A Sufi story about Mullah Nasruddin reveals the definition of fate.
A man once approached Mulla Nasruddin with a question, “What is fate?"
Mullah Nasruddin said, “Mere assumptions"
The man intrigued, asked, “Assumptions?!"
Mullah Nasruddin explained, “When you assume things are going to do well and when they do not, you term it as 'bad luck'. You assume that things are not going to turn out to be good and when they actually do, you call it good luck. When you are deliberating as to whether acertain thing is going to happen or not, unsure of the future you say that the future is unknow. When things happen unexpectedly against you, you call it fate!"
Things are the way they are, but the mind is not!