Do You Really Trust Allah?
Text: Allah says that our rizq or provision is “written” for us. Does that mean we can just sit idly by and our provision will fall from the sky into our laps? No it does not. It means that we do our best and our provision will come to us. But why is knowing this a “mercy”? It is a mercy because it should free us from worrying because we often lose so much time consumed by wondering how we can get more, or fearing that we will not be able to earn enough.
Once we do our best however, we should have a sense of trust in God’s will and God’s plan for us. This should free us from fear. It should also bring a sense of comfort to us because God is saying to us, I am here, I have not abandoned you, though you may think things are difficult, I am here and will provide for you. Know that everything that I put before you is for your best and greatest good. Whatever challenges, that come to you, I KNOW that you are strong enough to deal with them. Not only do I know that you are strong enough, you have the ability to overcome this. Just hold onto Me and I will help you through.
So much times we worry so much, we become depressed or we put ourselves into doing things we should NOT do to earn our livelihood because we do not trust God and God’s perfect plan. We should not erode our relationship with God because of our inability to trust. We should be careful not to put ourselves above God, because we do not depend and trust in the Divine Plan. We do so, when we think that we have to do everything to solve our problems and that is what takes us into despair or into the haram (what is forbidden). Instead, we need to learn to do our best and then TRUST.
We forget that the boundaries that have been put for us, are there to help us thrive. So we don’t need to do something that we’ve been told not to do in order to survive or be successful. Sometimes that may mean leaning on our brothers and sisters- that for many of us is a much needed lesson in humility. Each of us has a moment when we need to depend on those around us. In this struggle to try and do better and be better, it reminds us that we are human, there are times we will need help and when others around us will need help. So our duty from enduring these circumstances is keeping in mind that when we have, it is our responsibility to help those who don’t or to help those who are helping people in need so they may continue that work.
Let us remember this Ramadhan to be humble with each other, to see the many blessings that we do have in our lives and to assist our brothers and sisters in humanity who do not.
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