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Tawakkul means putting all one's trust in Allah subhaanhau wata'ala


"And when someone puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him." (65:3)






'Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be well pleased with him) is reported as having said: "Allah's Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:


"'If you really and truly placed all your trust in Allah [law tawakkaltum 'ala 'llahi haqqa tawakkuli-hi], He would sustain you as He sustains the birds. They start the day with their bellies empty, and end it with their bellies full.'"






Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be well pleased with him) is reported as having said:


"A man once rode into town on a fine she-camel of his, and he said:

'O Messenger of Allah, shall I just leave her unattended, and put my trust in the Lord [ada'u-ha wa atawakkalu]?'

So the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) told him:

'Hobble her feet with a rope, and put your trust in the Lord [a'qil-ha wa tawakkal]!'"

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'Umar [ibn al-Khattab] (may Allah be well pleased with him) used to quote these two verses [of Arabic poetry] as an instructive example:

Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by God's decree.

If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee




In the words of one wise saying:

"He who puts all his trust in the Lord is like a baby. Just as the infant is not aware of having anything else to turn to, except its mother's breast, the completely trustful person [al-mutawakkil] feels himself guided in no other direction, except toward his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He)."




In the words of another wise saying:

"Absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] means the banishment of doubts,

and the delegation [tafwid] of one's concerns to the King of kings [Malik al-muluk]."




In the words of yet another wise saying:

"Absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] means relying with confidence on what is at the disposal of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He),

and expecting nothing at all from what is at the disposal of human beings."




Someone asked Yahya ibn Mu'adh [ar-Razi] (may Allah the Exalted bestow His mercy upon him) :

"When does a man become someone who is absolutely trustful [mutawakkil]?"

To this he replied: "When he is perfectly satisfied with Allah as a Trustee [Wakil]."




It was Bishr [al-Hafi] (may Allah the Exalted bestow His mercy upon him) who said:

"One of them may say: 'I have put all my trust in Allah [tawakkaltu 'ala 'llah],' although he is actually telling a lie.

For, by Allah, if he had really put all his trust in Allah, he would be perfectly content with the way Allah treats him."




Abu Turab an-Nakhshabi (may Allah the Exalted bestow His mercy upon him) once said:

"Absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] means casting the physical body into servitude ['ubudiyya], attaching the inner feeling to the Divine Lordship [rububiyya], and having serene confidence in sufficiency [kifaya],

so that one responds to receiving by giving thanks, and to deprivation by being patient."


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Once a pious man went into a Masjid with the intention of observing I’tikaaf. He had no provisions of food or drink. The Imaam advised him that since he was a destitute person, it is better for him not to observe I’tikaaf. Instead he should take up work somewhere and earn his daily bread. The pious man gave no reply. The Imaam again insisted but he remained silent. After the Imaam had repeatedly asked him to do so for the third and fourth time, the pious man replied: “Next to the Masjid there is a shop owned by a Jew who has promised to send me two loaves of bread every day.” The Imaam said: “If he has promised to send you food then by all means you may observe I’tikaaf here.” The pious man then reprimandingly said: “It is quite strange that you have great reliance on the promise made by a Jew but you put little trust in the promise made by Allah Ta’ala to provide sustenance to all living creatures.” (Raudh-ur-Rayyaheen pg 278)


Lesson: Various Aayaat of the Quraan-e-Kareem exhort us to cultivate a firm belief in Tauheed (the Oneness of Allah Ta’ala). And since Tawakkul (having complete reliance on Allah Ta’a’a) is the essence of Tauheed, the more firmly grounded a person is in his belief in Tauheed the more advanced will he be in Tawakkul. We should constantly remind ourselves that supreme control over everything lies only in the hands of Allah Ta’ala. Nothing can benefit us nor can anything bring us any harm except by the will of Allah Ta’ala.


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Reliance on Allah swt


Tawakkul means leaving everything on Allah SWT. Allah SWT lies above asbaab. But unfortunately, our state is that we are running after the sabab and forgetting that Allah SWT is the one who causes asbaab in the first place. He is above and beyond asbaab.There are not one, but many verses in the Quran in which Allah SWT talks about placing our complete trust and reliance on Him. Allah says that we should place our trust on Him if we are people of Iman and people of Taqwa because nothing is difficult for Allah. All He has to do for anything to happen is to say “Kun” (meaning: “Be”) and that happens.


Allah SWT has guaranteed us that He is responsible for the rizq of everyone on earth. Rizq is not simply income. For different people, it can be different things. For example, for students, rizq is knowledge. Therefore, Rizq is every single thing that we need. Surely, we are forgetful and unthankful human beings. All we need to do is sit on janamaaz and ask Allah SWT but we keep on forgetting His promise and run after people and worldly objects and getting what we want.


