There was a time in my life when I had given up completely. There was no hope for me at all. I was overwhelmed with sadness, remorse and fear. A fear that I cannot explain in words. My entire world was enveloped in misery, so much so that I would feel jealous when I saw people smiling and laughing. It is something that cannot be explained and can only be understood by those who have lived it. I have lived it. And I have lived it for a long time. Days would pass into months, and months into years, but I was still there, stuck, looking for that flicker of light to which I could cling onto and escape. Escape from this world, escape from this life. But, I did not want to die because I had a lot to do. A lot…
And then, one day, I found that light. That light that I had been searching for all these years. It had been with me all along, but I never saw it. Or rather, I never paid attention to it, because deep down, I knew it was there. It was waiting for me to turn towards it, so that it could unveil its wonders and miracles but I never thought it could be of any help. I underestimated its capacity and power. I was miserable, I was arrogant, I was foolish.
“Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people.” (Surah Yusuf, 12:87)
This ayah in the Qur’an hit me like a thunderbolt. I knew I was a Muslim, but if I was a believer like I claimed I was, I should be hopeful of the mercy of Allah. I should be hopeful of relief from Allah, but here I was drained and exhausted in misery and grief!
I didn’t want to be of the disbelieving people, I couldn’t bear the thought of it! And then began my search for answers, the search for a solution to my unexplained sorrow which led me to this ayah:
“When the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” (Surah Kahf, 18:10)
This amazed me. We hear people say that they left their affairs to Allah, but nothing happened. Instead, things got worse! SubhanAllah, I realized that the problem was with us, and not in the promise of Allah. We are the ones who are not worthy enough for the favors of Allah and then shamelessly point our fingers at our Creator.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz rahimullah says,
“Putting one’s trust in Allah involves two things:
- Depending on Allah and believing that He is the One Who causes measures to be effective; His decree comes to pass; He has decreed all things, counted them out and ordained them, may He be glorified and exalted.
- Taking appropriate measures; putting one’s trust in Allah does not mean refraining from taking measures; rather part of putting one’s trust in Allah is taking appropriate measures and striving to do so. The one who refrains from doing so has gone against the laws and decree of Allah. Allah has commanded us to take appropriate measures and He encourages us to do so; He commanded His Messenger ﷺ to do that. “
Allahuakbar! Yes, what is decreed, will come to pass. What is ordained will come to pass. It WILL come to pass no matter how hard I try to escape from it. And in everything, there is a wisdom which is best known to Allah. Allah is the One who is the controller of my affairs, Allah is the One who has the knowledge of the unseen, Allah is the One who is full of unbounded mercy, then why didn’t I place my trust in Him? Yes, what is decreed, will come to pass. What is ordained will come to pass. It WILL come to pass no matter how hard I try to escape from it. And in everything, there is a wisdom which is best known to Allah. Allah is the One who is the controller of my affairs, Allah is the One who has the knowledge of the unseen, Allah is the One who is full of unbounded mercy, then why didn’t I place my trust in Him?
Yes, what is decreed, will come to pass. What is ordained will come to pass. It WILL come to pass no matter how hard I try to escape from it. And in everything, there is a wisdom which is best known to Allah. Allah is the One who is the controller of my affairs, Allah is the One who has the knowledge of the unseen, Allah is the One who is full of unbounded mercy, then why didn’t I place my trust in Him?
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:216)
Was this my problem? Was I too scared to place my trust in Allah? SubhanAllah! I shudder at this thought, which probably I did have at one point in my life. I didn’t think anything could really happen if I placed my trust in Allah.
But I was wrong, so wrong. Look at the people of the cave. They were in such a difficult situation, but they did what was possible within their human capacity and placed their trust in Allah. And Allah helped them in the most miraculous of ways, by putting them to sleep for a number of years! Allahuakbar! This is the power of trust in Allah. This is the how Allah will help us, and pull us out of the most difficult and impossible situations if we place our trust in Him.
We are submitting ourselves to His Will. We are doing whatever is humanly possible 1 and then affirming that Allah alone can pave a way out for us from the situation.
Perhaps, the best definition of Tawakkul in Allah is the dua’ of Istikhara. It begins with our affirmation of Allah’s might, His knowledge, His power, His magnificence, His capability and gradually enters into our affirmation of our weakness, our in capabilities. And we then lay our problem in front of Him, leaving Him to send a decision our way which is best for us. Blindly we ask Him to guide us, because we know that He loves us and can only do good for us.
This blind trust in Allah is tawakkul. Outwardly, what you are running after may seem the ultimate solution, but you can never be sure because you do not know what the future holds. It is Allah who knows and who better to place our affairs with? SubhanAllah!
No matter how tough a situation you are facing, no matter how hopeless life looks, no matter how helpless you feel, remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that light is nothing but tawaakul in Allah.
“And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (Surah at-Talaaq, 65:3)
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- Whatever we do, it should be halaal and within the bounds of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. This is one of the first and foremost aspect of placing trust in Allah – a physical action with a spiritual action – do whatever is possible and then make dua’ to Allah to ease your affairs. This completes the conditions of tawakkul in Allah. ↩