Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517
Tie your camel and trust in Allah. I love this hadith because it is so simple yet such a good reminder and valuable piece of guidance. How often do we expect the help of Allah to come to us with no form of action from ourselves. This hadith always reminds me that whatever you are asking of Allah, whatever you are praying for Him to grant you; trust in Allah but tie your camel. Take action yourself. Take steps yourself whilst you always maintain your trust in Allah.
You can’t make du’a for good health and expect it to come to you and stay with you without taking action to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating well, exercise, good amount of sleep.
You can’t beg Allah for success in your exams without taking the time and effort to study and work hard for those exams.
You can’t pray to Allah to grant you a loving and pious spouse without working on yourself first and then going about seeking a spouse in a halal way.
You can’t ask Allah for rizq (sustenance) without looking for and working hard at a job.
It’s too easy to make du’a to Allah and then leave your trust in Him, expecting that to be that. Yes, put your trust in Allah. Of course. But take some action yourself.
It reminds me of another hadith:
Allah SWT said: If you come to Me walking, I will come to you running.”
Trust in Allah and tie your camel. Take a few steps and Allah will come running to you. We have to take action and responsibility ourselves, however small that may be, and Allah will take care of the rest.
Sometimes it’s hard, when you are taking all the steps, all possible action within your power in order to try and attain something you desire. Whatever that may be. You are pouring all of your efforts and energy into doing whatever you can, so that something may come your way. After all of your continued efforts, you are still reaching and waiting. That is when it is hard to remain patient and continue trusting in Allah. That is when we struggle but that is when we have to keep faith more than ever.
I look back and remember times when I prayed to Allah for something to be mine. So sure I was that this must be mine yet I watched it passed me by. Now I know, that it wasn’t for me. That it wasn’t good for me. Not only was it not good but it would have been bad. At that time I couldn’t see it but in retrospect, with new knowledge I know what I couldn’t have imagined then. That is why I can never lose trust in Allah. He knows what it is good for me. Not only that, if He takes something away from me, He will replace it with something even better.
Alhamdulillah. Praise be to God.