I am a physician but I am unable to find a job yet. Should I think that it is my destiny and stop searching for jobs?
As far as destiny is concerned, the word “destiny” means, “has been pre-ordained for you”- not to find a job. But you are not sure whether it is your destiny not to find a job forever.
A Tawakkul and true reliance on Allah (swt) the Almighty and how you put your trust on Allah (swt) is by following their means: You apply for a job here or there in several places, acquire higher degrees, get your internship and meet with people. This is called following their means.
Then why put your trust in Allah (swt) that He has saved something for you better than what you expect, but you don’t know it and that’s why you keep trying. But, you quit because you know it is your destiny. How do you know that it is your destiny? This is similar to the person who claims that since Allah (swt) has already pre-ordained my fate/destiny, whether I enter heaven or hell, why shall I worship? Why shall I do or I restrain from certain things? It has been decided already.
That will be true if you have already an assurance about your fate, but that you cannot know. The Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “Everyone should work hard and follow their means; everyone will find it easy to achieve what he has been created for.”
In addition, the Prophet Muhammad (sa) has guided us to some supplications and invocations that would facilitate to find a job, and increase in one’s provision.
- The greatest, of course is, constantly seeking forgiveness and saying: “Astaghfirullah” asking Allah (swt) in your prayer, in your Sujood to increase your provision. One of the most beautiful supplications:
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِىْ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِىْ الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَّقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
“Our Lord, give us a good reward in the life of this world and a good reward in the life of Hereafter.”
The word reward will cover job, provision, wife, children, progress, and success here and here after.
- Ask righteous people to pray for you. It is permissible in Islam to ask people to pray for you. May Allah (swt) make it easy for you.
- Giving in a charity and helping somebody to fulfill his need would facilitate in your finding a job, and making the search easy for you.
The Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “As long as you are assisting others, Allah (swt) will be assisting you as well. You fulfill the needs of others; Allah (swt) will fulfill your needs as well.”