‘… 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.
‘And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.’
(Surah Ad Dhariyat 51:56)
The purpose for man’s creation is to worship the Creator; the objective of our life is pleasing Allah (swt). We can turn everyday activities into acts of worship by purifying our intention and sincerely seeking Allah’s pleasure. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
Greeting a person is charity. Acting justly is charity. Helping a man with his steed is charity. A good word is charity. Every step taken on the way to performing prayers is charity. Removing an obstacle from the road is charity. Subhanallah
‘Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.’
(Surah Al Baqarah 2:117)
The term ‘Kun fayakoon’ is a Quranic term occurred is various places in the Quran. It is used in reference to Allah’s Glorious creation powers. Everything is easy for Him, for whenever He decrees a matter, all He says is: ‘Be’, and it is! Alhumdullilah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
‘And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” ‘
(Surah Al Anbya 21:87)
The dua of Yunus (as) when he found himself in the belly of the fish. This dua is extremely powerful when one intends to solve a problem or is afflicted with difficulty.
It expresses Tauheed (Oneness of Allah), Glorifies Allah with His dearest word (Subhanallah), and our acknowledgment of sin resulting in a humble request of forgiveness…
(La ilaha illa anta, Subhanaka, Inni kuntu minaz-zalimin)