‘When you want something, however impossible it may seem, just raise your hands and ask for it. Tell yourself…’I don’t know how or when it will happen, but I just know that if I ask Allah, He will surely provide me with a means.’
The other day I put up the above status on my Facebook page not knowing that it would be the perfect thing to include in this article that I am writing as you read. In fact, many of my latest thoughts or ‘gems’ as I like to call them, have been related to trust in Allah, and thinking positive thoughts of Him.
I experienced something very recently, which really opened my eyes to how much Tawakkul I actually had in Allah. It made me question myself, the thoughts that wavered in my mind, and whether I certainly believed in my heart that Allah would do good for me. Having good thoughts of Allah is a pinnacle in the life of a Muslim. It is something absolutely and utterly beautiful. When a believer places His trust in Allah, pours out of all His problems that weigh down on his chest and truly turns to Allah hoping and anticipating good, then Allah in return does good to Him. I find this remarkable.
How many people have we met who when we have done well to them, they have done evil to us in return? Yet, how many times when we have been stuck in a storm, darkness has enveloped, lightening has stroked from all corners, have we hoped for good and ease, and it was given to us thereafter?
Allah is Al-Hannan – the Most compassionate, He is Al-Wakeel – the trustee. These names and attributes of Allah illustrate to us the kind, caring and generous nature of Allah, who, when a slave calls upon Him, turns to Him, and thinks good of Him gives them much good back in return. Allah says in a Hadith Qudsi:
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” (Bukhari)
How many of you are going to walk to Allah so He comes at speed to you? How many of you are will draw closer to Allah, so He draws closer to you? How many of you are going to believe and hope that Allah will do well to you, so that He grants you what you anticipate and more than you would ever imagined?
Whatever you’re going through in life, then remember Allah is directing you back in putting your trust in Him. When you totally depend on Allah for your every need, every situation, then not only does your heart fill with the sweetness of Imaan, but you see doors opening from all around you. Those, which were locked, those that you never even knew existed. For an individual who relies on Allah is demonstrating his humble status as a slave and is acknowledging that absolutely no person, thing, or creature – whether living or dead, can change the situation, besides the one who is in control over everything… and that is, Allah.
When you trust in Allah, He will surely make ways for you. Never forget that. If you didn’t get the person you wanted for marriage, if you failed your exam even after exerting so much effort in revision, if you lost a loved one, then think good of Allah. You’re heart will feel at ease knowing that whatever Allah wills is good. Be positive.
Allah is what His slave expects of Him, and expect good things to happen to you, you won’t be disappointed. Remind yourself that in life, maybe some things are not meant to be because there is something else waiting for you. Something better, more amazing, more valuable to Allah than the other thing you longed for. Allah is as you think of Him. Think good of Allah and He will do good to you, that is the Sunnah of Allah; that is His way.