What exactly is “wishful thinking”?
An example :
﴿وَلاَ تَتَمَنَّوْاْ مَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بِهِ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ﴾
(And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others).
﴿وَاسْأَلُواْ اللَّهَ مِن فَضْلِهِ﴾
(and ask Allah of His Bounty.)
Therefore, the Ayah states, “Do not wish for what other people were endowed with over you, for this is a decision that will come to pass, and wishing does not change its decree. However, ask Me of My favor and I will grant it to you, for I Am Most Generous and Most Giving.
Excerpted from the English version of Tafseer Ibn Katheer.
AbdulFattaah bin Uthman