Tawakkul

I admire those people who go through tests after tests after tests and still have so much tawakkul in Allah. And subhanallah, it just shows that their tests were infact blessings in disguise for them. Because of their patience and gratitude, Allah increased their Imaan. And what better gift is there than Imaan?

The best lesson you can teach your soul is to be patient when you’re happy - because happiness ends & to be patient when you’re sad - because sadness ends. Nothing is constant. Everything is temporary. Except Allaah, your Creator. As His creation whom He knows best, be patient during all circumstances, all events, all times. Whatever it is you’re going through, He knows you to put you through it - you. Not someone else; you. So look for the lessons in all circumstances, look for the meaning, look for the blessings. & keep this in mind: all lessons are blessings & all blessings are lessons.

When someone has cancer or diabetes, we don’t say to them, “Just trust Allah”. So why do we say that to those with mental illnesses? Trusting Allah and having faith in His plans is imperative to the life of all Muslims - sick or not. However, Allah ﷻ specifically told us to trust Him and ‘tie your camel’. With mental illnesses, this means treatment is important.

Those with mental illnesses do not need to 'just trust Allah’, they need treatment. Let’s, as the Muslim community, make that more accessible.

Reliance (al-Tawakkul) in Allāh is a lofty station having a tremendous effect. It is from the greatest obligations of faith (Īmān) and one of the most virtuous acts of worship that brings a person closer to his Lord. It is the highest station of Tawhīd. Indeed no matter is achieved except by having reliance in Allāh and seeking His aid and assistance (al-Istiʾānah).

It was narrated from Saʾīd b. Jubayr - Allāh have mercy upon him - said,

“Reliance in Allāh is the vessel of faith.” -  Musannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah (7/202)

Reliance in Allāh is linked to everything related to obligatory, recommended and permissible deeds. In fact, even the evildoer may depend upon Allāh in achieving his objective despite it being despised and blameworthy.

People’s needs are many and it is absolutely necessary to have reliance in Allāh in fulfilling them.

Ibn al-Qayyim - Allāh have mercy upon him - said,

“If a slave depended upon Allāh with due reliance in moving a mountain from its place, and he was commended to do that, he would surely move it!” -  Madārij al-Sālikīn (1/81)

The Muslim does not see dependency upon Allāh in his affairs as something merely recommended; rather it is seen as a religious obligation.

Ibn al-Qayyim - Allāh have mercy upon him - said,

“Reliance in Allāh comprises the stations of leaving one’s affairs to Him (al-Tafwīḍ), seeking His aid and assistance (al-Istiʾānah) and contentment (al-Riḍā). It is inconceivable to have reliance without them.” -  Ibid (1/136)