Sayiddinah Abu Bakr and Tawakul

Posted January 17th, 2012 & filed under Blog.


Sayiddinah Abu Bakr (may Allah be well pleased with him) sent his servant to carry some food for an evening meal to a certain lady, a widow who was caring for three or four orphans. They were a very poor family. When the servant arrived at the house and tried to pass the food to the lady she said: “Alhamdhulillah, the children have eaten and they are now sleeping. You may go and search for someone else who is need of this food tonight.” So, he return and he related to Sayiddinah Abu Bakr (ra)” You know, the lady told me so and so. But she should have taken the food and kept it until tomorrow. I don’t know why she did not keep the food.”

Sayiddinah Abu Bakr said: “Have you asked her this question?”. “No”, he said. “You go and ask her.”.

So he went and said: “Asalaamu’alaikum. Sister you should have kept the food until tomorrow and have it as a breakfast with your children.”. She replied: “Can you guarantee that I am going to live until tomorrow?”. Subhanallah, her faith and her trust in Allah, Almighty and Glorious is He, is differnt.

Many times we take leave of a person, a friend or colleague, and we say “See you tomorrow.”, and the next morning, or before we know it, they have passed away!. Or someone who was very poor becomes very rich and you ask him “What happened?” and replies “Allah Razaq”. And also the opposite, very rich becomes poor:

قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتَنزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَاءُ ۖ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ [٣:٢٦]

Say: “O Allah! Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou enduest with honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In Thy hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power.