Imam Zijad’s Corner: Tie Your Camel First – Do Your Share

Tie Your Camel First – Do Your ShareReported by Abu Huraira (r) that Muhammad that: “One day Prophet Muhammad (S) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, Why don’t you tie down your camel? The Bedouin answered, I put my trust in Allah. The Prophet (S) then said, “Tie your camel first and then put your trust in Allah.” (Tirmidhi)

Transliteration: “I’qilha, fatawakkal ‘alallah.”

How many of us tie our camels first, before putting our trust in Allah? Muslims must never become fatalistic.  Although we know only Allah is in control and that He has decreed all things, we are each responsible for making the right choices and doing the right thing in all situations of our lives.  We must take action. We must work to alleviate the hardships that we face.

We must remember that while we need to carry out our duties to the best of our abilities, we always also need to remember that we don’t control the outcome of events. Even the Prophets did not control the outcome of their efforts. Some were successful, others were not.

Once we have done our duty, let’s leave the results to Allah. Regardless of the results, we will be rewarded for our good intentions and the actions that followed those intentions. We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our reaction to our circumstances.