Tawakkul Comes Hand-in-Hand With A Sincere Heart

Ibn Jawzi rahimahullah said tawakkul is to return all matters to Allah s.w.t. with the utmost trust in His way of handling our affairs.

We know personally that what we do or choose for ourselves is good. But more than that, we must believe that Allah governs our affairs far more better and far more perfect than any of our carefully laid-out plan. It is only with this firm conviction that, after exerting all efforts and avenues, we can let go our affairs entirely to Allah alone, and accept any decision made by Allah with a sincere and open heart.

This is why tawakkul is not just about returning our affairs to Allah, but it must go hand-in-hand with a sincere heart. When there is something that we really, desperately want, something that we have tried so hard and prayed for countless times, but what Allah has decreed upon us is something different than what we have hoped for – ask ourselves, at that precise moment – would we accept His decree and be contented? Or would we reject it out of disappointment and despair?

If we reject and complain, then this is not tawakkul. It has no value. And this is where we often fail.

So it is critical that our tawakkul upon Allah is accompanied with the sincerity and contentment of the heart. Blessed is the one who has tawakkul, because even if he doesn’t get what he prays for, he is still pleased with the outcome due to the certainty that Allah’s decision is always, without a doubt, THE BEST. It’s not easy to resist our emotions when things don’t go as what we’ve hoped for, and this is why the reward of tawakkul upon Allah is Jannah.

Jannah needs to be earned. So pave your way to Jannah with tawakkul upon your Rabb.

Using Qadr As An Excuse?

“You always use ‘Qadr, Qadr, Qadr’ to put Muslims to sleep!”
“You’re being so impassive about this situation!”
“So you’re saying that we shouldn’t do anything about it??”

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, remember the hadith of when we are inflicted with calamity, we are taught to never say “If only I had done so and so, this would not have happened…” because the word ‘If’ will open the gate for Shaitan to enter and corrupt our iman. Rather, we are taught to say: Allah s.w.t. has decreed and whatever He will, He does. [1]

So we shall accept it.
But today and in the future – we’re going to do something about it.
This is the attitude that all Muslims should have.
And this is applicable not only in regard to the presidency of Donald Trump.
This is applicable in our daily lives.
There are people who are so accustomed to sins and laziness and blame their situation because of Qadr.
Islam doesn’t teach us to be lazy.
It doesn’t teach us to be complacent.
It doesn’t teach us to be idle, neglectful, procrastinate.
These are all weak excuses to run away from responsibilities.
Jangan salahkan Qadar sekiranya anda sendiri yang malas untuk berusaha.

We utilize our belief in the Qadr of Allah s.w.t. to find comfort in what has been inflicted upon us.
But we do not use this belief in the Qadr to justify our laziness.
For the present and the future – we MUST & SHOULD strive.
And this is part of tawakkul upon Allah s.w.t.

#WakeUp
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[1] Sunan Ibn Majah

Lifelong Iman Rush – Tip #10 Turn Tests Into Opportunities

In life, we experience something amazing that makes us feel compelled to come closer to Allah, where we feel a sense of iman-rush. But after a while, dunya gets to us and our reality check makes us feel that we cannot be spiritual consistently. Here’s a tip on how to remain consistently on the path towards the pleasure of Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here 📌

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Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said,
“Verily, the people have gathered against you (a great army), therefore fear them.”
But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said:
“Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.”

[Ali Imran 3:173]

In this ayah, the hypocrites were saying that the disbelievers were going to oppress and kill the believers –  in order to frighten the believers. But instead of being afraid, it only increased the believers in their iman. The believers turned this test into an opportunity to strengthen their faith by seeking the help and trust in Allah s.w.t. Consider the following hadith:

Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
“Sufficient for you among the women of mankind are
Maryam bint ‘Imran,
Khadijah bint Khuwailid,
Fatimah bint Muhammad
and Asiyah the wife of Fir’aun.”
[Tirmidhi]

If we ponder on the stories of these 4 women who perfected their faith, the NUMBER ONE lesson that we learn from them is that they have full and complete tawakkul in Allah. Think about it:

Did Maryam’s tawakkul get stronger before her pregnancy, or after?

When tested with boycott by her own people, did Khadijah’s iman get stronger or weaker?

After Khadijah died, Fatima was Rasulallah’s (s.a.w.) only sole supporter for some time – and during those times and the times to come, did her iman get stronger or weaker?

And when Fir’aun severely tortured Asiyah, did it only strengthen her iman, or weaken it?

All these 4 great women were defined by the same theme:
Tawakkul.
Every test increased them in faith.

Yes, pain and suffering can become negative if we allow them to become barriers between us and Allah. But they can become great motivation if we use them to propel us back to Him. This is one of the wisdoms of trials and tribulations – they force us to turn back to Allah, humbled. Maybe we have been heedless all this while – so Allah s.w.t. sends trials to jolt us out from our spiritually-neglectful state. Maybe Allah wants to raise our status:

“If Allah wants to do good to somebody,
He afflicts him with trials.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

“When Allah has decreed for a servant a rank which he has not attained by his action,
He (Allah s.w.t.) afflicts him in his body, or his property or his children. 
He then enables him to endure that. So that He may bring him to the rank decreed from him by Allah.”
[Sunan Abi Dawood]

“When Allah wants good for his slave, He hastens his punishment in the world.
And when He wants bad for His slave, He withholds his sins from him until he appears before Him on the Day of Judgement (with those sins).”
[Sunan At-Tirmidhi]

 If we are undergoing a test or calamity, then it is upon us to be patient and remain steadfast on the truth for Rasulallah s.a.w. said in the same hadith:

