بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه
“Tawfeeq” is often times translated as ‘success’ or ‘ability’, but tawfeeq has a much deeper meaning.
Shu’ayb عليه السلام said to his people:
وَمَا تَوْفِيقِي إِلاَّ بِاللّهِ
“And my tawfeeq is only from Allaah” [Hud :88]
Tawfeeq from the letters ‘waw’ ‘fa’ ‘qaaf’ – and it literally means ‘reconciliation or to agree’. Tawfeeq is the coming together of all means that enable a person to achieve some good.
Sometimes we have the opportunity to do good, but we do not have the ability. Other times we have the ability to perform good, but don’t have the opportunity.
Tawfeeq is the ability AND the opportunity to do something, and that is when all the means come together so one can do the good they want…and this is only from Allaah ‘azza wa jal.
Sister Fajr translated a nice work on ‘Tawfeeq’ by sh Salih al-Munajjid here: At-Tawfeeq
May Allaah سبحانه و تعالى grant us the Tawfeeq to do good in all our affairs, Ameen.