What is tawakkul? Perfect guide on Tawakkul

Tawakkul is the sincere dependence of the heart on Allah, trusting in Him for the fulfillment of benefits and protection from harm in worldly matters and the Hereafter.

Trusting Allah is something your heart does. It’s a kind of worship that happens inside you, not with your body parts like hands or legs. Just like how fear is in the heart, Tawakkul on Allah is, too.

And those who know the skill of Tawakkul must have seen the Mojiza’s “miracle” in their life from the Almighty Allah. What I mean is trusting in the plan of Allah comes with a lot of patience and secret lamentations (a sentiment that is only heard by Allah).

The Prophet of God [s] stated, “To become the most powerful person among people, one must place their trust in God.”

Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 15

When someone gains this level of Tawakkul, the Almighty lifts the curtains from his eye and starts showing him the miracles in every small thing in his life. Because Tawakkul can not be obtained without having taqwa (God-consciousness, mindful reverence in all actions and choices)

So when you start refraining from forbidden acts for Allah’s sake, He “Al-Wadud” starts showing his majesty in every minute detail of your life. And that will be the time in your life when your love for Allah will be as high as seven heavens, Inshallah.

What is Tawakkul? Meaning of Tawakkul

Tawakkul” (تَوَكُّل) is an Arabic word that can be translated into English as “reliance,” “trust,” or “dependence.

Tawakkul means depending on, learning from, relying on, trusting, or counting on Allah for help. Tawakkul on Allah is like trusting and depending on Him for everything. It means giving all our concerns to Allah and not looking for help from anyone else.

So, for my Muslim brothers and sisters, those of you who do not have Tawakkul on Allah do not have correct deen. Uttering shahada and not practicing the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad is like a body without a head.

And we all know when a body loses its head, it loses its life. Similarly, it is not the correct practice when you do not rely on Allah and depend upon somebody else.

Likewise, when your Deen loses Tawakkul on Allah, it loses the soundness of Islam and cannot be a correct deen.

Dua for tawakkul

فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ٥

إِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًۭا ٦

Fa inna ma’al usri yusra. Inna ma’al ‘usri yusra

For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.

Ash-Sharh Verse 5-6

Importance of Tawakkul in Islam

Islam is a religion of knowledge and wisdom. What we do reflects how we think, and our thoughts show who we are. Trusting Allah isn’t just believing; it means we depend on Him for everything.

We do not need to be ignorant; instead, we need to reflect and think carefully about where we are going regarding our thoughts and efforts.

Allah has promised sustenance, and the Quran has already mentioned that we will be tested with the loss of property, food, and loved ones.

Therefore, it is essential for us to contemplate and make an effort, keeping in mind these promises and tests.

Polytheists who didn’t believe in Allah made a mistake. Instead of trusting and depending on Allah, they put their trust in things like statues, trees, and even the dead.

They thought these things could help them and keep them safe. They did rituals and worshiped these things, thinking it would fulfill their needs.

But the truth is, only Allah can truly help and protect us. By relying on these other things, they turned away from Allah, which is a big mistake.

And upon Allah rely, if you should be believers. (Surah Al-Maidah verse 23)

The wise scholars teach us that when we say “in Allah,” we should rely only on Him and nothing else. So, we should place our trust (Tawakkul) in Allah and not in anything or anyone else.

Allah specifically restricted our trust to Him alone, saying, “Put your trust if you are believers indeed.” This shows that a key sign of faith and oneness is having complete trust in Allah.

Understanding Tawakkul

We should be logical too. Trusting Allah doesn’t mean just sitting and waiting. We need to do our part too. We trust Allah and must work hard to achieve our goals, like when we look for things we need.

We should be logical too. Trusting Allah doesn’t mean just sitting and waiting. We need to do our part too. We trust Allah and must work hard to achieve our goals, like when we look for things we need.

A believer needs to find the right balance when trusting Allah. They shouldn’t go to the extreme of thinking, “It doesn’t matter what I do; Allah will make it happen.” That’s not the right way to trust Allah. We should do our best and trust Allah’s plan will work out.

