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Striving and Entrusting One’s Soul to Allah

Allah Almighty commanded us to trust in him. Trust in Allah, the Exalted is the characteristic of the true servant. This is what Allah (SWA) ordered his Prophets, and believers in Quran and Hadith as well. 

What does entrusting one’s soul to Allah mean?

is the sincerity of the dependence of the Muslim’s heart on Allah, (SWA) in seeking interests, warding off harm from all matters in this world and the Hereafter, and entrusting all His affairs to Him. The firm belief that only Allah who gives, and only Allah who prevents, only Allah who benefits or harm, and no one else. Saeed bin Jubair says: (Trust is the group of faith), and Wahb bin Munabbih said: The ultimate goal of the believer is entrusting Allah. Al-Hassan said: The meaning of “the servant’s Entrusting Allah”: is that the servant knows that Allah is his trust. 

Trust in Allah is obvious evidence of the servant’s true faith and goodness of the heart.

Ibn Battal said: “entrusting one’s soul to Allah is the ultimate trust in Him (SWA), surrender to His commands, and the certainty that Allah’s Devine decree is what is going to happen, no matter what.” Allah (SWA) says: “And rely upon the Ever-Living who does not die and exalt [ Allah ] with His praise. And sufficient is He to be, with the sins of His servants, Acquainted. And says “And put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful. In other words, ‘in all your affairs, for He is your Helper, Protector, and Supporter. Above all, he is the One Who will cause you to prevail and will make your word supreme.

Achieve Trust in Allah: 

Many things that a Muslim servant did would fulfill his trust in Allah (SWA), including:

  • Keeping away from the sins that cause Allah’s wrath. The servant, who is sinning contradicts the concept of trust in Allah (SWA). Allah says: “And take provisions (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa”
  • Muslims achieve trust in Allah when the Muslim beliefs that what Allah (SWA) wrote is valid. What Allah (SWA)  decreed for him is the best. Allah says: “Say: “Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our protector”: and on Allah let the Believers put their trust”
  • The realization of trust does not contradict the pursuit and the adoption of the causes, which Allah (SWA), has predestined. The Sunnah of Allah in His creation. Allah says “Believers, take your precautions, and says “Muster against them whatever you are able of force and tethers (ropes) of horses”.  Allah says in Surat Al-Gomaa “And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful”
  • However, many Muslims neglect their trust in Allah (SWA) and stand up to the apparent reasons surrounding them. Pother themselves by taking the causes, and strive hard with the goal of diligence. With all of this only what Allah has written and decreed for them will happen. Even if they are in addition to taking the reasons they have achieved trust in Allah (SWA) with their hearts. Allah drives their Rizk to them, with the lightest and the smallest reason. Just as birds.

Therefore, the Muslim must remember two things:

There is no contradiction between trust in Allah, and adopting methods to reach an end. The Muslim must adopt the causes, even if he thinks that they are weak or have no effect on him. For example, what happened with Mariem or known as Mary, peace be upon her. When Allah (SWA) wanted to feed her, He commanded her to shake the date tree. So she took the reasons despite her weakness.

Mu’adh bin Jabal reported: I was riding with the Prophet on a donkey. Then, and he said, “O Mu’adh, do you know what is the right of Allah upon His slaves. What is the Right of His slaves upon Allah?” I said: “Allah and His Messenger know better”. Upon this, the Messenger of Allah said: “Allah’s Right upon His slaves is that they ‎should worship Him Alone. Associate nothing with Him and His slaves’ right upon Him ‎is that He should not punish who does not associate a thing with Him.” Mu’adh added: I said to the Messenger of Allah: “Shall I give the glad tidings to people?” After that, He (ﷺ) said: “Do not tell them this good news for they will depend on it alone”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Not relying fundamentally and conclusively on the causes only. The Muslim relies on the beginning and the end on Allah (SWA). While taking the causes, as (Allah values matters with their causes).

Trust in Allah brings sustenance

Trust in Allah brings a lot of sustenance to the Muslim. A Muslim knows that nothing harms or benefits him but Allah and nothing gives or prevents but Allah. Umar, one of the finest prophet companions, said: I heard Messenger of Allah saying: “If you all depend on Allah with due reliance, Allah would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with a full belly at dusk”. This hadith is considered one of the bases in Al-Tawakkul.

Conclusion

If the Muslim achieved piety, and trust, and took the causes in all his affairs and matters. All his life in this world and the hereafter are easily achieved for him. Many Muslims have resigned themselves to the will of Allah. As a result, Allah sufficed what they wanted.