‘Tawakkul’: Trust and Reliance Only in Allah
When we have Tawakkul (trust and reliance only on Allah), it is incredibly beneficial for us. It helps us to remove stresses and worries from our minds as we remind ourselves that indeed, Allah has power over all things. Undeniably, He alone knows what is best for us. It is only when we have relied upon Him that we will find peace and contentment. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out, And will provide for him from where he does not expect. 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.” (Qur’an 65:2-3)
We learn from the Prophets (AS) and companions about the significance of Tawakkul. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Abbas reported: Abraham, upon him be peace, said when he was thrown into the fire, “Allah is enough for us, and excellent is he as the guardian,” and it was likewise said by Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, when they said, “Verily, the people have gathered against you, so fear them. It only increased their faith and they said: Allah is enough for us, and excellent is he as the guardian.” [3:173] (Sahih Bukhari)
This shows us the way Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Prophet Ibrahim (AS) relied completely on Allah. They declared that Allah is sufficient for them.
In another hadith, we learn that that while Abu Bakr (RA) and the Prophet (SAW) were in the cave fleeing to Madinah, Abu Bakr (RA) reported:
“While we were in the cave fleeing to Medina, I said to the Prophet, ‘If one of them were to look down, they would see us under their feet!’ The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘O Abu Bakr, what do you think of two with whom Allah is the third?’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
This shows us that the Prophet (SAW) placed his complete trust in Allah, regardless of the situation he was in.
We read in a hadith that the Prophet (SAW) would bid farewell by also mentioning Tawakkul. Salim reported:
“Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, would say to a man if he intended to travel, ‘I bid you farewell as the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would bid farewell. The Prophet would say: I leave you under the protection of Allah in your religion, your trusts, and your final deeds.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
In another hadith, we read about how the Prophet (SAW) supplicated to Allah:
Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say, “O Allah, I have surrendered to you and I have faith in you. I trust in you and I have turned to you. I have contested my opponents for your sake. O Allah, I seek refuge in your power from going astray, for there is no God but you. You are the Living who never dies, while the jinn and humans die.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
We learn from this that the Prophet (SAW) had complete faith in Allah. May Allah reward us for the trust we place in Him, and may He help us out of any feelings of despair. Aameen. Indeed, Allah is Al-Hafeez (The Guardian).