Tawakkul vs Tafweez: Differentiating concepts

Trusting Allah (Tawakkul) means we do our best and then trust Allah to take care of the rest. Leaving things to Him (Tafweez) means we rely on Allah’s wisdom and guidance. It’s like doing our part and letting Allah handle the bigger picture.

The role of Tawakkul in daily life

Ibn Al-Qayyim said that if we trust Allah the way we should, we could even move a mountain if told to. So, for us Muslims, trusting Allah is not just a good idea for some things; it’s a religious duty we should take seriously.

Foundations of tawakkul

To trust Allah more, my dear brothers and sisters, start by using your mind to decide things and act upon them with full knowledge, which must be based upon the Quran and Sunnah carefully.

And then think about the result of your selfish desires by considering what you want for yourself. This way, you would know the outcome of your action, and once you know it, it will be easier for you to act upon it.

Think about what you want for yourself. This way, you’ll determine what Allah is giving you and what you’re running after.

Challenges to tawakkul

The challenge to acquiring Takkaful is our love for this Duniya “Worldly desires,” though there’s nothing wrong with it. But nothing is good in this if we do not have Tawakkul and sounding knowledge of Islam because those who came before us strive for this world and what they took with them except their deeds.

Similarly, those who came before us strive for the knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah. What do they lose except this world?

The challenge ceases to be a challenge anymore when a person resolves to acquire the knowledge that brings them closer to Allah. Then, a realization begins to dawn upon you, a connection building between you and the Almighty.

In this connection, there is so much strength and affection that you effortlessly overcome every difficulty as you continue to move forward.

  1. Fear of the Unknown: Trusting in Allah is hard when things are unsure. But if you wait, you’ll see what amazing things Allah has for you. Just be patient, and you’ll understand.
  2. Impatience: When you begin your journey towards Allah, Satan will try to distract you by comparing you with others, or he will use all his evil tactics, but in the end, it is your choices that will make the difference, which must be based upon the teachings and sunnah of Quran.
  3. Overthinking: Constantly analyzing situations and controlling everything may obstruct relying on Allah. 
  4. Dependency on Material Means: Depending solely on material resources and neglecting trust in Allah is a common challenge.
  5. Peer Pressure: Social expectations and opinions may sway individuals from relying solely on Allah.
  6. Doubt and Insecurity: Moments of doubt or insecurity may make it hard to trust that Allah’s plan is unfolding perfectly.
  7. Self-Reliance: It’s challenging to let go of self-reliance and acknowledge that ultimate control lies with Allah.
  8. Past Experiences: Negative past experiences may create hesitancy in trusting Allah fully.
  9. Desire for Instant Gratification: The desire for immediate results may conflict with the patience (Dua for patience) required for Tawakkul.
  10. Distractions and Neglect: Busy lifestyles and distractions can lead to neglect of spiritual practices and reliance on Allah.

Tawakkul quotes

“The heart at peace is the one that trusts Allah despite the chaos of the world.”

“Tawakkul is not the absence of challenges but the presence of unwavering faith.”

“To trust in Allah is to embark on a journey where every step is guided by divine wisdom.”

“True Tawakkul is a balance between striving for excellence and surrendering to Allah’s will.”

“The strongest bond is the one between the servant and Allah, forged through unwavering trust.”

Tawakkul in Allah Quote

Tawakkul in Allah Quote

Tawakkul in Allah Quote

Conclusion

Tawakkul on Allah is the most excellent form of worship; without it, our Iman (faith) is weak. Trust completely in Allah. Put your heart’s reliance on Him. Know for sure that nothing happens in the sky or on Earth without His say-so.

Also, do what you can to make things happen, but don’t trust your efforts alone. Believe that Allah’s permission is needed for anything to work.

That’s the true trust Allah wants from us. Believing in Allah with all your heart brings great results, beyond what you can think.

You’ll be amazed when His plans work out for you. It’s like getting what you want, but in His special way.

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  • Arish Husain

    Assalam Alaikum beautiful people! someone who loves Prophet Muhammad and his family a lot. I like finding new ways to teach important stuff, so everyone can understand what Allah wants from us and His plans. We learn to listen for whispers from Allah, understand big plans, get ready for whatever Allah has for us, and try our best. I hope Allah's blessings guide us on this special journey.Allah hu Akbar!

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