DIFFERENT AND WRONG PERCEPTIONS ON TAWAKKUL (RELYING ON ALLAH)

Abstract

Author(s): Mehmet Mansur GKCAN

Tawakkul literally means invoking something upon someone trusted or taking for oneself a representative, a trustee, or a wakiil. Without physically making any effort, simply saying “I am trusting in Allah” and just expecting the things to be somehow welldone actually means to let Allah realize them. Such an understanding is that a simple creature will be the Allmighty Creator and vice versa. It is not tawakkul to expect subsistence to come itself to you, leave working in the thought of “bowing to the inevitable” and live in hope. Destituteness cannot be destined for Muslims. The tawakkul is not to stop being cautious but to rely all on any precaution or one’s own capabilities and will power. For tawakkul, refusing to be treated may contribute to losing the mind and the heart, also its sources. Some have seen the preoccupation in business life as a veil for the engagement with Allah in heart. This sense makes people keep their hands off job and leads them to the state of neediness. Islam, as a religion, urges a person to live within the society, and both to earn their keep and to get prepared for afterlife through worshipping.

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