Trust in Allah but Tie your Camel

Well in today’s world, it would be more like lock your car, guess it depends on where you live.

If you got a camel then you don’t need to worry about gas prices, haha.

Basically the point of this post is to remind you and myself that it’s easy to say “it was meant to be” when things go wrong, but we need to remember that we should always try our best with what Allah swt has given us, then if it doesn’t work out then Alhumdulilah it’s all good. Allah swt is the best of planners and we should be conscious of that.

If Allah swt wills something then it will happen, but like Mufti Abdul Rehman ibn Yusuf says ” You do your best, and Allah swt will do the rest”.

For example if you call some guests over to your house to eat dinner and you don’t cook, the food isn’t going to drop from the sky or if you don’t study for a test on purpose and you fail you can’t blame it on the Qadr. The person who failed to prepare or put some effort in has no one to blame but themselves.

The reason I bring this issue up is because I often notice people do a poor job on something and the finished product or outcome is a failure and then they say ” it was meant to be”, sorry Allah swt says in the Qu’ran:

{And that man can have nothing but what he strives for.} (An-Najm 53:39)

In conclusion, there is a balance in everything. Of course we should always have in our heart that without the will of Allah swt nothing will occur, but Allah swt gave us the ability to raise our standards in everything we do and most importantly tie our camel.

Once you tried your hardest with all the resources you had available to you provided by Allah swt (and only you know what that is), then you can see what arises from the situation.

I end with a hadith by our beloved Prophet:

One day Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it and he asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” (At-Tirmidhi).

May Allah swt give us the ability to maximize our potential in life and give that which is only best for us in this world and for the hereafter, Ameen!

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  5. soft December 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm #


    One day a man ran up to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and said “O Prophet, I’m a good Muslim. I do everything required of me by God and then some.” The prophet praised the man for his fastidiousness and piety. The man continued, “Well, O Prophet, I do all this and I trust fully in God. When I went to the market today, I recited a prayer and asked God to please look after my camel while I shopped. I left the camel there and went to shop. When I returned, the camel was gone! Why didn’t God keep my camel safe?”

    The Prophet chuckled and replied “Brother, it is good that you trust in God… but always tie up your camel!”

    The moral of the story is: Faith is great, but at least take basic precautions also that “God helps those who help themselves”.

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