We trust someone when we recognize them to be knowledgeable, have the power to carry out things we expect from them and who wish good for us. The knowledge and power of any creation is not perfect like that of Allah Azzawajal and no one wishes good for us like Him and in fact He wishes good for us more than we would wish for ourselves. It has always been the glory of people of Islam to trust Allah Azzawajal. They leave their matters in the hands of Allah because they recognized Him to be most knowledgeable, powerful and muhsin. Today people trust the causes and means and not Allah Azzawajal. There are two types of tawakkal, one is to trust the means and the other is to trust Allah Azzawajal. Those who trust means are weaker in eeman. A muslim adopts the means but trusts Allah Azzawajal.
When a child wants to get the milk bottle, he cries and screams. The child knows that his cries and screams won’t take him to the bottle but his mother’s attention would get him the milk bottle. Similarly a believer thinks that the means won’t get him anything but only the attention of Allah Azzawajal. The believer’s attention will be to seek the attention of Allah Azzawajal and hence he won’t adopt any haram means to achieve anything as he doesn’t trust the means but Allah Azzawajal. He won’t fear that someone would deprive him of his provisions because he trusts Allah Azzawajal that he would get what is destined for him. Once a man saw a blind crow and he wondered how it will seek for food. When he was thinking like this, an eagle came with food in its beak and fed the crow. Seeing this he thought when Allah Azzawajal can feed the crow like this, He Azzawajal will surely feed him too without him doing anything and with this thought he spent days doing nothing for food. He got extremely hungry and when he couldn’t bear it anymore, he approached a hakeem and narrated his story. The hakeem told him that Allah Azzawajal showed him two things, one without means, i.e., the crow and the other with means, i.e., the eagle and he asked him why he was not like the eagle feeding himself and others with the means that Allah Azzawajal provided him. When one is granted means, he should use it as per the command of Allah Azzawajal and when one doesn’t have any means; he doesn’t have to worry for Allah Azzawajal is all able to provide him without any means. With this attitude, a believer can be completely satisfied with his life and be peaceful all the time for a believer doesn’t rely on the means.
When one trusts Allah Azzawajal, he gets the love of Allah Azzawajal, the creator and also the love of the creation. When a man depends on people and expects from them and shows greediness that is when he will fall before their eyes. A man depending on Allah Azzawajal alone will be rich in the heart. Today people are being recognized to trust them but Allah Azzawajal is failed to be recognized. The tawakkal can be difficult to be understood except those who have eeman. Once Muawwiya ؓ sent a letter to our beloved mother Ayisha (RA) requesting her to advise him. She replied back with couple of lines. In the first line, she told that when one intents to do something and fears none be it society, family or anyone but seeks only the pleasure of Allah Azzawajal, then Allah Azzawajal himself will take complete responsibility of his task. In the second line, she told when one cares only about people thinking what they will think about him, caring for his fake honor in the society and so on but doesn’t care to fear Allah Azzawajal, then Allah Azzawajal will leave him to his creations. That is when a man will be dependent on people for the whole of his life.
This tawakkal is an amazing thing and when one learns to trust Allah Azzawajal, he will enjoy his life and get rid of depression or fear. Today the muslim is trusting the means instead of Allah Azzawajal. If we are to trust the means, the kuffar are way advanced in possessing means be it technology, weapons etc., and in fact we muslims are a century behind them when it comes to means but if we look at their lives, they are the largest consumers of anti-depressant drugs than us. Life is not made from the means but from the Lord of the means. We trust a person when we recognize him and we recognize a person when we get closer to him. Similarly we will recognize Allah Azzawajal when we will get His kurb (nearness or closeness). This kurb of Allah can be achieved by two things. In a hadeeth, it is said that a person gets closer to Allah Azzawajal through the obligatory acts and when he performs more nafil acts, Allah Azzawajal becomes his eyes, ears, tongue and feet. So we should increase the nafil acts when we will get closer to Allah and thus get His maarifat (recognition). Then in a hadeeth, it is said that on the Day of Qayamah, Allah Azzawajal will ask a servant why he didn’t feed Him and clothe Him. The servant will ask in an astonishment how can one feed the Lord of the heavens and the earth when Allah Azzawajal will reply, didn’t His poor servant come to his door for food and he turned him away? So by increasing the nafil acts and by helping the creations, one can get the kurb of Allah Azzawajal.