Building trust in Allah

At some point in our lives, we
have all had our trust betrayed.
There exist few of us who trust
anyone implicitly. The same goes
for principles or philosophies.
We have trusted them, only to be
disappointed. In the same light,
we have followed religious
scholars, only to find that they
too have betrayed us – either by
being undereducated or
imperfect. Maybe that is why it is
so hard for us to let go of
ourselves and truly trust Allah .
When we start to analyze a
command, we find in it things
we can not explain or fully
understand, so we stop doing it
or do the thing which was
forbidden to us, because the
opposite does not make sense
to us. Let me put that in more
specific terms: We know that at
the 120th day of life, Allah writes
for us our sustenance (risq).
Narrated Anas bin Malik: The
Prophet said, “Allah puts an
angel in charge of the uterus
and the angel says, ‘O Lord, (it is)
semen! O Lord, (it is now ) a clot!
O Lord, (it is now) a piece of
flesh.’ And then, if Allah wishes
to complete its creation, the
angel asks, ‘O Lord, (will it be) a
male or a female? A wretched
(an evil doer) or a blessed (doer
of good)? How much will his
provisions be? What will his age
be?’ So all that is written while
the creature is still in the
mother’s womb.” Sahih Bukhari:
Volume 8, Book 77, Number 594
We know that Allah has planned
out our jobs and our income.
Yet, we may shave our beard or
take off the hijab when we go
for an interview because we are
afraid that we will not get a
particular job. There is a huge
contradiction in our beliefs here.
If we know that what is for us is
for us, then why are we going
against Allah’s orders to achieve
the objective. The reason is
simple. We are not trusting Allah
.
This is a sad fact. Even though
we know that Allah is our Lord
and Protector, we have a hard
time letting go and allowing
ourselves to trust that He will
protect us. I doubt we do this
intentionally, it is shaytan,
whispering to us, “The people
will not understand, so shave
the beard, maybe later you can
grow it again” or “There is no
way someone will hire you with
that thing on your head, take it
off.”
We make excuses, like, my deen
is in my heart, not what I show,
even though we have been told:
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
People were (sometimes) judged
by the revealing of a Divine
Inspiration during the lifetime of
Allah’s Apostle but now there is
no longer any more (new
revelation). Now we judge you
by the deeds you practice
publicly, so we will trust and
favor the one who does good
deeds in front of us, and we will
not call him to account about
what he is really doing in secret,
for Allah will judge him for that;
but we will not trust or believe
the one who presents to us with
an evil deed even if he claims
that his intentions were good.
Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book
48, Number 809:
Even, we may leave our prayers
until after they have expired
because we fear being watched
or something happening to us
while we are praying. There is
no trust that Allah will protect us,
give us our risq or take care of
us. We have to learn to truly trust
Allah. Allah says,
When two parties from among
you had determined that they
should show cowardice and
Allah was the guardian of them
both, and in Allah should the
believers trust. 3:122
And
If Allah helps you, none can
overcome you: If He forsakes
you, who is there, after that, that
can help you? In Allah, then, Let
believers put their trust. 3:160
It does not matter what you do,
obey or disobey, the result will
be that you will receive what
Allah has ordained for you. You
can not add to it or subtract
from it. What you do is either
benefit yourself with the
blessings of obedience or harm
yourself with the fruits of your
disobedience. We have been told
that what is for us can’t miss us
and what is not for us can’t hit
us.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn
al-‘As: I heard Allah’s Apostle 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: Book
32, Number 6416:
We have to learn to trust that
Allah will take care of us when
we obey Him and that He will
withdrawal His Great Mercy
when we disobey. Every
morning the bird goes out to
seek the provision Allah has
given him, and every night he
comes home with it. Allah has
promised us our provision.
Umar Ibin Al Khattab narrated
that he heard Allah’s Messenger
say, “If you were to trust in Allah
genuinely, He would give you
provision as He does for the
birds which go out hungry in
the morning and come back full
in the evening. Tirmidhi and Ibin
Majah (sahih).
Also, we need to stop thinking
that having done a good where
things did not work out as we
expected would have turned out
differently if we had done the
wrong thing instead. Let us say
one of us goes to an interview
in hijab and then is denied the
job. To assume that it was
because of the hijab is wrong.
