How to put your trust in Allah? Why do you want to increase your trust in Allah? Is it because you are in pain and need His Divine assistance to get through it? Perhaps you sincerely want to enhance your relationship with Allah in order to become a better Muslim.
Whatever your motivations are, they are noble because you are moving closer to Allah. The most significant reason we should all increase our trust in Allah is that it is one of the certain paths that will lead to His tremendous love for us.
Trusting In Allah
Allah says in the Quran,
Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.Surah Ali-’Imran, 3:159
As Allah’s imperfect creations, we must understand that our efforts alone will never bring us the success we want in dunya. Only by Allah’s grace can we completely realize all of our heart’s wishes.
As a result, continuing to put our reliance in Allah in our daily lives will always please Him in every way.
However, there is a major misunderstanding about how we Muslims trust Allah or have Tawakkul in Allah. And that is to rely on Allah alone while abandoning our attempts to work with the rules of cause and effect that Allah Himself have created as a system of existence.
Every system in life has been carefully curated by Allah to govern this earth.
It is our responsibility to work with these systems and try our best to attain the desired results. While our efforts can get us to where we wish to go, Allah is the only One who can make it happen.
If He does not want us to achieve something despite our greatest efforts, He has every right and authority to prevent us from receiving it.
As a result, we thank Him when we receive His blessings and we trust Him when He withholds them from us.
So the question is, how do we enhance our faith in Allah in our daily lives?
How To Put Your Trust In Allah?
Here are 10 steps for you to do just that.
- Have confidence in Allah
On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you in Allah’s capacity to take care of you, provide for your family, and only offer you and your family the best outcome?
If you sincerely believe in Allah’s might and His attributes, you will not question His decrees for your life and will not hesitate to live entirely according to His Quran and Sunnah.
Why do most people prioritize their personal temptations over Allah’s pleasure? It’s because they don’t fully believe or have faith that Allah alone is sufficient for them.
In the Quran, Allah says,
And it is Allah’s Will to turn to you in grace, but those who follow their desires wish to see you deviate entirely from Allah’s Way.Surah An-Nisa, 4:27
The essence of Islam is to submit your entire self to the slavery of Allah. To be a slave of Allah means to be certain that no matter what occurs, Allah is your only savior.
When you have this unwavering confidence in Allah, nothing in this world can cause you to doubt His Magnificence and go against the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah.
So, how can you begin to have more faith in Allah’s almighty abilities? You can begin by getting to know Him.
- Ask Him abundantly with duas
Those who are most humble are those who rely the most on Allah.
Making as many duas as you can, no matter how modest, will demonstrate to Allah that you rely on Him in every aspect of your life.
So, if you wish to deepen your faith in Allah, make several duas to Him. The more you ask Allah for something, the more faith you have in Him.
Allah is not like us; He will not become irritated if we ask for too much. In fact, if we beg for MORE, He will love us much more.
So, whatever your heart wishes, ask Allah for it, and never lose faith in His Mercy.
- Make your best effort
This is your opportunity to demonstrate to Allah that you believe in His promise. Allah promised to put in Jannah whoever does the most good in this world truly for His sake.
When you’re at work, put in your best effort. Give your family your complete attention and spend quality time with them when you’re together.
Prophet Muhammad SAW said,
“When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Sahih Muslim)
- Believe that Allah’s help is near
Today’s modern world will teach you to believe in yourself, that you are an incredible powerful person capable of overcoming or creating everything your heart wishes because you are invincible if you can harness the strength of your own mind.
This is contrary to Islamic beliefs. While Islam teaches us to be grateful for all of our abilities, we must never claim them as our own or be proud of what we achieve because Allah has the power to take them away at any time.
In the Quran, Allah says,
Those you call on beside God could not, even if they combined all their forces, create a fly, and if a fly took something away from them, they would not be able to retrieve it. How feeble are the petitioners and how feeble are those they petition!Surah Al-Hajj, 22:73
So, when you want to do great things in your life, instead of looking to yourself for greater courage and power, seek to Allah, believing that His support is near. Whatever difficulties or hurdles you may face in your activities (and they will arise), Allah is with you and His assistance is always close at hand.
When Prophet Muhammad SAW and 313 of his sahabahs went into combat against the musyrikins at Badr, they were ill-equipped and outnumbered. But they were certain that Allah’s support was on their side. In the midst of a battle, Prophet Muhammad SAW asked to Allah for help, and Allah sent down an army of Angels to help him.
It is described by Allah in the following verses:
When you begged your Lord for help, He answered you, ‘I will reinforce you with a thousand angels in succession.’ God made this a message of hope to reassure your hearts: help comes only from God, He is mighty and wise.Surah Al-Anfal, 8:9-10
They did their best to arm themselves with the appropriate armor and swords, but they did not rely on their own powers because they are aware of their limitations.
