Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tawakal vs. tawakkal


AlHamdulillah, last sunday we learned from Habib Ali Zainal Abidin (may Allah preserve him) that we should mind our spelling, that tawakal is not the same as tawakkal. Ahah! You thought they meant the same thing? No they don't.

He said:
Tawakal is depending completely on Allah without investing on any means e.g. one who lets his camel loose upon entering a masjid. Whereas, tawakkal is to tie up one's camel and then enter the masjid. By the same token tawakkal means to abandon one's dependency on the means (e.g. tying up the camel) as well as to depend on the Musabbib (Allah). [That the camel will be safe not because one has secured it but because Allah will protect it]. Therefore, Habib Ali said, do not depend on the cause.

There is a verse in the Qur'an where Allah asked Saydatina Maryam a.s.(who was on the verge of giving birth) to shake a date palm tree. Obviously a heavily pregnant woman will not have enough strength to shake a tree. But Saydatina Maryam's attitude was that she would resort to a "cause" (shake the tree) while not depending on it (not depending on her effort). Logically speaking, no amount of shaking could make the dates fall off the tree, but she did it anyway. Habib Ali Zainal Abidin said, "that's the kind of attitude we should have". In other words, put in the effort but do not depend on the effort; depend on Allah instead.

Habib Ali Zainal Abidin

That's what we learned last sunday. Interestingly enough, Habib Ali Al Jifri had on saturday tweet about the same issue, he said: "Taking the means is worship. Depending on means is sin!"

So people, lock your car, keep your purse safe, and go seize the day!
Habib Ali's majlis ta'alim was hosted by KL Ba'alawi

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