha’Allah” is a controlled drug.
I’ve learned that there is a bad and good “insha’Allah”. Sometimes you just have to sense a tone to see a difference. First one doesn’t obligate to do something and warns that some changes in plans might happen. Good “insha’Allah” just shows that a person emphasizes the importance of God in its life.
* Use “insha’Allah” exactly as this article and your Arab friends tell you to. Once you have been told what dose is right for you, keep using this dose unless you are told otherwise by more experienced.
Now don’t be surprised why it’s so popular. It’s possible to use it almost in every problematic, uncomfortable or dubious situation. I think I will smuggle a couple of pills to Europe.