I am having an interesting debate with a friend these days where the word yaqeen (absolute certainty) popped up in our conversation. Have you ever reflected on the word? Absolute certainty! In my mental tossing and turning, I found that I do not have yaqeen in any living person; not that people are bad or unsupportive but because people are not all-powerful to be able to control everything in their lives. To explain this further, I am certain my closest friends will stand by me when I need them, but I do not have a yaqeen that they will, simply because of so many possibilities; they might be out of country, unreachable, grew emotionally distant … etc. I do not have this yaqeen even in myself! I am not absolutely certain about my traits, my actions or my capabilities. I am not absolutely sure I’ll stand by the people I love – I want to, but may be I won’t be physically able to (paralyzed, for instance), mentally (maybe I’d be insane), or even emotionally (what if I grow to be cold and indifferent to everyone around me?). Definitely I want to be there for my loved ones, but I am not absolutely certain I’ll be able to do it.
I do have yaqeen … in God, his prophets, Judgment day, and death but other than that, I am not absolutely certain about anything in this world.