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Do we trust Allah?

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem

Bismillahi Tawwakaltu   AlAllah

Salam Alikum WRBT…

Today, during dhuhur salah, my heart felt a little at unrest. I thought to myself, maybe it’s cause I didn’t get enough sleep? Then I started thinking about this and that. Then I came home and thought I’d sleep for some time, catch up on some sleep … But there were all thoughts coming to me, oh did I do the report I was supposed to do? How am I gonna make the big move? I have all these classes I need to take etc …

Then I thought to myself, these thoughts  are nothing but a reflection of the status of my heart .. I always remembered being at a state of peace after listening to speeches by the beloved doctor of the Qulub, Moktar Maghrouhy. I happened to stumble upon a folder called “Tawwakul”, so I dimmed the lights, put the lecture on.

And I have to tell you, I’m half way through and it was quite a wake up call. So thought I might share what I’ve learned so far (in my own words of course 🙂  ..

We say “Bismillahi Tawakaltu Allallah” now and then cause for a lot of us, our mommy told us to say so but have we really pondered on what it means? “In the name of Allah, I put my ‘Trust’ in Allah.” The word Tawakkul is derived from the word Vakeel, which a lot of us from the sub continent might be familiar with.. also used for “Lawyer” in Arabic. Now, what does the lawyer tell us when we keep bombarding him with questions? Don’t worry about it, it is my headache, you paid me to do this .. just go home and sleep. So we are basically putting our trust in the lawyer to handle that affair for us, so he or she is our vakeel for that one thing.

Allah Azzawajal is the disposer of all affairs! He is controlling the dynamic complex universes, galaxies, solar systems to the minutest of affairs such as an ant climbing a wall. So when we put our trust in Allah subhana watalaa, the creator and sustainer of everything, we can most definitely sit back and relax. Worry, anxiety, fear etc. etc., are a product of lack of that complete trust in Allah. And ofcourse, it is a station, the station or makam of complete trust a few can achieve, the prophets .. But their level was just mind blowing ..

When Nimrod, the evil king, had ordered that Ibrahim (PBUH) be thrown into the fire, a live raging fire, Jibreel (AS) came to him and asked him, can I do anything for you? What would you have said? What would any person, who we assume to be logical, would have said? This is what Ibrahim, the Khaleel (closest friend) of Allah, told him: “From you, nothing!”. Meaning his heart was attached to nothing created, and only to the Creator. He put his complete trust in Allah and Allah alone and this was apparent in his response to Jibreel! And we all know Allah took care of him for his unwavering trust by making the fire cold and not affecting Ibrahim PBUH.

The lesson the  Shaik shared that a couple of things cause us to loosen that bond of trust we place in our Creator.

a) Lack of Knowledge: About the attributes of our Lord, what his capabilities are. If we don’t know his strength and powers and his attributes describe in the Quran, how can we know that He will help us with this big debt over our head or help us find that wife or husband we’re searching for the past 7 years or make sure our child returns home safe? How can you trust the lawyer if you didn’t know that he had won 95% of all his previous cases including the one against McDonalds?

b) Attachment to the Self (Nafs): As we discussed in the previous blog, the self or the nafs is what prompts us to do evil or act on our wrong desires such as indulging in over eating or going after our lusts etc. When we haven’t mastered our control over these base desires, then these things fill up our hearts and complete trust in Allah does not enter our hearts.

One simple way to overcome these obstacles may be to learn more about the wonderful attributes of our Lord. The best place would be to start with the Quran. We can study the attributes / names of Allah and reflect upon them .. What does Al Hayyul Qayyum mean? Al Malik Ul Mulk, Ajjabbar, etc mean? We can reflect on his creation.. maybe – Look at the sky on a clear night? Who is holding all those stars together? How does it all work? Look at the mountains, the sea, the animals, plants. I mean really “look” with deep reflection at the magnificence of its Creator. Read a big on biology, astronomy or since we’re all busy, look at a few documentaries on National Geography ..Go to an Imax theater and watch a show on these .. These may be good start for us to start appreciating the magnificence of our creator and developing our trust in His capabilities.