There is also a hadith of Prophet Mohammad S.A.W that we are supposed to rely on Allah like birds rely on Him. If we were to look at birds closely, we can observe that everyday birds leave their homes to get food for the day. Before leaving the homes, they have no idea from where will they get their rizq. But they completely rely on Allah (SWT). Birds are not like humans who , if were in a similar situation, would say “Oh what should I do? My future is so dark. I don’t even know how to get food for the day” Instead everyday is a new day for the birds and they always find their rizq and this is how they live their life.


We should remember that Allah has promised Rizq but not promised Jannah. So instead of being worried on things He has promised us, we should be worried about Jannah, for which He has made no promise and which completely depends on our own efforts.


If we were to look at our own Islamic history, we will realize that Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) and sahabah had complete and absolute reliance on Allah SWT. In the battle of Badr, we all know that muslims were 313 as compared to the kuffar who were more than 1000 in number. Muslims had nothing but Iman with them to fight the army of kuffar. Normally, before war, people spend time making plans and schemes to fight the army but Prophet Mohammad S.A.W spent the time making dua to Allah SWT. He prayed so much to Allah SWT that Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A came and said that “Ya, Rasool Allah, enough. You have made so much dua that surely Allah will help us”


And then, Allah sent down 3000-5000 angels from the sky to help the muslim army. And Muslims were victorious in the battle. Sahabah said that we saw people in white fighting next to us in the battle.


And Allah never took those angels back to sky. He has left them on earth for us. Everything is still the same. Allah is same. Islam is same. It is we who are at fault that we have stopped relying on Allah SWT.


Another very famous incident that we all know was when Hazrat Ibrahim was being thrown into fire. Angel Gibrael came and said to Hazrat Ibrahim that if you want, I can completely destroy this town. Then Hazrat Ibrahim said “Does my Allah know that I am being thrown into fire?” to which the angel replied in affirmative. Hazrat Ibrahim refused the help of an angel and said His Allah was enough for him.


And then Allah said that if you don’t want any sabab, then I also don’t want anything in between. And He Himself asked the fire to cool down for Hazrat Ibrahim.


You and I look for friend in this world. But Hazrat Ibrahim was Khalil Allah, the friend of Allah… , Nothing better than to have Allah as your friend!


There is another incident of Hazrat Maryam. Hazrat Zakariya had left her with insufficient amount of food. When he came back, he saw she had a lot of food. So he asked her where she got it from. She said “min indillah (From Allah)”


Verily Allah provides without measures. He gave her fruits out of season! When Hazrat Zakariya saw that, He prayed to Allah and He provided him with a son in a very old age.


Another very famous incident is when Hazrat Ibrahim left Hazrat Hajra and Hazrat Ismael in the barren desert. But the only thing Hazrat Hajra asked him was if he was leaving them for the sake of Allah. When he answered in positive to her, she didn’t argue. And while at the desert, when Hazrat Ismael was thirsty, Hazrat Hajra ran from Safa andMarwa seven times to look for water. And Allah provided them water. There was so much water that Hazrat Hajra had to say “Zam Zam (Rok jaa)” Allah had provided them from the ghaib! This is the same practice that the muslims all over the world repeat when they go for Umra showing the importance of complete reliance on Allah (SWT)


So now the next question is how to increase our reliance on Allah SWT?

The first thing is that we should make Dua. Even when our shoe laces break, we should ask Allah that “oh Allah what should I do. Help Ya Allah” That’s how intimate He wants us to be with Him. For anything we want, we normally go to makhlooq (friends, teachers etc) but we should remember that “jis ka rab hai, uss kaa sab hai” So we should make dua to Allah as much as we can after reading Quran, after our fard namaaz, in tahajjud etc .


Second thing is that we have to increase our rememberance of Allah. We should increase our nafl ibadat, recite istaghfar, listen to bayaans, read Quran etc.


And the third thing is that we have to recite the verses of Takwa and tawakkul which will remind us of His promises if we forget.


All these steps will make us a better Muslim Insha Allah.

Zaynab Academy

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Tawakkul and Medication

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


Tawakkul is translated as either trust or dependence. It is a very important part of our belief to have trust in Allah (SWA).


Allah (SWA) in the Holy Quran has said that:

“Put the trust on the exalted in might, the merciful.” Surah Shuarah v.217)


The absolute reliance upon Allah must be in every situation. It is the means of strengthening your Iman. It is knowing that no matter what happens, in the end everything will turn out to be good, as long as you depend on Allah to support and help remedy the situation. One must know that everything that happens happens because it is a part of a divine plan. If a person is tested with poverty or diseases there is good in it as long as we depend upon Allah (SWA).


This was the case of Yusuf Alayhis Salam when he was imprisoned, he had tawakkul. Ibrahim Alayhis Salam when he was thrown into the fire and of Saaidah Maryam when she gave birth alone, she had tawakkul.