Looking at the numbers, it was practically impossible for the Muslims to win. Nonetheless, they went into battle with the firm certainty that Allah’s help was close at hand.
And what do you think? Allah sent an army of Angels to aid them in battle, and they triumphed.
What are our modern-day battles?
It is the battle of building business empires, having a work-life balance, building skyscrapers, organizations and corporations etc. While these ‘modern battles’ can make the world a better place, are we going into battle the right way?
The way Prophet Muhammad SAW and his sahabah went into battle in humbleness and humility seeking and hoping for the help of Allah?
- Accept life consequences (His decrees)
Every decision we make in our life has implications, which can be immediate or long-term. For example, if you have a disease, it could be the result of years of consuming junk food and lots of sugar. However, when you suffer the consequences today, it is Allah’s will that the disease strike you.
Some decrees of Allah are the result of our own acts, while others are completely the result of Allah’s divine planning for you, over which you have no influence, such as the loss of a loved one, being involved in a car accident, or any other type of accident.
So, as Muslims, we must conduct our lives attentively while embracing all of the life consequences and occurrences that Allah determines for us.
Accepting Allah’s decrees is being able to calm oneself and deal with life’s hardships patiently and humbly, without blaming Allah or questioning why He decided unfavorable occurrences on you.
Once you accept these life consequences or His decrees, the next stage is to accept complete accountability for your life.
- Take responsibility for your life
We can blame our circumstances on a variety of factors in life, including our upbringing, education, age, and so on. If you focus on things over which you have no control, you will undoubtedly lose the game of life since you have no influence over it.
I want you to start taking complete responsibility for your life right now. The first step is to establish and work toward goals. What are your hopes and dreams? What would you like to undertake that would both give you a sense of satisfaction and satisfy Allah?
You must have a strategy for your life. Things you want to do and achieve by a given age. When you accept complete responsibility for your life and stop blaming others for your situation, you will feel energized and driven to pursue your goals.
As you gain independence, you will need to rely on Allah more and more because you will face hardships along the way that will lead you back to Allah.
Have you ever encountered people who face the same difficulties time and over? Perhaps they continue to be anxious, burned out, or unmotivated. Allah sometimes sends us the same obstacles over and over again until we overcome them by returning to Him.
As you begin to take full responsibility for your life, you will begin to create more opportunities to deepen your faith in Allah. InsyaAllah.
Don’t be terrified of the hardships ahead; Allah says He would never put us through trials we can’t endure. So He is aware of our limitations. Every challenge we endure is an opportunity for us to reconnect with Allah on a deeper level. Face your issues front on and strengthen your faith in Allah.
- Put Allah first in every decision
Every day, we make dozens of decisions, big and little. If you wish to increase your faith in Allah, you must always choose options that will please Allah the most, regardless of your own wants.
Sometimes the smallest things can have the highest rewards in the eyes of Allah.
As you practice putting Allah first in all your decisions, your rewards with Allah would also pile up because you trust Islam’s way of living more than your own desires.
- Remember His promises
In the Quran, Allah makes numerous promises.
He stated, for example,
Allah does not stress any soul beyond its capacity.(Surah Al-Baqarah 286)
So, whenever we recollect and reflect on His promise, anytime we face a difficult life scenario, we must think that we are capable of overcoming it since Allah has picked just the challenges that we can personally endure.
He puts ease in every adversity so that we might find comfort in it. When we remember this promise, we will look for things to be grateful for in times of adversity because they are undoubtedly present.
Remembering Allah’s promises in the Quran can help you strengthen your trust in Him in any situation.
- Remember your weaknesses
We humans frequently forget something. And it is that we are full of flaws. We can even forget about our forgetfulness. That’s how helpless we are. We forget that we are constantly making bad decisions. We forget that we cannot foretell what will happen in the future.
What happens when we forget that we are frail and limited beings? We neglect to ask Allah, The All-Powerful, for assistance.
That is why Allah constantly showers us with calamity after calamity, knowing that the moment He allows us to be happy and everything in our lives is in order, we grow complacent and neglect to develop our connection to our Maker.
So remembering our flaws forces us to remember The Mighty One – Allah – who can actually assist us achieve in life.
- Keep your eyes on Jannah
There are many distractions and temptations in life that will draw us in many different directions, the majority of them are aimed to divert us from remembering Allah.
As wise Muslims, we must always have our ultimate goal in mind and ensure that everything we do leads us there. In this situation, it is Jannatul Firdaus (The Highest Heaven).
Prophet Muhammad SAW said,
“When you ask Allah for something, ask for Al-firdaus which is the best and highest part of Paradise.” (Sahih Bukhari)
So ask for the best from Allah. Ask for the highest heaven (Jannatul Firdaus) and keep your eyes on it.
Never lose sight of your destination, no matter what you do or where you go.
Part of believing Allah is confidence in His greatest reward for all of us.