When a Muslim sets out to do something, he must do the
following: he must plan with caution, and he must put his trust in Allah. The
Prophet (bpuh), who was protected by Allah and who had stronger trust in Allah
than anyone else, wore armor in battle. A man asked the Prophet (bpuh),
"Should I tie my camel to the post or should I put my trust in Allah?"
The Prophet (bpuh) said,
"Tie it up and put your trust in Allah."
When you take appropriate steps to reach your goal,
and when at he same time you put your trust in Allah, you have implemented two important
principles of Islamic Monotheism. To trust in Allah without taking appropriate
measures --- i.e. without making an effort o achieve one's goals --- is a
contemptible misunderstanding of the religion. And to take appropriate measures
without trusting in Allah means that there is a defect in one's faith in Allah.
An Arab poet said:
"The slow cautious person will achieve part of
his goals, While the impetuous hasty one will often fail."
By being circumspect in your affairs, you will not
have acted contrary to your belief in pre-ordainment; but rather, you will have
implemented a fundamental part of it.
(And let him be careful….) (Quran 18: 19)
(To protect you from the heat [and cold], and coats of
mail to protect you from your [mutual] violence.) (Qur'an 16: