Get Tawakkul, Forget Your Fears, and Enter the Gates!

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You must have had those moments when you felt so strong, thinking: whatever needs to happen will happen. That sweet feeling of trusting in Allaah subhanahu wa ta’alaa is priceless, granting an amazing peace of mind.

Then there are the times you get tense. You worry. You feel a knot in your stomach. What if things just don’t get better? What if I lose him or her? What if I get ill?

Musa ‘alayhi sallam was standing with his people. He invited them to enter Palestine, but they refused. Why? They were scared. Scared of the future. Scared to be hurt. Scared to fail. Then two courageous believers stood up and announced:

Enter upon them through the gate, for when you enter it, you will be the dominant. And rely upon Allah (have Tawakkul), if you are believers.
[Quran, 5:23]

Rely upon Allah, if you are believers. Let’s learn how this beautiful Quranic advice can make us more productive!

Tawakkul, a Garden in This World

Tawakkul is reliance on Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa. You trust in Allah’s plan and accept whatever He decides, regardless of the results. At first that seems difficult, but in reality it is a very natural and easy thing to do.

Imagine you have a certain illness and you have the chance to go to the best specialist in the whole world. Wouldn’t you feel at ease, fully entrusting your health to him?

We have the Ultimate Trustee to whom we can entrust our affairs and we can be 100% sure He’ll look after them in the best way possible for every single individual. He is Allah, Al-Wakeel.

Give Yourself Over

The word tawakkul also comes from the root وكل (w-k-l), which means “to give oneself over to, to rely/depend on, or have confidence in another.” Tawakkul means that you teach and train yourself to give yourself over to, to rely on, and to have full confidence in Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa.

You can really understand this concept when you’re facing challenges and stress in your life. I can’t say it enough: when you manage to have tawakkul, you’ll feel so relieved. So strong. And so productive.

How to Have Tawakkul: 5 Tips

Here are some tips and motivators on how to train yourself to rely upon Allah alone.

1.      Never be lazy.

Tawakkul sometimes is mistaken for “sitting back” and thinking your problems will be solved just by believing Allah will take care of your affairs. But look at what emaan is. It is not just having faith, as it’s often translated. It’s the combination of faith and acting upon that faith.

The same goes for tawakkul. Don’t give up on your own efforts. Rather strive and work with the attitude that Allah will take care of your affairs and will help you get through your trials. This proactive attitude is in fact part of you having tawakkul.

Remember when the Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” [At-Tirmidhi].

2.      Never be arrogant.

You should always plan and work based on what Allah has blessed you with in knowledge, intelligence, and free will. You should fully use those blessings by thanking Allah for them, without ever feeling proud or arrogant about your abilities. You work, but it is Allah who gave you the ability to work, and ultimately it’s the favor of Allah which will make you successful or not.

3.         Go for the fruit.

Accept whatever happens.  You should believe that Allah ‘azza wajal out of His wisdom may decide to supersede all your plans for reasons that only He knows. This is the fruit of tawakkul. Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali said, The fruit of tawakkul is the acceptance of Allah’s decree. Whoever leaves his affairs to Allah and then is accepting of what he is given has truly relied on Allah.

Remind yourself that believing in al-Qadr (Allah’s divine will and decree) is one of the pillars of your faith. Tell yourself that whatever will happen will happen and that you can only do the best you can.

Allah al-Qadeer will never ever let something bad happen to you, even though you might fear it. In every matter is good for a believer. If you live by this fact, what can get you down? You might bend, but you’ll never break!

4.         Precaution!

Even as Prophet Yaqub alayhi sallam took all precautionary measures when he sent his sons to Egypt and advised them to enter from different gates of the city, so they wouldn’t look suspicious. His measures were overtaken by the divine decree. But still he took all the measures he could to avoid any possible risk.  

This is where most of us go wrong. We either rely on our efforts and measures and discard our trust in Allah, or we rely on “trust in Allah” and don’t adopt any practical measures to solve our problems.

5.      Rejoice— Allah is al-Wakeel.

Allah is al-Wakeel, the ultimate and the best trustee. Everything He decrees for us is good for us. He’s the best disposer of affairs. He’s sufficient for all of us.  So aren’t you “lucky” you can entrust your affairs to Him? Remind yourself that Allah is the ultimate trustee; give yourself and your affairs over to Him with a sense of full comfort and certainty in your heart.

Benefits of Tawakkul: 3 steps to Success

Let’s strive to understand and apply tawakkul in our daily lives. Because when you taste that amazing feeling of peace in your mind, strength in your limbs, and the breeze of tranquility in your heart, you’ll never want to be without it again!

Train yourself to have tawakkul and you’ll notice that things will not only get resolved more easily with His help, but tawakkul will also relieve you from your daily worries.

Finally, before making any effort, remind yourself of these 3 steps:

  1. Put your trust in Allah Al-Wakeel
  2. Use your God-granted faculties to put in your best efforts
  3. Believe in Qada wal-qadr (the divine decree)

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa make our words and actions the result of tawakkul, aid us to use all His blessings the best way we can while depending on Him, and strengthen us with unshakable belief in His Decree by accepting whatever He chooses to be the outcome, ameen!

