Tawakkul: Reliance upon Allah


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Developing Our Relationship with Allah

“[He is] the Lord of the East and the West; there is no deity except Him, so take Him as Disposer of [your] affairs.” (Qur’an, 73:9)

Have you ever had that feeling of anxiety in your heart? What if it doesn’t work out? What if you never get over it? The truth is, we have all felt this way at some point in our lives. Sometimes, the uncertainty is just too much to bear, or the hardship of a moment prevents us from seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. At times we desperately want some kind of medicine, a pill perhaps, to miraculously take these worries away.

But we do have that. This pill is called tawakkul. Like any pill, it’s sometimes hard to swallow. There are moments when we wonder whether this medicine even works, or if it is just some tool to make us simply believe we can be better. But Allah, the One – the only One – in control of this universe has said:

“…And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (Qur’an, 65:3)

So what does it mean to rely on Allah; to have tawakkul in Him?

It means to be firm in your heart. Ibn Ata’illah stated:

“Relieve yourself of worry after you have planned; do not concern yourself with what Allah has undertaken on your behalf.”

With tawakkul, our external burden or outward struggle is to plan, to use our means, and to work hard, but in our heart there is no longer the worry of this burden. If you are sick, you seek out the best option: a professional doctor. If you are applying to university, you take your time in preparing your application to meet the criteria. But also know that after you have done your daily work and faced struggles, you should feel a resounding rest in your heart. Why?

Allah is Al-Wakeel; this means that it is He who controls His worshipers’ affairs and takes care of them. He never abandons them nor leaves them to another source. He has given Himself this Name and made it known to us, so that we know this is an essential attribute of His; thus, we will never be let down insha’Allah. Even if things do not go according to plan, we know that Allah will give us something that is better. We could not have entrusted our affairs to anyone better than Him. This is why, whenever the idea of relying on Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an, Allah reminds us of His power:

“[He is] the Lord of the East and the West; there is no deity except Him, so take Him as Disposer of [your] affairs.” (Qur’an, 73:9)

And Allah says,

“…Rely upon the Ever-Living who does not die…” (Qur’an, 25:58)

Allah is telling us in Surat Al-Muzzammil that He is the Lord of the East and the West, so will our needs ever go outside of the East and the West? He tells us in Surat Al-Fuqan to put our complete trust in Him, Who never dies, so how can we put our trust in people who do?

But if the condition of tawakkul is that we use our provisions and resources, what if we lack the means?

Imam Ahmad said the happiest day of his life was when he woke up one morning only to find no food in his home, because he knew that on this day he had to rely completely on Allah. Imam Ahmad was very, very poor since he didn’t have the means as we do to just go to the market and buy what his heart desired.

Tawakkul also requires training. We are human, and every now and then, we will feel this uncertainty, a loneliness, this knot in the stomach that maybe our situation won’t work out. And it’s ok to feel like this because it is about reminding ourselves to trust Allah at that precise moment. If we truly rely on Allah, in the way we rely on our doctor when we know we have the best one around, this trust can only give us the peace of mind and tranquility of heart knowing that Allah is always doing the best for us. This tranquility is developed when we face situations of discomfort and uncertainty. When we truly have tawakkul, we will never seek haram means to escape our situation, because we believe it is only Allah who determines the result.

Whenever we feel uncertain, let’s take a dose of tawakkul. Do what you can, but have trust in the guarantee that Allah will give you the result you need.

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87 Comments

  1. Muslimah says:

    Salam Sis Sarah,

    Thank you very much for your kind advice. May Allah grant you ease as well, as you strive to recuperate from your struggles. :)

  2. Mfaris says:

    We should always remember that it is only Allah swt who will determine what we need. However, always bear in your mind tawakkul only in not sufficient if we condone about the effort.in essence, effort+ tawakkal+ garateful….^_^

  3. sister M says:

    Masha Allah, JAK for the article…dose of imaan that i really needed. Indeed, Allah is sufficient for us.

  4. ishfaq nazir says:

    Thank you for sharing these important words,

    i am going through a very bad situation now a days, but i choose to pray with my whole heart and my tears. i feel peace , but still i m very much left down.
    i hope,Allah will accept me ,and grant me the right path and will forgive for my sins.
    i completely surrendr towards Allah.

