Gems from Al-Maghrib #3

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

[Extracted from Valley of Seekers Seminar: Living with the Beautiful Names of Allah]

Al-Wakeel: The Ultimate Trustee

(root: w-k-l: to appoint or entrust for the care or management of something. It also means to rely upon, confide in, lean upon, submit to). The One and only One who can be entrusted with the management and resolution of all affairs. The One who may be trusted to do better for us than we can do for ourselves.

(He Alone is) the Lord of the east and the west, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). So take Him Alone as Wakil (Disposer of your affairs). [73:9]

Such is Allah, your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian, etc.) over all things. [6:102]

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” [3:173]

Signs that you are entrusting your souls to the Ultimate Trustee:

  • Remembering to live with this name during hardship
  • Being tested
  • Not indulging in prohibited acts
  • Taking actions without over-reacting
  • Delegating your affairs to the Ultimate Trustee
  1. Tawakkul not Tawaakul!
  2. Tawakkul requires training

Anas Ibn Maalik said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Whoever says – i.e., when he is leaving his house – “Bismillah, tawwakaltu ‘ala Allah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billah (In the Name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah, and there is no power and no strength except with Allah),” It will said to him, “You are taken care of and protected,” and the Shaytan will leave him alone.”

[Reported by At-Tirmidhi and classified as Sahih by Sheikh Al-Albani.]

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