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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Fatwaa ID: 2120

Question:
Salam alaikum !

Is there any mention of the question “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years?” in Islamic teachings, such as hadith, or is it a concept influenced by Western culture?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

I have not come across such a question in the Ahaadith. However, it is not a thing “influenced by the western culture”. It is merely a question that encourages one to have goals and plans, be it for the Aakhirah or the Dunya. There is nothing wrong with such a question. Personal development is important. A person should not just wander around aimlessly or take life as it goes. Rather, having a plan is commendable. It allows one to achieve greater heights. Obviously, the true plan and striving is for one’s spiritual advancement and the Hereafter.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/01/1445 AH – 02/11/2024 CE | AMG1-3741

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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