Anas ibn Malik (ra) reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I untie her and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”
Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2517
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem
I am trying something new out again today! Hadith, or sayings and traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) are such an integral part in undersanding and practicing the beautiful faith of Islam. That is why I have decided, God willing, that at the beginning of every month I will pick a hadith that resonates with me and share it here with some explanation, in the hopes that you all can gain something from it as well!
In keeping with the spirit of accessibility for all on this blog, I will be posting them in English only, and anyone with some more advanced knowledge can go seek out the Arabic if they would like to read the original.
So, for our first hadith: tying your camel.
I absolutely love this hadith, because it pretty much sums up how faith in God works.
And it is basically this: you do your part here on the earth, you strive with your utmost capacity, and you trust the outcome of your strivings to God.
I know a couple of people that think that if they sit at home on their couch and pray really hard for their dream job, God will just send it to them, drop it straight in their lap. They say that they don’t need to take action, because they have “faith.”
That is not how it works. You have to say “Bismillah” and send in that application and resume, you have to supplicate for a good outcome while you get dressed for that interview, you have to put in the work once God has given you the job so they don’t fire you for being lazy.
I also want to point out the wording of this beautiful hadith: “Tie your camel and trust in Allah.”
It doesn’t mean do all that you can and then when you fail, you start praying for God to fix it. It doesn’t say, “tie your camel then trust in God.”
It says and. That means that all the time while you are doing your best, and working for whatever it is in this world that you want, you should have God on your mind. You should be praying to Him, you should be trusting that He will give you the outcome you are working towards. And you should trust him enough to know that if you do not get whatever it was that you were working so hard towards, that He has something much, much better planned for you.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this hadith. Are there any specific instances in your life where you have really seen this in action? Or do you struggle a bit with relinquishing the idea of control when the outcome is uncertain?