“If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.”
Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2344
There are two kinds of people in the world. One who take this hadeeth, work hard and rely on Allah swt for the results.The other kind take this hadeeth, sit back , do nothing, relax and wait for the results to sky drop through the roof of their houses. These are the ones who always say, it is all about tawakkul (trust) on Allah, you just need to have faith and see the miracles unfold. Those miracles more often then not, never do manifest and a few that do, well, that is the Rizq which has already been destined for you by Allah swt.
Yes, you need to have faith and tawakkul on Allah swt. And no, that does not mean that there is nothing more to it and you can just sit back, do nothing. If you want something, you have got to work for it. When you have made your effort, exhausted your brains on how to tackle a certain life problem, then you can sit back and rely on Allah swt for the results. After doing your bit, and trusting Allah swt on whatever the outcome is and being content and patient with thoseresults, is what tawakkul is all about. Believing that whatever happens, whether or not to your liking, desires, or expectations, is from Allah swt. And knowing that it is your share of the rizq in this world, as is already predestined. This is Tawakkul. It is not the other way round.
Anas ibn Malik reported:
A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” (Tirmidhī 2517)
If we take a closer look at these two ahadeeth, they do mention the effort within themselves. The effort that the birds undertake and ‘go out’ and not sit back in their nests and wait for the feed to drop from the sky for them. They have to go out, and so do you. Doing your bit and tying the camel and then having tawakkul on Allah swt. You need to move, do things, make more efforts, work. You have got to make things happen, if I may say! Then Allah swt will take care of the rest.
Tawakkul is essential to our peace, happiness and success in this life and the next. We need to understand what it really means and requires from us. It is indispensable when it comes to understanding rizq. Having the faith that what Allah swt has written down for your Rizq, will inevitably reach you! But also knowing that you need to work for it and make some effort for you to have it. You still need your hands to lift the food from the plate into your mouth, don’t you? The food on the plate will never fly into your mouth on its own, will it? Rationalize the facts for yourself 🙂
Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported:
I heard Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) as saying: Allah ordained the measures (of quality) of the creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, as His Throne was upon water. (Sahih Muslim 2653)
I look around and see people busy, consumed by their work, worried if they don’t work more everyday they will not be able to survive, to sustain in this world. As sad as it sounds, it is true. We are all engaged in earning more money, building bigger houses, buying the latest I phones, the new car and what not! It is the basic human need to have and want the best for ourselves and for our loved ones. And in this world that seems to have become all that is left to living and loving.
It just made me wonder, how much insane we go when life doesn’t work in our way. When a friend gets the appraisal we think we were more deserving of. When a cousin gets married to some Mr. Perfect while we are struggling in our marriage. When you started together, and your friend/brother/sister/stranger created an empire while you are trying to break-even the business. Seems quite unfair, right? Yes of course, when things don’t work our way, or we don’t get as much as we would like to have or want, life seems unfair. But believe me it isn’t! Allah knows who needs what, how much and when.
I hear people cursing their fate, wondering why it is always them who have to suffer. Why Allah swt has abandoned me? Why is He swt always testing me? Why is He swt rewarding those who are in error with more and more wealth, health and everything good? Does any of this sound familiar?
Bad things happen to good people while all that is good goes to the bad ones!
Apparently these things do look out of place and seem unjust, but if you dig in deeper, you will realize that whatever happens in your life always is according to Allah swt’s grand plan. It always will work out for your best. If you can’t see that happen in this world, be sure and firm that it will be your reward in the next one. We have to be patient and content with the decree of Allah swt.
Go back a few years in your life when you had a major or minor problem, when things got out of your way. And you were in crisis, hurt, angry with life, and you thought life couldn’t get any worse. Now, walk step by step on how lifere-arranged itself for you, how things changed, how people changed and in the end how everything did work out for you. Right in the moment, back then, you would not have possibly seen the bigger picture, that you might now be seeing. You have to have faith in such hard times. Faith that Allah swt will never abandon you and that He swt loves you and would never wish anything wrong for you.
Coming back to Rizq, Allah swt says in the Quran,
Truly, your Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills and straitens (for whom He wills). Verily, He is Ever All-Knower, All Seer of His slaves. (Al-Isra 17:30)
And in another place, He swt says
To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth, He enlarges provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills). Verily! He is the All-Knower of everything. (Ash Sahura 42:12)
He knows everything, how much you want something and how much you need it. When He swt blesses you more in your rizk, all or any form of rizq, be grateful and thankful to Him swt. he will in sha Allah bless you more in it. When you feel He swt has deprived you of some rizq, something that you badly crave for or need, realize that it has a greater good in it for you, the deprivation. Be patient and content with what you have.Pray for it, make duaa and if it is written for you it will reach you, sooner or later 🙂 Don’t be sad or angry; neither is a good attitude towards life and your Creator.
The third kind of people
And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then he will suffice him. Verily, Allah has set a measure for all things. (At-Talaaq 65:3)
This post has run pretty long, I am sorry for taking so much of your time. But I do hope that your realize what I want to say. All rizq, whatever blessings you have in your life, are from Allah alone. None can increase of decrease them except for Him. No one can give them or take them away from you except for Him. All you need is to put your best foot forward, work hard and make efforts to get what is written down for you as your Rizq. Doing nothing and waiting for something to happen is not what Allah expects from you. That is not the right approach to either Rizq or Tawakkul. Do your best, work harder and then see the miracle unfold before you! Until next time, in sha Allah 🙂
And put your trust in allah swt, and Sufficient is Allah as Wakil (trustee, or Disposer of affairs). Al-Ahzaab 33:3