Handling Stresses and Worries, by: Naiema Zaman
What does it mean to put your trust in Allah (Most Glorious, Most High)?
وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُون
“And in Allah (alone) let the believers put their trust.” (Surah Al-Imran, Verse 60)
One of the benefits of being a Muslim is knowing that we can hand over all of our stresses and worries to another being, the One that brings us to challenges and takes us through challenges, as He wills. In addition to keeping up with the obligatory acts of Islam such as the five daily prayers, during any undertaking, Muslims are expected to do however much they can of their own efforts, then when the undertaking has been completed, are asked to put their trust in Allah (the Most Glorious, Most High) for a successful outcome. For some, and more often than not, putting one’s trust in Allah is often the most challenging part. In some cases, how one behaves during this phase can be the final factor that determines the outcome of an undertaking. Many undertakings in our lives can also be presented to us in our lives as a trial or tribulation, in which one must stay patient for a positive, true, or successful result.
The key to putting your trust in Allah (Most Glorious, Most High) is to stay patient. What might that actually look like, though? Sometimes, it’s as simple and easy as getting a good night’s sleep and waking up the next day for the result, doing something else while your waiting on the result for the other event, and other times, one might have to keep trudging through thick mud on the same undertaking for a little while longer before reaching the destination. With the many factors involved in any undertaking we pursue or that we might randomly come across in life, and with the many events themselves, staying patient is not always easy. Although keeping up with the basics, seeking out the right aid, and making du’a are steps in the right direction, it is easy to lose hope in our efforts before even receiving the result and, especially if one takes all these steps only to find an outcome that they were not expecting or are not happy with. How does one reconcile between putting their trust in Allah (Most Glorified, Most High) and being disappointed with what He gives us? Part of putting one’s trust in Allah (Most Glorified, Most High) is trusting that whatever outcome befalls us, that it is for our own good, and we fully submit to Him by allowing Him to make the final judgment over what happens to us in our lives as He is most knowledgeable of what is best for us. Allah (Most Glorified, Most High) will answer our du’as, but not always in the way or with what we might expect or had particularly asked for.
The attitude of a believer is said to be that of a plant firmly rooted in soil – when the wind blows, the plant slightly bends, but straightens again once the wind passes. Allah (Most Glorious, Most High) has given those that believe in Him and follow His commandments a purpose and direction in life, and will understand that although obstacles may affect us, they should not uproot our ground. Sometimes, we have a good understanding of what a positive, true and successful result might look like and how to achieve that result, but always and only, does Allah (Most Glorified, Most High) know what result is really positive, true and successful.
Written by: Naiema Zaman