‘…”Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”‘
(Surah Al Baqarah 2:156)
The families we have been blessed with, the health that He gave us, the time that He has allowed us all belongs to Allah. Gifts are given to us for a limited time only and Allah alone has the right to take it away when He wills.
‘Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon’
Be Patient. Trust The Provider. He will only do what is best for us. Alhumdullilah
‘Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish – That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative’
(Surah Fatir 35:29-30)
‘Al Shakoor’ is derived from the root word shukr which conveys the meaning of: an increase.
Allah appreciates even the few good deeds we as His servants do for Him. Al-Shakoor accepts the little and gives a lot; Allah has called Himself Al-Shakoor in order to tell us that He rewards His servants for thanking Him; He does not permit the deeds of such doers to be wasted or unrewarded. It is in this sense that rewarding the doers of good with what he deserves is called appreciation, and Allah has thus called Himself Appreciative. Alhumdullilah
‘…”Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”‘
(Surah Al Imran 3:173)
Our trust as Muslims is in the Most Beneficent and Most Merciful Allah, and without any doubt, He alone is our Guardian and Protector.
“Hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakeel”
‘… And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.’
(Surah At Talaq 65:3)
By relying on Allah (swt), the interminable source of power and strength allows us to become more resilient in the face of troubles and adversities of life and increases perseverance and resistance.
The story of the Mother of Ismaeel (as) states how she repeatedly ran between Mount Safa and Marwa in search of water for her distressed child. This teaches us that we should do everything in our capacity and use what is available to us to reach our goals and to remain firm in relying on Allah alone. Tawakkul involves belief, dependence, and action and dependence on Allah is in itself a form of worship and a true realisation of the verse ‘You alone we worship, You alone we ask for help.’
‘And We divided them throughout the earth into nations. Of them some were righteous, and of them some were otherwise. And We tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience].’
(Surah Al Araf 7:168)
Every one of us is being tested by Allah (swt) in different ways. We may not be able to fathom the wisdom behind why Allah decrees what He does for us however, we as Muslims must know that He does everything in accordance with His wisdom.
Allah has never made a mistake when we undergo trials in life; be it good or bad our tests will reveal how grateful we are in prosperity and how much patience we have in affliction. How we cope in the situation that He placed for us will determine how strong our faith is and the verse above makes it clear what is expected from us. Alhumdullilah.