“Indeed greater reward comes with greater trial.
And indeed, when Allah loves a people He subjects them to trials; so whoever is content then for him is pleasure, and whoever is discontent then for him is wrath.”
[Sunan At-Tirmidhi]

Therefore when something happen, don’t allow ourself to be weak. Take that test as an opportunity to strengthen our faith, and say: “Alhamdulillah, I recognize that Allah is testing me, and insya Allah I will be patient.” Know that our Rabb will give us something better than what we have missed or lost if we are patient. This is a beautiful quote that aptly explains this tip:

“I swear by The Rabb of the Heavens and the Earth and all that which lies between, that there is a great blessing and sweetness in the tests which afflict the believer. If you truly say that you believe in Allah ta’ala, then be ready to face difficulty and walk in the shoes of those which Allah has already tested prior to us and has promised them Paradise.
What makes a test so sweet is the fact that there is so much reward in it
despite the great difficulty involved. You are forced to call upon Allah, remember Him and stay patient. You are forced to raise your hands high and cry in sujood to none but Allah. This is one of the greatest blessings and honour given to us by Allah. Alhamdulillah.”

[Al-Kahf 18:10] Al-Kahf Challenge (10/20)

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(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge to the Cave, they said:
“Our Rabb! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!”
[Al-Kahf 18:10]

For the full article, word analysis and mp3 of the Ayah:
http://www.theidealmuslimah.com/2015/04/23/al-kahf-challenge-verse-10-memorize-learn-tafsir/

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11 | Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21

Allah tells us about these youths who fled from their people for the sake of their religion, abandoning their family, friends, land and wealth out of fear of trials and persecution.

To preserve our religion, it is required for us to flee (hijrah) if necessary. Unfortunately nowadays, we see many who do hijrah from the land of Islam to western lands merely for material gains. This is prohibited by the scholars. The Sunnah of the Prophets and the righteous is making hijrah for the sake of Islam, not for dunya.

Similarly, never compromise when it comes to protecting our imaan & Deen, even if it means having to change our circle of friends who want to take our Religion away. Find good company who will become protective friends until Jannah instead.

Another important lesson from this Ayah is that these youths combined 2 things:
Effort (i.e. they fled from persecution and hid in a suitable place) WITH supplication to Allah (they knew that there is no guarantee that the cave will protect them, so they turned to Allah s.w.t.)

The formula is therefore:
Effort + Trust in Allah.
This trust after making effort is called tawakkul.

References: Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer and Dr Bilal Philips & Mufti Menk’s lecture

[Yusuf 12:101] Everyone Will Leave You – Except Allah

“The (Only) Originator [Fatir] of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali in this world and in the Hereafter…” [Yusuf 12:101]

We normally think the word ‘creator’ precedes everything when it comes to creation, but the word [Fatir] comes in even before creation starts – it’s when the plans are still in the works. When Yusuf a.s. made this du’a, he recognizes that Allah s.w.t. does not only create everything in divine wisdom, but even the PLANNING before the creation is also in His divine wisdom. Yusuf a.s. acknowledges his trust in Allah in this du’a, that throughout this entire roller-coaster time he was enduring, he knows that Allah KNOWS what He’s doing. Then he a.s. said:

“You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, God) in this life and the next.”

Everyone and everything, at one point in his life, was taken away. It is as though he a.s. is saying: my beloved father and family were taken away from me, I was sold as a slave, and I was thrown into the prison for a crime I did not commit – literally everything was taken away from me – but You, ya Rabb, You were always there.

Look at the life of Rasulallah s.a.w. He s.a.w. was born when his father was already gone. Then his mother died when he was 6, his grandfather died when he was 8, his uncle who took care of him died as well. And then his wife, Khadijah r.a., who was the last person he had at that point of time died 3 days after that.
Everyone was taken away from him s.a.w.
Why?
So that he s.a.w. could be dependent physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually only on Allah s.w.t. alone.

If our hearts are tied to anyone else, we will be broken. Everyone will eventually be taken away one day. This is the reality. Putting our total dependence on anything other than Allah s.w.t. is like hanging from a twig. And twigs are never meant to carry us. So do not let your definition of success, failure or self worth be anything other than your position with Allah. If you do this, you will become unbreakable. Because the Originator of the heavens and the earth, in whom we place our trust and reliance, is unbreakable.

The Ultimate Seclusion from the Outside Storm

Most of the time, the ocean of the dunya hits us, where we constantly find ourselves thinking of that stressful project we’re working on, of that problem with family or friends, of that particular work that went wrong. But at least 5 times a day, you’re allowed to forget all of those problems. You’re allowed to give yourself a break. Not only that, you are REQUIRED to forget everything. Except the One that you’re standing for.

Truly that is indeed a blessing.

Remember that Allah s.w.t. is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider, the Constant Giver of gifts. Remember that everything that had happened, has happened and will happen are all the simple results of Allah’s [كُن فَيَكُونُ]. Then in that same sentiment, what makes us think that our simple problem cannot be solved by the King of all kings?

So cherish when you enter solah, it’s not a burden. It’s our seclusion that gives tremendous tranquility from the outside storm.

The Strongest

“The water didn’t drown Musa a.s. as an infant, while he couldn’t be in any weaker state.
Yet the water drowned the King Pharaoh, while he was in his most powerful state.
Thus whoever is with Allah, his weakness will not be to their detriment.
And whoever isn’t with Allah, then his strength will not benefit him in any way.
Be with Allah, you will be the strongest.”