Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 15, 2007

Tie your Camel first and then Trust Allah

So this is an issue a lot of devout Muslim academics and students face. It has to do with either studying and not praying, or praying and not studying. Or doing both. The ideal is to do both. And yet, this is why devout Muslims screw up because they get cocky and think duaa is all they need and study just a little bit, expecting something miraculous.

Duaa is all you need, but it’s more than that. If duaa was all we needed than we wouldn’t need to pray either. It goes back to the hadith about the man who said he did not need to tie his camel because he has trust in Allah. Rasulullah SAAWS told him to tie his camel and then put his trust in Allah. This hadith is somewhat confusing but makes perfect sense. Why would the rope be there, if not to tie the camel? A similar situation comes up with certain people who refuse to take medicine when sick, saying they rely solely upon Allah. Again, why would Allah then create the medicine?

It seems arrogant for a person to think that they are above the needs of ordinary human beings and that Allah SWT has made them special. One has to ask in this relationship between slave and Master–who is the slave now and who is the Master? Do you believe now that Allah is your slave and you are the Master?
It’s easy for this to happen because afterall, there is nothing that can breed arrogance as powerfully as religion; believing you are more religious than others, no matter how much you may deny it consciously, if it is true that you are more religious than everyone–you may make the obvious leap of logic without ever realizing it.

But remember, even the Messenger of God SAAWS got sick, took medicine and performed the duties of an average person. He was afterall merely a human being.

Subhana kalahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


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