One thing I’ve realized is that as you grow up, the amount of responsibility, the amount of things you have to worry about or think about exponentially increases. The bliss of being carefree in childhood being is definitely long gone and as you leave your teenage years behind and start entering adulthood and early 20’s…almost everyone goes through this crisis or struggle to figure out what and how they want to structure the rest of their life. What degree do I want? What will I do with that degree? Do I want to go to graduate school? Do I want to get married now? How am I going to go about that? Do I want to have kids? What city do I want to live permanently? Where do I want to settle down? There are endless questions, endless things to thing about and plan out but sometimes we get so caught up in the planning and piecing together of our future that we forget who really is in charge of our affairs.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “And rely upon Allah ; and sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” [33:3]
In this ayah Allah commands us to rely upon, trust Him because He is enough, He is sufficient as a “wakeel”. Linguistically, a wakeel is someone who one relies on to take care of things. You can thing of a wakeel as a trustee, kind of like a lawyer who you put forth your matter or concern to, expecting them to take care of it. Allah is wakeel, Allah is the one who takes care of everything, He is the one that’s in charge of our affairs, and who better to leave all our affairs up to except Allah- who is Hakeem (the Most Wise), who is Raheem (the Most Merciful)? SubhanAllah this is very comforting to remember.
No matter how confused we are in our life, no matter how many worries we have, we have to remember that Allah is the wakeel, Allah is the one that is controlling our affairs. We must of course put effort in, but realize that we are not in control of anything. As human beings we are very limited, we only see what is now but Allah has knowledge of now and the future so we trust Allah, realizing that only He is the one we can completely and totally rely on. If it’s best for us in this dunya and the next we pray to Allah to guide us towards it, and if its not good for us in this dunya and the next, we pray Allah to protect us from it.
The Prophet (sws) would make a very powerful du’a and plead and call out to Allah and say: “O Allāh, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshiped except You.” Ameen! InshAllah we too can incorporate this du’a into our daily lives and be amongst those that rely on Allah alone inshAllah!