Adorning Yourself With Trust
By Fatna, London
Life, more than anything, is a kaleidoscope of highs and lows that constantly run around us. As we progress further into life, we’re forced to not only accept that there’ll never be a time where all days are sunny and clear but also that we’ll have no idea what the forecast is for the next day. It could be just as bright and warm, slightly less, grey and rainy or just a full force typhoon. It could be anything, nothing or everything at once and it’s unsettling to many of us that we can never know.
Its unsettling to many of us but not to all of us…
There are some individuals who have unlocked a way to enjoy an endless spring of contentment and tranquility. And yes, they too are subject to the same uncertainties that induce anxiety in many others. So what’s their secret?
It is the knowledge that although we may have absolutely no control over what will happen today, tomorrow and thereafter, Someone does, The One who is The Loving and Most Merciful; Allah. Knowing that The Greatest and Most Gracious Being is taking care of all matters, even if we know very little about them, will inevitably put the believer’s heart at ease.
Trusting in Allah (tawakkul) embellishes a believer with peace of mind and serenity. In the ever changing forecast of life, be it for the better or worse, knowing that everything is being taken care of and predetermined by The Most Capable will offer the trusting slave a sense of comfort like no other. This is tawakkul.
Tawakkul is so much more than a state of mind, it’s a shield against anxiety, it’s an adornment for the believer to cloak themselves with in the midst of any storm threatening defilement and disfiguration.
Read on as this blog shines light on the importance of becoming a trusting slave of Allah, not only for our relationship with Him but also for the strength and durability of our Iman.
“Rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” (Quran 3:159)
Trusting in Allah transcends what is just to be encouraged because it’s far greater than that, in actuality trusting in Allah is the believing slave fulfilling a pillar of faith. The pillars of faith are six: belief in Allah, belief in Allah’s angels, belief in Allah’s prophets, belief in Allah’s scriptures, belief in resurrection and belief in the Qadr (the divine decree).
The Qadr means that Allah has already preordained everything that will happen based on His prior knowledge. In fact, both everything in the world that has already taken place and will take place had already been predetermined by Allah 50,000 years before He created the universe!
“Allah wrote down the decrees of creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.” (Muslim)
One of the keys to becoming a trusting slave of Allah is to begin embracing the fact that everything that happens to you is because of Qadr. One of the major spinal beliefs regarding Qadr is that everything preordained by Allah has good in it and thus, the trusting slave will be able to see the khair ( good) in whatever happens and unfolds in life.
With ever changing forecasts, for better or worse, undoubtedly hardships do come upon the believer. However trust in Allah means that you know that your struggle will be accounted for and rewarded as, Islamically, there is honour in hardship. In Islam, we believe that Allah rewards His slaves through several avenues and one of those avenues are through trials and tribulations. In other words, the hardships that befall us in life not only purify us from our sins, but they also earn us reward in this world and the next.
“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even if it were the prick of a thorn.”(Bukhari)
Therefore in order for us not to meet calamities with panic and despair, one must trust in Allah that whatever test they’re being put through can be a means of expiation and immense reward if one remains patient and pious.
“When Allah wants good for His slave, He tests them.” (at-Tirmidhi)
In the prophets of Islam as well as in the Companions we have great examples in how to have unbreakable trust in Allah, no matter how tumultuous life becomes. For instance our Prophet ﷺ: when he had to come to terms with the deaths of his children and of his adored wife Khadijah; or when he ﷺ had to accept that his beloved uncle Abu Talib died upon disbelief, and thus will never be admitted into Jannah, and the list goes on. From the deaths of loved ones, to the loss of their homes, to having to escape to another city, to going from riches to poverty, we see that there were a plethora of trials they had to face.
However, despite the storms that they often had to bear, never once was their Iman (belief) compromised, never once did they question Allah and never once did they loosen their grip on Islam.
“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it” (Quran 99:7).
This quote evidences that every single effort made in the name of Allah, no matter how small, will be recognised. Thus, let this be a motivation for the believer to trust in Allah that not a single effort of their’s will be wasted or go unnoticed. There is no doubt that constantly remaining steadfast in trusting Allah, no matter how severe the storm of life gets, isn’t easy and requires endurance and discipline. However, I don’t point out the difficulty of the task to discourage anyone in their endeavour to becoming a trusting slave, but rather to ensure readers that due to its difficulty the reward for it in Islam is huge.
“Only those who endure patiently will be given their reward without limit.” (Quran 39:10)
Thus, let it be known that Allah is fully aware of all efforts made by His slaves and doesn’t allow for any stride made in His name be wasted or go unnoticed; all will be accounted for!
“Allah is ever Appreciative, All-Knowing.” (Quran 4:147)
Oblivion is often seen as darkness but with tawakkul (trust in Allah), oblivion is a light as it offers the believer a chance to earn reward through trusting in Allah and bearing whatever is ordained with patience and piety.
About the author:
Fatna is a sister from London who has always held the love for literature close to her heart. Hoping to give practical Islamic support through writing, Fatna is one of our blog writers here at SolaceUK.