In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
When it comes to proving our faith to ourselves and to Allah, there’s no better way of doing it than by placing our trust in Allah… Or as Aisha (RA) says:
…“I swear by Allah, none of you can be a true believer until his trust in Allah is stronger than that which he sees and has in the palm of his hands.
[The whole hadith is told in the video posted below.]
This is a beautiful hadith which illustrates the importance and the result in submitting fully to Allah and relying on Him, rather than our own ability. At the end of the day, that’s all Allah really wants from us… Just to rely on Him, ask from Him, please Him, etc.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
…Whoever has taqwa of Allah – He will give him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect. Whoever puts his trust in Allah – He will be enough for him. Allah always achieves His aim. [Qur’an 65: 2-3]
The Messenger (PBUH) spoke to this topic wonderfully in the following hadith:
Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported that a person asked Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “Should I tie my camel and have Tawakkul (trust in Allah for her protection) or should I leave her untied and have Tawakkul.” Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Tie her and have Tawakkul.” (Hasan) [Jami At-Tirmidhi]
The Prophet (PBUH) tells us that we have to first do our best when it comes to a matter (tie your camel) and then rely on Allah to give us the best outcome. In either case, it is on us to do what’s pleasing to Allah in any matter and try our best… As for the outcome, that’s up to Allah.
Once we prove, to Allah that we entirely rely on Him during all of our affairs, His help will arrive. Until then, we will struggle to attain this dunya on our own. When we turn our backs to it, and go towards Allah, this dunya will kneel down to us, Insh’Allah.
May Allah guide us and our loved ones to the straight path!