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I was thinking the other day, my dears, about how most of us never think too much about what trust really is. We go about our lives expecting to be safe from harm, to be protected from hurt, to be sheltered from life’s storms. But who actually has our trust? And who really deserves it the most?


The Meaning of Reliance (Tawakkul) on Allaah

Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan
Haqeeqat-ut-Tawakkul ‘alaAllaah (pg. 7-14)
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Previously, The Meaning of Reliance on Allaah, part 1

Relying upon Allaah is from the actions of the heart – so it is an act of worship of the heart. Therefore, putting one’s trust in Allaah is not to be done with one’s limbs and body parts. Rather, it is found in the heart, just like fear (khawf), awe (khashyah), longing (raghbah), dreading (rahbah) and dutifulness (taqwaa) of Allaah – all of these are acts of worship of the heart.

The position of tawakkul (reliance on Allaah) is as some of the scholars have stated: “The position of tawakkul in the Religion is like that of the head on a body.” 

So a person who does not have tawakkul does not have Religion, just like a body that has no head. It is well known that if a body is missing its head, it will cease to live. This is the same case with the Religion – if it lacks tawakkul, it lacks correctness – meaning that one will not have a correct religion.

Therefore, relying on Allaah has a great standing amongst the stations of servitude to Allaah. Allaah uses it to distinguish His believing servants from everyone else. So whoever doesn’t put his trust in Allaah at all is a disbeliever. And whoever puts his trust in Allaah and also on others besides Allaah (at the same time) is a polytheist. And as for the one who puts his trust in Allaah alone – he is a monotheistic believer whom Allaah loves and whose actions and statements He is pleased with. This is since he has established his actions and statements upon a correct foundation.

Journal Assignment

Write one benefit you gained from this week’s reading. And here are several questions to further explore in your journal.

  1. What is Allah’s response and stance to the one who puts her trust in Allah?
  2. What does it mean to put your trust in Allah alone?
  3. Where does tawakkul occur in the body?
  4. What is the definition of a polytheist in the area of tawakkul?
  5. How does a person have correct religion?
  6. What does Allah use tawakkul to determine?
  7. How does a person put her trust in Allah and others? And what is wrong with this?