    • Naima says:

      Its better to understand that no matter what situation we are in. We might see as if things do not change the way we want them to change. The best way is always Gods way. Instead we should accept the situation n hope it works out Gods way. There might be blessings in situations we run away from but that could be your solution.

      Patience, patience pays.

  5. Amal says:

    I’ve read this post a million and one times and each time I read it I feel a sense of calmness. Thank you so much for posting this. Alhamdulilah. Alhamdulilah for the good and for the bad. Alhamdulilah alaa kuli Hal.

  6. TARIQ MALIK says:

    May Allah give every one peace , always believe on Allah, this faith give u peace and happiness.

  7. Subhan’Allah, what a powerful reminder! May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless the writer for writing this and may He bless suhaibwebb.com for sharing it with us, aameen.

    Indeed, if you rely on Allah you will be victorious like we read in Surah al-Ma’idah ayah 52.

  8. Zaynah says:

    Jazak Allah Kharir, May Allah ta’ala bless you for this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What if you feel like you don’t deserve Allan’s mercy? Like if you have done bad things and feel like maybe Allah isn’t happy with you and you don’t deserve for your duas to be answered?

    • Jinan Bastaki says:

      Salaam Anonymous

      I think this article will help, as it deals with that feeling:

      http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/thinking-well-of-allah/

      “Think well of Allah when you sin

      What about when we constantly slip-up and cannot leave a certain sin? For some of us, this makes us give up on ourselves; we believe we don’t deserve any good from Allah. We have to remember that Allah (swt) is al-Wadud (the Most Loving). His Mercy overcomes His blame. It is not about deserving. If you thank Allah, He gives you more. It is not because we deserve more, it is because Allah is that Great. He is that Generous. Shaytan (the devil) makes us focus on how bad we are in order that we despair of Allah’s mercy, when the Prophet ﷺ taught us: “All the children of Adam constantly err, but the best of those who constantly err are those who constantly repent.” [Tirmidhi]…

      When we do wrong, let us feel guilty, but let us also flee to Allah (swt). Have a good opinion of Allah (swt). If you are sincere, He will forgive you. He is that forgiving. He is that Great. He is that Magnanimous. Even when we commit the same sin again and again and again, our good opinion of Allah (swt) should let us know that as long as we constantly strive against our nafs (lower self) and against that part of us that wants to indulge in that sin, we have already been forgiven. At the end of the day, it is shaytan who wants us to go to hell, not Allah. Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

      “Allah wants to accept your repentance, but those who follow [their] passions want you to digress [into] a great deviation.” (Qur’an, 4:27)

      Shaytan does not just want you to go to hell, but also wants to ensure you live in hell in this world. Just like he despaired, he wants you to despair. Our good opinion of Allah (swt) should never allow us to do that. Allah (swt) wants to accept your repentance, because your repenting is recognition of His Name al-Ghaffar (the One who constantly forgives).

      Just as the Prophet ﷺ told us that Allah (swt) is too gracious to turn away the hand that asks Him , He is also too Merciful to disappoint you and your good opinion of Him.”

  10. Shoful Alom says:

    Firstly Alhamdulillah for Allah allowing me to read this and be happy from it and thank you so much for posting this may allah help you in whatever you need.

  11. M.Ashraf says:

    Experience has proved time and again that we may not remember Allah as d esired and required but Allah in his infinite Reham never forgets anyone at any time at all.That is why Allah is Allah the Creater ,the noursher.

  12. Shahnaaz says:

    Alhamdulillah,

    May Almighty Allah grant us Tawakkul and may Almighty Allah save the entire Ummat of Our Beloved Nabi Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) from the pangs of Death, the Azaab in the Qabar, the Fire of Jahannam and May Almighty Allah make it possible that the entire Ummat of Our Beloved Nabi Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) P.B.U.H cross the Pul Siraat with a speed of Lightening and may Almighty Allah give us our book of Deeds in our right hand.

    This can only be accomplished if we keep saying that Allah is our Lord, Our Beloved Nabi Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) P.B.U.H is our messenger and Islaam is our Deen and we follow the Sunnahs of Our Beloved Nabi Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) P.B.U.H

    We should refrain from doing things against the command of Allah Taála and should endeavour to do good deeds so that we do not embarrass Our Beloved Nabi Muhammed Mustafa (SAW) P.B.U.H on the day of Reckoning. Insha Allah Ameen

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