We have to remember that this
person can not keep Allah’s Qadr
from us. This interviewer can
not stop what Allah wants to
happen from happening.
Ibin Abass narrated that one day
he was riding behind Allah’s
Messenger and he said, “Young
man, if you are mindful of Allah,
He will be mindful of you, and if
you are mindful of Allah, you will
find Him before you. When you
ask for anything, ask it from
Allah, and if you seek help, seek
help in Allah. Know that if the
people were to unite to do you
some benefit, they could benefit
you only what Allah has
recorded for you, and if they
were to unite to do you some
injury, they could injure you only
with what Allah has recorded for
you. The pens are withdrawn
and the pages are dry. Ahmad
and Tirmidhi (sahih).
Also,
Narrated AbuHurayrah: Allah’s
Apostle said: A strong believer is
better and is more lovable to
Allah than a weak believer, and
there is good in everyone, (but)
cherish that which gives you
benefit (in the Hereafter) and
seek help from Allah and do not
lose heart, and if anything (in
the form of trouble) comes to
you, don’t say: If I had not done
that, it would not have
happened so and so, but say:
Allah did that what He had
ordained to do and your “if”
opens the (gate for the Satan.
Sahih Muslim: Book 32, Number
6441.
Also, we need to accept that not
getting the job was indeed best
for us.
Suhaib reported that Allah’s
Messenger said, “It is remarkable
that everything turns out well
for a believer while that applies
only to a believer. If happiness
befalls him, he gives thanks, and
it turns out well for him, and if
misfortune befalls him, he
shows endurance (patience) and
it turns out well for him. Sahih
Muslim
We need to stop thinking that
the key to the truth is only what
we can understand or what we
know. There is a point when we
have to submit, be Muslims and
say, labaik Allahuma Labaik. We
have to obey without fighting it
because we know that there is
Justice and Mercy in it, even
though we can not see it right
now. When the verse of hijab
was revealed, the ansar women
went and immediately covered
themselves.
Narrated Aisha, Ummul
Mu’minin: Safiyyah, daughter of
Shaybah, said that Aisha
mentioned the women of Ansar,
praised them and said good
words about them. She then
said: When Surat an-Nur came
down, they took the curtains,
tore them and made head
covers (veils) of them. Sunan Abu
Dawood: Book 32, Number 4089
They did not analyze it, or think
about how this is an oppression
for women or a humiliation or
anything of this sort, they
obeyed. When the verse
forbidding alcohol was revealed,
the companions literally spat it
out of their mouths. No arguing,
no questioning. They trusted
that Allah Knows Best. We need
to stop worshipping our minds
so much and start worshipping
Allah more. We need to stop
trusting our minds so much and
trust Allah more.
Trusting in Allah means that
when we hear a command, we
obey it. We recognize that we
are limited and that Allah has no
limits. He Knows what we do not
know. We do not try to explain
away the commands of Allah by
saying that it is for another time
or another people. We don not
say that what Allah has
commanded for us is
oppressive. We accept and obey.
This is faith and trust.
Narrated Imran ibn Husayn: The
Apostle of Allah said: Seventy
thousand people of my Ummah
would be admitted into Paradise
without rendering any account.
They (the companions) said:
Who would be those (fortunate
persons)? He (the Prophet) said:
Those who do not cauterise and
practise charm, but repose trust
in their Lord, Sahih Muslim: Book
1, Number 0422.
There is much reward in
trusting Allah , paradise. There is
sin in distrusting Him. We need
to stop relying on our desires
our minds our version of logic
and realize that Allah is the one
who Knows while we know not.
Allah is the Wise, and His
judgments are wise by default.
Allah is the Just and His verdicts
are Just by default. We can not
see everything in every issue as
Allah can, so why do we insist
on believing that our minds can
be trusted before or instead of
Allah?
I pray to You, O Allah , to make
us trust you and only you. May
you make us of the Trusting and
keep us from trusting or
worshipping our minds before
you. Ameen.
Source: The Message of Islam –
Shariffa Carlo

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