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"If you had all relied on Allah (SWT) as you should rely on Him, then He would have provided for you as He provides for the birds, who wake up hungry in the morning and return with full stomachs at dusk."

"If you had all relied on Allah (SWT) as you should rely on Him, then He would have provided for you as He provides for the birds, who wake up hungry in the morning and return with full stomachs at dusk."

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Tawakkul (Trust in God)
3/2/2008 - Religious Interfaith Social - Article Ref: SZ0802-3523Number of comments: 19Opinion Summary: Agree:16Disagree:0Neutral:3  By: Umm Thameenahsisters-magazine.com * -
"If you had all relied on Allah (SWT) as you should rely on Him,then He would have provided for you as He provides for thebirds, who wake up hungry in the morning and return with fullstomachs at dusk."[At-Tirmidhi]Do you truly have full trust in Allah (SWT)? There are some of us who strive our utmost to prepare for things wherein nocertainty exists, whilst others fail to prepare for certain thingswherein lies no doubt. And let us not forget those that believetheir destiny is completely in their own hands, whilst their counterparts hold, in whatcan only be described as 'bravery', that they have full trust in Allah (SWT), thusgranting themselves the ticket to do nothing at all.Tawakkul is a light for our hearts and a means for us to seek nearness towards Allah(SWT) in a manner that absolutely nothing else can achieve. The essence of thisquality of the heart is built upon two very important pillars: dependence upon Allahand trust in Allah.We may often trust a person, without necessarily depending upon them, and likewisewe may depend upon a person without fully trusting them. However when it comesto Our Lord (SWT), both exist simultaneously in perfection. So why are we so readyto trust others, but so quick to question Allah (SWT)? I'm sure we can all recall atleast one incident in our lives when we experienced the rahma of Allah (SWT) indisguise. What did we do? What did we say? When one of the innumerable blessingswe failed to count and thank our Lord for was unexpectedly taken from us, whatthoughts rushed to our minds? What regrettable words came from our mouths? Whyhas this happened? What did I do wrong? Why has my blessing been taken awayfrom me? Such spur of the moment questions, tainted by our false comprehensionthat the blessings bestowed upon us belonged to us, in an instant, shakes ourbuilding of tawakkul, sometimes causing it to collapse, consequently opening up adoor for our enemy -Shaytaan and closing a door for us to Our Beloved (SWT).Sisters, why do we become so devastated at the onset of calamity? Why do we loseall hope? Why do we not simply trust in Allah (SWT)? For every goodness andblessing we own has only been by His Rahma (Mercy). The amaanah (trusts) withinour possessions are only ours for a temporary period of time; they belong to Allahand one day we'll have to return them to Him (SWT). When something is taken awayfrom us or we are faced with a calamity, always remember that Allah is testing ourEemaan (faith) and He (SWT) knows that we are strong enough to deal with it,otherwise it would never have come to us in the first place, for Allah (SWT) neverburdens a soul with more than it can bear.Have full Tawakkul (trust) in Allah (SWT) and never belittle that trust. For the trustwe have in Allah is a path to success and a means to achieving victory. Never lose
hope and always remember that the situation of a true believer is always one of goodness: For when they are granted a blessing from Allah (SWT) they praise Himand due to that they are rewarded and their blessings increase and when a calamitystrikes they patiently persevere, and as a result of which they are rewarded andgranted something better than what they lost.Put your trust in Allah. Allah loves those that trust [in Him].[Surah al-Imran 3: 159]Know that Allah (SWT) is pleased with those servants who persevere and He (SWT)loves those that trust in Him. Build a strong foundation of trust and allow for it toaccompany you in all that you do. For it is a quality that will remain sufficient for youin the matters of this world, your deen (religion) and in the Aakhira (hereafter)insha'Allah. A beautiful example that never fails to touch my heart is that of ourmother: Umm Salamah (RA), when her husband Abu Salamah (RA) passed away andshe remained steadfast, uttering the best statement at the time of any calamity:'Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji'oon -Surely to Allah we belong and surely to Him wewill return'. And she received exactly as Allah (SWT) promises: blessings and mercy:'And give good news to those who persevere, those who say, when a misfortunestrikes them, Surely to Allah we belong, and surely to Him we will return, these arethe ones on whom blessings from their Lord descend, and mercy, and these are theones who are rightly guided'.[Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 155-157]For who could be better as a husband than Rasoolullah (SAW) -A gift to our mother,Umm Salamah (RA) for her tawakkul in Allah (SWT).It may seem difficult to imagine, and I don't make out that it's always the easiest of things to do. However, with complete conviction, as I too have witnessed such agreat blessing from Allah (SWT) after a calamity had befallen me, that if you trulytrust in your Lord, with every atom's weight of your heart, Allah will provide for youin ways you could never have imagined.Let us take a moment to ponder over one ayah in the Qur'an, yes, just one ayah. If Iasked you to guess which ayah it is, what would you say? Would it even cross yourmind that you read this ayah without fail in every single rakat (standing) of yoursalah?'You Alone we worship and You Alone we ask for help'[Surah al-Faatihah: 5] "The Opening"This ayah clearly establishes the tawakkul of the believer. Some of the Salaf (earlybelievers) have said, "Al-Faatihah is the secret of the Qur'an, while these words arethe secret of Al-Faatihah." So how can we stand before Allah day in and day out,uttering such perfect words of tawakkul, and yet not sincerely mean them? For belief,undoubtedly, must be followed by action.

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