Reliance + Expecting Good from Allah SWT = Allah SWT’s Love

No calamity befalls, but by the Leave [i.e. Decision and Qadar (Divine Preordainments)] of Allâh, and whosoever believes in Allâh, He guides his heart [to the true Faith with certainty, i.e. what has befallen him was already written for him by Allâh from the Qadar (Divine Preordainments)], And Allâh is the All-Knower of everything. (11) Allâh! Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), And in Allâh (Alone), therefore, let the believers put their trust. (13) O you who believe! Verily, among your wives and your children are your enemies (who may stop you from the obedience of Allâh), therefore beware of them! But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (14) Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allâh! With Him is a great reward (Paradise). (15) So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey; and spend in charity, that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones. (16) [Surah At-Taghabun]

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  • Ibn al Qayyim (R) has said: “The more you have good expectations of your Lord and hope in Him, the more you will rely on and trust in Him. This is why some explained true reliance and trust to be having good expectations of Allah. In reality, having good expectations of Him leads to relying on and trusting in Him, as it is unthinkable that one can trust in someone that he has bad expectations of or no hope in, and Allah Knows best.” [Tahdhib Madarij as-Salikin’, pp. 240]

– He has also said, “The one who hopes in Allah should always be optimistic, cautious, and hopeful in Allah’s bounty, expecting the best from Him.” [Tahdhib Madarij as-Salikin’, pp. 300]

  • Sayyid Qutb (R) has said, ” The believing heart assumes the best of its Lord, and always expects the best from Him. It expects good from Him in times of ease and times of hardship, and it believes that Allah wants good for him in either situation. The secret of this is that his heart is connected to Allah, and the flow of good from Allah is never cut off. So, whenever the heart is connected to Him, it touches upon this fundamental reality and experiences it in a direct and sweet way.” [Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ (6/3219) ]

To me, having good hopes from Allah SWT is the quickest way to come out of any regret of past and worry of future. It works like a medicine to an unsettled heart. It’s like telling yourself that Allah SWT cannot desert you because you relied on Him in times of ease and difficulty. It’s like making yourself understand that Allah SWT has already taken care of things and all I have to do now as a slave is just be pleased with it. I may not know what, why and how things happened. That’s not my concern anyway. But I do know what I need to know and that is…there’s goodness for a believer in everything decreed for him. There’s goodness for me to be singled out for this test. Only a fool will not happily accept this because the reward is immense. If the reward is immense, is it not befitting the trial to be of an equal if not greater difficulty level?

 “Verily, Allah loves those who rely on Him.” [Ale `Imraan, 3:159]

And Allah SWT knows best.

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