I pray you will benefit,

Khawlah bint Yayha, United Kingdom

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32 Comments

  1. Mudassir February 23, 2013 Reply

    As Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

    This is wonderful reminder.Jazak Allah Khair for sharing this.

  2. shadab February 23, 2013 Reply

    jazakallah, it really changed me now.

  3. Idris Ahmad February 23, 2013 Reply

    Reding this article has relieved me of a very sorrowful I find myself in. Thank u for the reminder and I’ll always follow.

  4. aftab February 23, 2013 Reply

    jazakallah khair for this enlightening article. I hope it serves its purpose for one one and all

  5. BintKhalil February 23, 2013 Reply

    Assalamu alaikum

    Can you move the “Read Next” pop up on the bottom right of the screen please? It blocks part of the text which forces me to scroll line by line instead of page by page. Perhaps it can be moved to the bottom left. I am viewing this on Firefox. Jazak Allah khair.

  6. rasid February 23, 2013 Reply

    ALLAAHU AKBAR!! jazaakallahu khair..”yaa muqallibal quluub, thabbit quluubanaa a’la deenik” aameen

  7. Kelly February 24, 2013 Reply

    Jazak Allah khair for this great article. I always knew that tawakul meant trusting Allah but I love how you explained the details of how it worked and how to do it. Very beneficial to me mashallah!

  8. binthamid February 24, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the reminder. It came at the best time and has lifted my spirits. JazakaAllah Khair.

  9. Hasan February 24, 2013 Reply

    Jazakallah sister. I was just waiting for some discourse on Tawakkul and Allah granted me(as is usually the case Alhamdulillah) with this article. May Allah accept your efforts and give you ample reward. Look forward to something on Ikhlas too.

  10. Fatima Ligaya Altaf February 26, 2013 Reply

    Alhamdolillah this article helps me build more my imaan to Islam and trust to Allah subhanahu wa taala.

  11. Mohamed Idrees February 27, 2013 Reply

    Al hamdulillah, its increased my trust in allah and acting upon it…

  12. M.Yousaf Malik March 2, 2013 Reply

    Mashallah,very beneficial,may Allah subhanahu wa taala bless u with more knowledge sister.

  13. Hayatmisr April 26, 2013 Reply

    JazakALLAH kheiran 4 sharring

  14. IBRAHIM JUMA MWISHANGANI January 8, 2014 Reply

    AL-HAMDULILLAH!

  15. Anase Aliu March 19, 2014 Reply

    Jazakillahu Khairan sister khawlah. Really I envy you

  16. Anase Aliu March 19, 2014 Reply

    Sister khawlah, May Almighty Allah reward your efforts. How can I be like you? Wish I had your email address to contact you personally. You are a role model for sisters like me.

  17. sis in need August 3, 2014 Reply

    What do you do in a case where you leave in a non muslim country and halaal jobs are hard to find,pliz advise me,,I have run out of ideas,where ever I try working,it always ends up a disastrous job

    • Admin August 3, 2014 Reply

      Apply for halal jobs online 🙂

  18. Sister needs allah March 4, 2015 Reply

    I hope to repent on my mistakes but what iv done i have ask allah swt to help clear with out any harm to my family, i needed help iv always been showered with his mercey i kept thinking he mite this time not give me my help…. But deep down inside i have hop takwa my allah will rain that mercy on me again , may allah take shaytani doubts out of my heart and mind ammen

  19. AGAKA YUSUF August 8, 2015 Reply

    asalam alykum,may ALLAH bless u much more

  20. Amjad September 4, 2015 Reply

    Mass Allah this article will help every individual to lead a daily life in right direction…May Allah guide us !

  21. Amjad September 4, 2015 Reply

    Assalamoalailum! May Allah bless you much more !

  22. Fatima November 9, 2015 Reply

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Baraka’llah fiki, Jazaka’allah Khairan, for this may Allah reward you abundantly

  23. hebraheem March 31, 2016 Reply

    for helping article..jazakumullahu haeran

  24. Nofyy February 19, 2017 Reply

    I have noticed lots of changes in myself after leaving all my affairs to Almighty, i went through very bad days, where i had totally lost everyone and everything, i was left alone in a foreign country, i was so stress and depressed that i wanted to quit life, so i started praying fardh and voluntary salat, reciting Qur’an, so i started feeling much more better and peaceful mind, now each and everytime i only thank Allah for every thing he had granted me with… now seriously im in love with My Almighty…

    • Author
      UQA_S February 23, 2017 Reply

      Assalamualaiku Br.

      Subhan Allah! Good to hear that. May Allah increase you more in knowledge.

      Admin.

    • Mimi❤️ February 24, 2017 Reply

      your attitude is what I need right now!! I don’t know who you are, but your positive attitude is what I want!!!!

      • Author
        UQA_S March 30, 2017 Reply

        JazakAllahu Khair for your appreciation, help us spread this noble work by sharing in your circles.

  25. Ines March 23, 2017 Reply

    Jazakallahu khair

    • Author
      UQA_S March 30, 2017 Reply

      help us spread this noble work by sharing in your circles.

  26. nazish May 27, 2017 Reply

    Excellent , easy to understand very soft words and practical examples

    • Author
      UQA_S May 30, 2017 Reply

      JazakAllahu Khair for your feedback, help us spread this noble work by sharing in your circles may Allah bless all our us Aameen.

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