Originally Posted by Amat Allah
Originally Posted by abz2000
Originally Posted by Dying Rose
The above seem to imply that a person that puts in his own physical effort to try to attain the means somehow loves Allah less or trusts in Him less, and the one that doesn't put in the effort trusts Him more.
It is like a person saying, I am poor, but I won't go to work to earn for my family and also put my trust in Allah; what I will do is I won't work, and will trust in Allah to provide for me without going to work. Islam doesn't encourage this kind of trust.
Let us remember, that our primary source to derive our beliefs and actions from, is the Qur'an and sunnah rather than stories.
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (pbuh) and begged from him. He (the Prophet) asked: Have you nothing in your house? He replied: Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water. He said: Bring them to me. He then brought these articles to him and he (the Prophet) took them in his hands and asked: Who will buy these? A man said: I shall buy them for one dirham. He said twice or thrice: Who will offer more than one dirham? A man said: I shall buy them for two dirhams.
He gave these to him and took the two dirhams and, giving them to the Ansari, he said: Buy food with one of them and hand it to your family, and buy an axe and bring it to me. He then brought it to him. The Apostle of Allaah (pbuh) fixed a handle on it with his own hands and said: Go, gather firewood and sell it, and do not let me see you for a fortnight. The man went away and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to him and bought a garment with some of them and food with the others.
The Apostle of Allaah (pbuh) then said: This is better for you than that begging should come as a spot on your face on the Day of Judgment. Begging is right only for three people: one who is in grinding poverty, one who is seriously in debt, or one who is responsible for compensation and finds it difficult to pay. (Sunan Abu Dawud, [9:1637])
Now the Prophet :saws: could have told the man to do nothing, just have trust in Allah and Allah will send the money to you. But he didn't. He told him to take action, with his own hands, to put the effort in on his part. Now the man would know that Allah is the Provider, and provision will only come if He wills it, but we must also do our bit by putting in the effort. Remember the sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them) were the people most beloved to the prophet :saws: and their love for Allah and trust in Him could be way stronger than ours may be. But they did not stop working and say they were simply going to put their trust in Allah, nor did Rasoolullah :saws: teach them that. They worked and
they put their trust in Allah. If trust in Allah without action had been the right thing to do, Rasoolullah :saws: would have taught us this. There would have been no need to fight battles, as they could simply have trusted in Allah to make things right for them, and defeat the enemy Himself in all the battles without them having to lift a finger. But this was clearly not the case. Allah helped the effort they made and brought it to fruition.
Beliefs and actions going hand in hand, and not being to the mutual exclusiveness of each other, is a theme that runs throughout the Qur'an. Countless times Allah says in the Qur'an:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَاتِ
"Indeed those who believe and
do good deeds..."
Just as belief alone without deeds, and deeds alone without belief are of no benefit, so our trust in Allah should be accompanied by our efforts, as much as we are able.
I agree with this quote that sister Amat Allah posted, and that I am re-posting here:
true Tawheed cannot be attained unless one takes the means which Allaah created and which lead to the ends both in terms of divine decree and in terms of sharee’ah. Neglecting the means undermines the essence of putting one’s trust in Allaah
and undermines the Divine command and wisdom, because the one who neglects them thinks that this is a sign of stronger trust in Allaah
. But neglecting them is a sign of helplessness which contradicts putting one’s trust in Allaah, the essence of which is the heart’s dependence on Allaah to acquire that which will benefit a person in both his religious commitment and worldly affairs, and will ward off that which will harm him in both his religious commitment and worldly affairs. Alongside this dependence one must also take the means, otherwise one will be ignoring the wisdom and command of Allaah.
We should not regard helplessness as putting our trust in Allaah, or putting our trust in Allaah as helplessness.
Ibn al-Qayyim in Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/15 from source: http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/21368/tawakkul
And Allah knows best in all matters, and may He forgive me if I said anything wrong.