Once there was a trader who was very strong in his faith, and in all matters, he always placed his faith in ALLAH. For his business matters, he often used to travel from Syria to Madinah. Once, he was traveling and confronted by robbers, who drew their swords and intended to kill the trader.
“If you want my wealth, then come and take away my wealth and leave me alone,” the robber said that it was necessary to kill him because if I let him go free, you would identify me to the authorities. After hearing this, this trader requested that I give time because I have to offer two Rakat prayers.
The robber allowed him to offer his prayer. He engaged himself in prayers. After completing the prayer, the trader raised his hands and said: dear lord, I have heard from your beloved Prophet (PBUH) that the person who trusts you shall remain protected. I am alone in this desert and have no helper; my only hope is your grace.
Faith in Allah:
Having placed all his trust in Allah (SWT), the trader had hardly finished his prayer when a person on a white horse appeared. When the rider came close, he confronted the robber and killed him with his sword. Then the rider said to the trader,
“O’ You, who places your trust in Allah (SWT)! I have killed the enemy of Allah (SWT), and He has delivered you from him.”
The trader was surprised and asked,
“Who are you that you have come to my assistance in this desert?”
He answered, “I am your faith.” Allah (SWT) brought me out as an Angel, and I was in the heavens when Angel Jibril said to me.
“Hasten to the assistance of your master and exterminate his enemy,” and I came here to help you.”
After saying this, he disappeared out of sight.
The trader fell in the worship of thanksgiving to Allah (SWT) and acquired a stronger conviction concerning the instructions of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (saws) regarding Tawakkul.
On reaching Madinah, the trader went to the beloved Prophet (PBUH) and told him the whole story. The Prophet (Pbuh) said:
“Indeed! Tawakkul raises a person to the pinnacle of success, and the rank of a person who possesses it is equivalent to the ranks of the Prophets, the friends of Allah (SWT), the righteous ones, and the martyrs.”
Allah says in the Quran
فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ”
Put your trust in Allah; indeed, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).
إِن يَنصُرْكُمُ ٱللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِن يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَنصُرُكُم مِّنۢ بَعْدِهِۦ ۗ وَعَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ
If Allāh should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who can aid you after Him? And upon Allah, let the Believers rely upon.
Benefits of Faith
One of the significant benefits of faith is that it can relieve us from unnecessary anxiety, worry, and resulting depression from the challenges we may face. By believing that all our affairs are in Allah’s hands and we can do only what is in our control, we leave the results to Allah and accept His decree, whatever it may be. Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali said,
“The fruit of faith is the acceptance of Allah’s decree. Whoever leaves his affairs to Allah and then accepts what he is given has truly relied on Allah. Al-Hassan and others among the salaf defined tawakkul as ridhaa (acceptance).”
The believers who have faith will attribute everything to the Will and Satisfaction of Allah (SWT). He will thus be penetrating with obedience. Such a man will not be arrogant and willful. By fully trusting Allah and relying on Him, we are not depressed by what we have lost or intoxicated by our success.