There are many ahadith which encourage the Muslims to seek medical treatment. Saaidah Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said; “there is no disease that Allah (SWA) has created, except that he has created its remedy.” (Sahih Bukhari p.848 v.2)


Saaiduna Usamah Bin Shuraik Radiallahu Anhu narrates; “O’ Prophet of Allah! Should we seek medical treatment for our illnesses? He replied; yes, you should seek medical treatment, because Allah (SWA), has left no disease without providing for its cure except for one ailment, old age.” (Sunan Tirimizi p.24 v.2)


The Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam not only instructed sick people to take medicine, but also invented many medicines and cures, which can be found in Imam Suyuti’s Tibb Nabawi.


 Finally, it is stated in Fatawa Hindiyyah that there are three types of means to remove harms and difficulties:
1) Those that remove potential harm for certain such as the drinking of water in order to quench thirst and eating of food in order to remove hunger.

2) Those that by using them, it is presumed health will be restored such as medical treatment.

3) Those that may cure (but less significant than the second situation) such as the using of amulets etc…


With regards to the first type, abstaining from using them is no way considered as part of reliance and trust in Allah, rather it is unlawful to refrain from using these means. If a person was to die due to not drinking water, he will be sinful.


The second type of means, using it is not contrary to the concept of Tawakkul, and abstaining from its usage is not a sin also.

The third type of means is not essential in that complete reliance in Allah is only achieved by abstaining from using them.


Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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We cannot fully comprehend the workings of Allah


Allah ta'ala makes mention of the meeting between Hazrat Musa (as) and Khidr in Surah Kahf. At that particular juncture in Musa’s life he assumed that he was the most knowledgeable person on the face of the earth. When Allah brought to Musa’s attention that there was someone (Khidr) who had more knowledge than him, Musa set out to meet and learn from Khidr. During their journey Khidr did certain actions that appeared to be harmful and ‘senseless’. For example he scuttled a boat that was owned by Masaakin (poor people). Musa (as) using reason and logic was of the opinion that Khidr intended to cause the owners of the boat to drown. However as Khidr would later reveal it was to safe guard their boat from the unjust ruler.


The full story of Musa (as) and Khidr is recorded in Surah Kahf, ayats 65 to 82. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer)


The Story of Musa and Al-Khidr


Musa meeting with Al-Khidr and accompanying Him


Damaging the Boat


The Story of killing the Boy


The Story of repairing the Wall Allah tells us that


Interpretations of why the Ship was damaged


Interpretation of why the Boy was killed


Interpretation of why the Wall was repaired for no Charge

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Tawakkul of Ibrahim (as)


A beautiful example of faith in Allah was when Prophet Ibrahim (as) was ordered to leave his wife, Hajar and his son, Ismael in a barren valley. Imagine Ibrahim (as), after so many years of begging Allah for a son finally got Ismael, and soon afterwards he was commanded by His Lord to led them and leave them to an uncultivated valley having no fruit, no trees, no food, no water and no sign of life. Imagine how he would have felt. And what did he beg Allah for when he was leaving them? He didn’t ask Allah to provide food or water for them. Instead he made this beautiful plea;


“O Our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy sacred House; in order, O Our Lord, that they may establish regular prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that They may give thanks. O Our Lord! truly Thou dost know what we conceal and what we reveal: for nothing whatever is hidden from Allah, whether on earth or In heaven.” (Chapter 14, verse 37 – 38)

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 The Puzzle


There are many pieces that make up our lives
Moments that break us;
Moments that raise and shape us;
Decisions we make to hold on…or let go;
People who enter our lives and leave us changed forever; 
The ones we love, the ones that hurt us, or heal us, or leave us and so on…

Sometimes we don't understand these pieces, or even despair over them.
It’s only when time goes by and we look back, that we suddenly can see our whole life like a perfectly designed puzzle!

Don’t be afraid of the puzzle piece you’re in now or the one that you can't find.
It will fit perfectly someday…just like the rest!. 

Allah Ta’ala is indeed “ Al-Wakīl ”(the Disposer of Affairs). The Qur’ān refers to Allah by this name f ourteen times. 

The beautiful Qur’an says: “Say: Allah is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust as Disposer of our Affairs!” (Qur’an: Sūrah Āl `Imrān: 173)




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Assigning to Allah Ta‘ala after Adopting the Means

tawakkul.jpgHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A great lesson that we learn from the lives of the pious of the past was that they would adopt the necessary means for their work and thereafter they would assign their affair to Allah Ta‘ala. On the other hand, we adopt all the procedures and try to go the extra mile, but in the process we do not entrust our affair to Allah Ta‘ala. In doing so, Allah Ta‘ala then places the entire burden on the individual and this is the beginning to all problems and agony. Eventually, this leads to depression, for one has placed all his trust on the means and procedures, and not on Allah Ta‘ala.




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