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It is important to one’s moral health and stability of character to know who to worship and why, and who not to worship and why.  This is vital information to pass on to your children so that they will be stable individuals and productive members of society. Enjoy this week’s reading.


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 2

So what is the meaning of this tawakkul (reliance on Allaah), which holds such importance and high position in the Religion?

The Meaning of Reliance (Tawakkul) on Allaah

Tawakkul on Allaah means: Entrusting one’s affairs to Him and relying on Him in all matters. Entrusting one’s affairs to Allaah entails not turning to someone else for support.

So reliance (tawakkul) upon Allaah can be with regard to matters of Creed, such that the servant’s heart does not turn to anyone else besides Allaah. Therefore, he is always putting his reliance in Allaah, entrusting all of his affairs to Him.

The pagans did not fall into polytheism and disbelief except due to the fact that they put their reliance in other than Allaah, entrusted their affairs to other than Him, and believed in their hearts that someone besides Allaah was able to grant their requests, alleviate their worries and repel harms from them.

So they relied on statues, idols, trees, stones, graves, shrines and the deceased.

They put their trust in created beings to grant them things that only Allaah could do. So they began to ask them for help, offer sacrifices to them, make oaths to them, and direct various forms of worship to them. This is since they have relied on them apart from Allaah, thinking that they have the power to benefit them, harm them or grant their requests.

Due to this, when they put their reliance in other than Allaah and directed their beliefs and worship to other than Him, they disbelieved in Him [Allah].

Journal Assignment

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

  1. Look up the word “polytheist” in a dictionary. What does it mean?
  2. Where in the body does belief happen?
  3. What is tawakkul on Allah?
  4. What do pagans do that leads them to polytheism and disbelief?
  5. How does a polytheist make something into an object of worship?
  6. What do polytheists believe about their gods?
  7. List seven things that polytheists rely on to help them.
  8. Why is tawakkul on other than Allah dangerous?