Strengthening your trust in Allah is like learning any other skill. The more you commit to it, the stronger it gets. You don’t expect to lose weight without lifting a finger in the gym or the kitchen. You can’t expect to achieve your dream body, if you only exercise when you feel like it.

In the same way strengthening your trust in Allah doesn’t happen by chance. It’s a journey of immense spiritual growth. It’s a journey that cracks open your heart, arises your innermost vulnerabilities and when the wounds are still sore, that is when your heart fully connects and surrenders to Allah. Here I’m going to share 5 ways to deeply strengthen your trust in Allah.

1) Have a relationship with the Quran

Notice how I said have a ‘relationship’ with the Quran versus read more Quran. Do you read Quran out of love for Allah or because you ‘should’ read it? Do you read Quran because it makes you so happy, brightens up your day and gives you inner peace or because you’d feel guilty if you don’t? Whether you come from a place of love or guilt, effects the way you interact with the Quran. (Tip: choose love!)

Building a relationship with the Quran begins with reading it frequently and branches out to developing multiple ways of connection – read it, talk about it, study tafseer, learn Arabic, implement it and let your heart be open to receiving the guidance of the Quran. Notice the ayahs that resonate with your soul. Do you have a favourite Surah or an ayah that you keep coming back to? Is there a reciter that soothes all your worries? Infuse your life with the Quran such that you become a living, walking, talking embodiment of the Quran.

2) Make massive dua

“And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.”

(Surah Baqarah : Ayah 186)

Making massive, heart felt duas is life changing.

In the midst of severe depression, I clinged onto dua, by day and night because that was my only source of refuge. Dua was the single, most- powerful tool that transformed my life from living misery to blissful happiness. If you want to strengthen your trust in Allah, you need to be confiding in Him. Confiding in Him to such an extent that you pour your heart in your duas. Tell Allah everything as you do with your best friend. Share your fears, your worries, your dreams, your goals, your passions and anything else that matters to you. When you express your vulnerability to Allah, you begin to develop this unwavering conviction, that no matter what happens, Allah will be enough for you.

3) Let go of the outcome

Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) say, ‘If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They go out early in the morning hungry and return in the evening full.’” – (At-Tirmidhi)

This has been a major life lesson for me. Look, all the dua in the world won’t bring about an outcome, unless Allah decrees it. All the hardwork and productivity in the world won’t guarantee the results you seek, unless Allah has destined it for you. As with the birds mentioned in the hadith above, go about your day knowing that Allah will fully provide for you. Pour your heart into your work and life but leave the rest to Allah. Invest your efforts in the journey but let go of your attachment to the outcome. You plant the seed and let Allah grow the tree.

4) Think positive of Allah

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

trustAllahAs humans we have the tendency to overthink and worry about uncontrollable matters. That voice in our minds comes from our ego. Have you even felt so much peace after making dua even though nothing changed? Became your heart doesn’t need reasons to trust Allah. It is your mind (i.e. egoic voice) that latches onto reasons and frantically searches for ‘why’ you should be more hopeful in Allah.

Anytime you begin to doubt or worry, leave those thoughts in your mind and come back to the present moment. Connect to your heart and know that trusting Allah is enough. Don’t give yourself the headache of ‘how’ and ‘when’ things will work out because your egoic mind will never be satisfied.

5) Don’t underestimate Allah

When you fully trust Allah magical things happen. Cancer that’s suddenly cured. Relationships that you never thought were possible, eventually work out. Financial support that comes out of nowhere. Dreams that you never thought were possible for you, start happening right before your eyes. Don’t let your circumstances determine your faith in Allah. Even if everything is pointing in the complete opposite direction of what you desire, make immense dua and trust that Allah will make a way for you.

Now I want to hear from you, which of these 5 points do you want to strengthen? Do you have special dua story that was accepted and came true for you? Let me know Girl! (in the comments below).

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30 comments on “5 Ways to Strengthen Your Trust In Allah”

        • Wasalam Saida,

          Thank you for your question, what comes to mind is the hadith of trusting Allah as the birds do. You can read more here: https://thethinkingmuslim.com/2012/05/22/he-would-provide-for-you-as-he-provides-for-the-birds-ibn-uthyameen-explains/

          Umar said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They go out early in the morning hungry and return in the evening full.’” – Narrated by at-Tirmidhi and he said, “Hadith Hassan.”

