Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Tawakkul (Trust) in Allah Alone

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1436 Programmes



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عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
مَنْ قَالَ – يَعْنِي إِذَا خَرَجَ مِنْ بَيْتِهِ –  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ ‏.‏ يُقَالُ لَهُ هُدِيتَ كُفِيتَ وَوُقِيت  وَتَنَحَّى عَنْهُ الشَّيْطَانُ ‏

 Hazrat Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: Whoever says when he leaves his house :

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ

Bismillāh, tawakkaltu `alAllāh, la ḥawla wa la quwwata illa billāh **

“In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, there is no might or power except by Allah” ; then it will be said to him : “You have been guided, you have been sufficed, you have been protected, and Shaytaan distances himself away from the person.”
( Tirmidhi)

** There are four benefits in reading this Dua:
1) One is granted Hidaayah (guidance)
2) One’s needs will be fulfilled
3) One is granted protection from harm
4) One is granted safety from Shaytaan.


Tawakkul means having complete trust and firm reliance in Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala alone. Allah Ta’ala is Al-Wakeel (the Disposer of Affairs) and upon whom one should place one’s trust in.

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has placed us into Darul Asbaab (a world of means). We have been commanded to make use of all the permissible means that Allah has provided us with, BUT our reliance must NEVER be upon those means.

One must make use of means, believing that the “means” cannot produce any effect on its own. It is only Allah Taala who causes effect.

Sayiddina Umar ibnul-Khattaab (RA) was once passing by a group of farmers, sitting with some spades and shovels. He enquired from them, as to what were they doing there. They replied that they are waiting there, for their crops to grow ( without making any necessary effort for the sowing of seeds etc)….We are those who have Tawakkul upon Allah! He then enquired from them, as to whether they had sowed the seeds? They replied in the negative. He replied that they are then, not people of Tawwakul, as one has to tie one’s camel first (make an effort himself,) and then place reliance ONLY on Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala to obtain the desired results.

In the battle of Uhud, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, wore two armours! This was not against Tawwakkul . Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam took the necessary means and thereafter made Dua to Allah Ta’ala to protect them from the enemy and grant them victory.

There are numerous Ayaat in the Quraan Shareef that clearly establish the Tawakkul of the Believer. When Hazrat Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) was thrown in the fire by the idol worshippers of his time, the Angels came down offering their assistance to him. He replied to them that He is seeking the assistance of Allah Ta’ala alone and relies on Him alone … He cried out : حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ …. Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best Disposer of affairs.

Those who firmly place their trust in Allah, He makes all matters easy for them.