[Study] Depending on Allaah???

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Q: Depending on Allaah does not mean that you throw yourself in a swimming pool when you do not know how to swim, or endanger your life in a physical sport without training. What is the real sense of depending on Allaah?

A: Depending on Allaah means entrusting all of one’s affairs to Him alone. It is one of the fundamentals of faith, according to the Words of Allaah: “And upon Allaah depend, if you are believers.” (5:23)

It is also one of the strong spiritual means for accomplishing objectives and serving one’s interests. But the believer must also observe, along with this dependence, other means, whether they are acts of worship, such as Du’aa, performing prayer, giving charitable donations, or maintaining good relations with one’s kin.
One should also make use of material means that Allaah has made as a cause for fulfilling needs, such as those mentioned by the inquirer in his question, and their like. One should follow the example of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). He made use of other convenient means with perfect dependence on Allaah, the Exalted. Therefore he who neglects available means, being satisfied with depending on Allaah alone, would oppose the guidance of the Messenger (peace be upon him). In that case, his dependence would be in effect a form of despondency, not legal dependence.

The Permanent Committee

Fataawaa Islaamiyyah, Vol. 1, Pg. 24

Baarakallaahu feekunna.
Was salaamu ‘alaikunna
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