About part dealing with gaining mastery over our self and base desires … Will discuss this in more details and share some videos on this a little later, InshaAllah .. But for now, it’s about undressing and dressing (not in the literal sense ofcourse :P) It involves undressing a bad characteristics we may have and dressing with a good characteristic so that we start climbing the ladder from Nafs al Awwama to Nafs Al MutmaInnah. (Ofcourse all of this advice is for me first and then others).  It involves honestly reflecting on our weak points and coming up with a plan. It involves developing “Taqwa” or fear of Allah, when we’re about to commit a sin, remembering that Allah is watching us and refraining from it. Or, when we do make mistakes as every son of Adam makes mistake, turning back to Allah and repenting profusely as Allah has created us to repent to him .. Identifying the characteristics of a hypocrite muslim as defined in the Quran and Sunnah, and seeing if we possess any of these characteristics .. And doing our best to eliminate them ASAP, as I’m sure I as well as any of you might not want to be a hypocrite or possess any characteristics of a hypocrite when we are summoned before our Lord on that day when we’re held accountable .. .

Alright, this article turned out to be a little longer than I intended, but Alhumdlillah .. I pray that Allah Azzawajal helps us become sincere muslims, who place their Tawwakaltu Allallah and develop the peace and tranquility in our hearts, and become of those who face Allah with a Qalbun Saleem (Sound Heart) on that awesome day.

I can’t find the exact audio clip I was listening to, but I found a related lecture by Shaik Moktar …

Jazak Allah Khair.

  1. December 7, 2009 at 8:15 am

    As salaamu alaikum Brother Nihaal,

    Rightly jotted down whatever was going on in my mind since a few days… Indeed this serves as a Reminder…

    Subhanallah, Keep up the good work. More to see from you.

    Jazaak Allahu Khairan

    • December 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

      Jazak allah Khair brother! I had to reread it today as well, to get back the focus 🙂

      InshaAllah, will dry to jot down some more this weekend … Hope all is well on your end.

  2. shortermarvin
    September 1, 2010 at 1:30 am

    “Allah” the one Lord God that is in all bibles promise the African-Americans who are the Israelites and Egyptians (Muslims) in making a sacrifice exalting Him over the Universe. He will exalt us over the United Nations. “Allah” please except this covenant: The Israelites Exalted Prophecy of Korah (Cf. Numbers xvi.)was one of Moses’ people. To “Allah” alone is true worship due. He alone is worthy of exalting to the highest highs of glory, honor and praise. Lord God, we submit this seeking Your mercy. Black people, can you not see that the white Christians and Jews are pretending to be us in the Holy Bible, the Hebrew Bible, the King James & others, the faithful servants of Lord God.

  3. kamal
    September 11, 2010 at 11:39 am


    • September 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Jazak Allah Khair akhee. May Allah forgive us. Ameen. Remember me in your duas.

  4. Marvin Shorter, Jr,
    December 10, 2010 at 5:10 am

    People, who is it that protects all, and against Him there is no protect. Say: God. So will you not worship Him then?
    Fear “Allah Almighty God” the World Greatest Most High Exalted Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Who will destroy all countries & nations that will not worship Him only showing Superior {Power & Strength} the All-powerful Lord God? Who has no son name (Jesus) or no wife name (Mary). And it is a sin to say so. Will you not take heed? To Allah alone is true worship due. He alone is worthy of exalting to the highest highs of glory, honor and praise. It is “Allah” who warns you all before destruction (to repent) and fear His exalted (Power). Or be destroy by Him with: Fires and Smoke, Winds, Thunderstorms and Flooding, Mud, Snow and Hailstorms, Earthquakes, Tornadoes & Hurricanes and many others destruction by Lord God. Allah, let misery and misfortune falls on those that will not worship Him only.

  5. Marvin Shorter, Jr,
    December 10, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Allah, we have fallen short of Your glory & Your praise. Deceiving our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. Not to glorify Your peace or Your mercy. But to kill people in the name of Terror, for world domination. To take down Your exaltedness. Now we are standing before You, (In Shame). Say: Lord, I once was a child. And I did childish things. Deceive into worshiping Jesus, and not You. Now I am a man. And I put those childish things behind me worshiping You only. Who has no son? In all humbleness we call upon Your exalted name. Saying: Please forgive us, Allah: California, Utah, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Minnesota, Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada, North & South Carolina, Kansas, Maine, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Nebraska, Indiana, Alabama, Montana, Kentucky, Wyoming, Oklahoma, North & South Dakota, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, New York, Georgia, Arizona and many others countries.

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