Ibraheem (A.S.), the khaleel of Allah had an amazing recognition of Allah Azzawajal and that is how a khaleel is. There was such a big fire burnt with so much of wood collected to burn him alive. The flame rose so high and it was so fierce that when a bird flies in that atmosphere, it would fall into the fire getting burnt. The face of death was right in front of his eyes and when he was thrown into the fire, Jibreel ؑ came to him and asked him if he need any help but Ibraheem ؑ replied, “Hasbiyallahu wa nimal wakeel “ (Allah is my availer and protector and the best of aids)” and we can imagine what sort of recognition he had of Allah Azzawajal in his heart that he could completely trust Him Azzawajal in such a situation. When this is the case of Ibraheem ؑ, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas ؓ says that when the beloved Prophet ﷺ and the Companions were surrounded by kuffar from every side and they were threatened to fear them, the Prophet ﷺ and the Companions said, “hasbuna Allahu waniama alwakeelu”.
Allatheena qala lahumu alnnasu inna alnnasa qad jamaAAoo lakum faikhshawhum fazadahum eemanan waqaloo hasbuna Allahu waniAAma alwakeelu
Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)
When there are two deaths in a hospital, one of a kafir and the other of a believer; the kafir relative gets disturbed and worried thinking that had he shown the deceased to another doctor, he would have saved him while a believer thinks that even if hundred doctors join to save his relative from death, they would not have succeeded when Allah Azzawajal decided that to happen by His infinite wisdom and he remains content with the qadr of Allah Azzawajal. Here both a kafir and a believer adopted the same means of treating their men but the end effect was different on them. Today people are surrounded by problems everywhere than before and they need more help but they want to find solutions by themselves and they want to solve by all the means they have. When a person is deprived of any means, he becomes disappointed and loses hope. There is more loneliness today inside a person, he doesn’t pay attention to his wife or children or parents and he remains isolated. A man thinks when he gets a son, his life would be better, he gets a son; he then thinks if the son gets admitted in a good school, it would be good and the son gets admitted as he wished and he wishes he gets a good degree and then a good job but eventually we see the man in the same state as before he had the son. He didn’t achieve much through all these means. We have brought so many screens of sins before us that we have gone far away from Allah Azzawajal lest we recognize Him and put tawakkal on Him Azzawajal. If a person does righteous acts and still doesn’t recognize Allah Azzawajal then he should know that there is some barrier of sin between him and Allah Azzawajal that is stopping him from recognizing Allah Azzawajal.
When we look at the tawakkal of Ibraheem ؑ, he left his wife and his little son in the barren valley of makkah putting trust in Allah Azzawajal. Even his wife is an amazing woman. Ibraheem ﷺ was commanded not even to speak and as he started walking leaving his beloved wife and the son in that land where no sign of life could be seen and no human can be seen from a far off place, his wife came running to him asking him why he left them there? He remained silent, when she asked him again, he remained silent and when she asked again, he still remained silent and finally she asked him if it is the command of Allah Azzawajal when he affirmed by nodding his head. What a recognition she had of Allah for she immediately replied, “Then Allah won’t abandon us”. She is having a baby that breast feeds and when there is no water, the mother’s breast gets deprived of milk and it is easy to remain hunger and thirsty than to see one’s child in hunger and thirst and here is the mother who recognized Allah Azzawajal and trusted Him.
It comes in a hadeeth that when a person says, “Bismillahi tawakkaltu ala Allah laa hawla wa laa quwwata illah billah” on leaving one’s house, then it is said to him, you are guided, taken care of and protected, so the devil keeps away from him. Then the devil says to other devils, ‘What can you do against a man who is guided, taken care of and protected?’ and thus the devil gets disappointed and loses hope in leading him astray. Once a Sahabi ؓ asked our beloved Prophet ﷺ if he should trust Allah and leave the camel without tying it when the Prophet ﷺ asked him to tie the camel and trust Allah Azzawajal. So we muslims should adopt the means whatever Allah Azzawajal has blessed us with but we should turn only to Allah Azzawajal and trust Him alone.