Faith And Trust In Allah
THE Holy Qur’an says: “If Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things. And He is the Irresistible (Supreme) above His slaves, and He is the All-Wise, Well-Acquainted with all things.” (6:17-18)
We must have strong and deep faith and trust in Allah. Allah knows everything and He is with us wherever we are. He has power and might. He is Wise and Merciful. We should trust in Allah in all situations, whether happy or sad, whether successful or confronted with difficulties and problems.
Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “I was (once) behind the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when he said to me, ‘Boy, I teach you (a few) words: Remember Allah, and He will protect you. Remember Allah – observing His commands and avoiding His prohibitions -, and you will find Him close to you. When you have to ask for something, ask of Allah. When you seek help, seek Allah’s help. Believe firmly that if all the creation desires to benefit you in anything, they can never benefit you, but that which Allah has decreed for you. If they all unite to harm you, they will not be able to harm you in anything, but that which Allah has decreed for you.” (At-Tirmidhi)
These are important words. They are part of our faith as Muslims. We believe in one God. We are the people of Tawheed (monotheism). Tawheed affects our lives, our personalities, and our behavior. It gives us the following:
Dignity And Self-Esteem
A believer in Tawheed knows that Allah alone is the possessor of all power and none besides Him can benefit or harm a person, provide for his needs, give or take away life, or wield authority or influence. This makes a person independent and highly dignified. Such a person would not disgrace himself by bowing in homage to any creature or begging anyone else. Such a person is not overawed by any person’s greatness. A person of Tawheed has great determination, patience, and perseverance. He is unshaken by any difficulty. He relies on Allah and places his trust in Allah. When such a person makes up his mind and obeys Allah’s commands, he has full confidence in the support of the most powerful Lord.
Modesty And Humbleness
A believer in Tawheed knows that Allah is the ultimate power and only Allah controls everything. Whatever one has is given by Allah. Allah can take away just as He can give. He knows that whatever happens in this world, big or small, good or evil, advantage or disadvantage, success or loss, increase or decrease, life or death, richness or poverty, health or sickness, everything happens by the will of Allah. A believer in Tawheed cannot be arrogant and self-conceited because he believes that his merits or achievements are not due to his own worth, they are gifts from Allah. Such a person is always thankful to Allah and recognizes how much he depends upon Allah.
The believer in Tawheed is always morally upright. All his standards come from one and the same authority, the authority of Allah. He does not have double or multiple standards. There is only one Lord and He treats all people equally.
The belief in Tawheed purges the mind of jealousy, envy, and greed, and keeps away the temptation of resorting to the base and unfair means for achieving success. The believer has faith that everything is in the hand of Allah. Honor, power, reputation, authority, and everything are under His control and He gives to whomsoever He wills. The duty of the human being is to struggle, to do good, and to trust in Allah.