          ((If you were to rely on Allah as He should be relied on)) meaning: [with a] true/genuine reliance on Allah, the Great and Almighty, [and with] a complete trust [in Him] with regards to seeking your sustenance and other things. ((He would provide for you as He provides for the birds)) The sustenance of the birds is on Allah because the birds do not have an owner, hence, they fly [wherever they please] in the air. They leave early in the morning from their nests to obtain the sustenance of Allah. ((They go out early in the morning hungry)) There is nothing in their stomachs when they go out during the early part of the day but they depend on their Lord Almighty ((and return)) meaning they return in the later part of the day ((full)) meaning with filled stomachs from the sustenance of Allah.

          (Taken from the article link mentioned above). I hope this helps inshaAllah xx

  1. I have prayed and prayed and I am losing my faith. Not only am I unemployed, but I am also getting sick regularly and my body is attacking itself. Yet all I see is how beautiful my friends’ lives are. Why am I being tested for more than 2 years? I gave up Duaa recently, I have poured my heart out and trusted Allah but I am still sick, unemployed and financially challenged.
    People assume that I haven’t tried enough, I sought every avenue from career counseling to networking, to applying overseas but nothing worked.
    I hate to say it, but I am losing faith.

    • If things are taking longer than you’d like, be prepared to receive more than what you could ever expect 💗

      Take a day or two off… away from all of this mind chatter (coming from your inner mean girl/ ego). I think that’s the place to start from – giving yourself a break from all of this – mentally and physically. Spend a few days where you’ve completely stopped thinking about what’s not happening. When you’re in the situation, it’s easy to get stuck within it but that’s not going to take you out from it, so give yourself a break from it all.

      You are not powerless. Your situation isn’t hopeless no matter how much it feels that way. After giving yourself a few days off, come back to what you do want in your life. Journal on what you would love to have. Day by day keep building and strengthening your faith – by focusing on what you do want, by looking for the littlest of things that you’re soo happy for, like the bed you sleep on/ feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, little things that make you so happy. This is the time to work on your self-love – your mindset.

      It is tough but you will get through this – You’ve got it in you 💗 The fact that you’re on this blog and have commented to seek support, you’ve got that strength to get yourself out of this. I hope this helps, have a read of the posts on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/inspiredandfabulous/ – which I go into more about dua/ letting go of the outcome/ why is it taking so long etc. It may help inshaAllah. Feel free to reach out for any more support, Much love xx

  2. This post and the feedback from other readers is very beautiful. I found every word inspiring. I am glad I found this post. These reminders are what I need right now. Indeed it is a blessing to understand and use the power of faith in Allah and the power of dua.
    Thank you so very much for sharing this post.

  3. Jazakhillah khayr for this beautiful post and advice. it brings back memories of one incident in my life, it was quite a while ago … I basically refused to go back to university because of the interest based tuition fees and I felt so fearful and accountable to Allah.

    what made the situation harder was the fact that my father was extremely upset with me for thinking to drop out of university. I told him i would only go if i had the money to pay for it myself. We clashed over this many times until finally i made up my mind, i wasn’t going.

    the consequence was my father being disappointed and upset with me, much pressure and we didn’t speak for a while but I cried soooo hard to Allah that I did this for him and it resulted in the breakdown of me and my fathers relationship.

    after much dua and patience, my father came back to me with a change of heart and offered me an opportunity to go abroad and study Arabic in Egypt. I was so surprised by the change of events and alhamdulilah i accepted and the situation turned out for the better all because of trusting in Allah and putting his pleasure and happiness first.

    one ayah that sums up that whole experience:

    وَاتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ “Fear Allah and He will Teach you.” (Surah al-Baqarah:282)

    I may have not gone to university, but I was given a better opportunity, to learn the language of the Quran and sunnah in Egypt. Alhamdulilah

    • Just to clarify when I said:

      “I cried soooo hard to Allah that I did this for him and it resulted in the breakdown of me and my fathers relationship.”

      What I meant was that doing actions to please Allah will sometimes cause the creation to be displeased with you and some times relationships break down, it shouldn’t matter. There is no obedience to the creation in the disobedience to the creator. Hardship and tests will come to see whether we are sincere…but we still do it for his sake because it’s what he commands us to do and also the creation will love you in the end, once they see you acting upon the truth.

    • Such a beautiful story 💗💗💗💗 Amazing!!! That’s exactly the power of trusting Allah and it always works out in your favour – soo beautiful alhumdulilah ✨

      Your story reminds me of this ayah: ‘And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things” (Surah 65:03) Really touching – I’m so glad that it worked out for you (it always does), I hope your enjoying your studying too! xx

  4. Jazakillahu Khairan for the article; some really beautiful points made <3

    Before I started med school, I was anxious about taking out the student loans that cover the £9000 yearly fees, especially because of the interest that would build up. I remember making constant Du'aa to Allah that he makes me financially capable so I can cope with the fees, and all the while I'd be thinking I have no idea where this money could come from but I would immediately remember the Ayaah in Surah Talaq:

    'And whosoever has Taqwa of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out. And He will provide him from where he never could imagine…' (65:2)

    So I started university Alhamdulilah and on the very first day our course leader says 'Oh by the way, do you know that you're all eligible for a bursary that'll cover the entire year's tuition fees.?'

    SubhanAllah I was absolutely gobsmacked!!! And it literally came from a source that I could not have imagined..Wa lillahil hamd 🙂

  5. Allahumma baarik! I thank Allah to have found your blog! May Allah bless you and reward you abundantly.
    I am a big believer in du’a and having good/positive thoughts about Allah. I love the ayaat and ahadith shared here.
    I’ve read Qur’an since I was young but only recently started understanding the ayaat. You start to enjoy the ayaat, the stories that are told intrigue you, you get a connection in your heart with the ayaat, they move you, you feel them. SubhaanAllah! Wallah it’s amazing how making dua and putting your trust in Allah changes your life. Alhamdulillah for the blessing of Dua, I thank Allah for letting me know about it and firmly believing in it.

    What helps me about accepting the outcome of my dua is programming my mind from morning to say Alhamdulillah as my first response to anything that happens. That has greatly improved how I react to things initially. Saying alhamdulillah even when my mind is protesting and cannot fully comprehend why I am saying it, I say it. It makes me take whatever happens, to Allah before responding. On not underestimating Allah, I’m always in awe when my duas are responded to or when my days and affairs are taken care of.

    I’m still improving on all the points you have mentioned. Adding to them I’d say Sujud al shukr and salat al duha. Powerful stuff! SubhaanAllah.
    I thank you for this post. May Allah increase you in goodness. Jazaakumullah khair. I love you for the sake of Allah ❤❤❤

    • I love your tips, especially the part on not underestimating Allah 💖💖💖💖 It really is life-changing. I’m looking forward to giving that a go – training my mind to say ALhumdullilah before anything else… I LOVE that part of taking things to Allah before responding 💖

      Thank you soo much for your kind words and support. Ameen and may Allah bless you with abundant happiness and success in both worlds,

      Have a wonderful day x

  6. It’s hard to choose one when all of ithe points are true.
    But i think, i will go with the first point first. Understanding the quran, contemplating, implementating and hold it dearly to my life will surely leads to the rest of the other points given. Of course, without forgetting the sunnah as well as they come in a package for muslims.
    MasyaAllah sister, may Allah bless you for this wonderful sharing.

  7. Let go of the outcome. That is what I have to work on! I often think of all the negative consequences or mistakes that can happen before I start something. No wonder the Beloved Prophet PBUH said ‘what if’ is from the Satan.

  8. Seeking Islamic knowledge about why we suffer helped me a lot.

    Everything in life is a test of worship. Realise that this is a test from Allah (swt).
    Seek and strive to please Allah (swt).
    Accept Allah’s decree (a form of submission)
    Try to trust in Allah.
    Say “Alhamdulillah” from the heart as an act of worship.
    Patience (a form of submission) and perseverance
    Work for Allah (swt) and Jannah
    Look forward to Jannah, get closer to Jannah
    Get closer to Allah and have a better relationship with Him
    emerge as a stronger Muslim and servant of Allah
    Forgiveness of sins; purification (there is meaning and purpose to suffering)
    Raising in rank
    These are some of the wisdoms and reasons (everything happens for a reason) behind suffering.

    “Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tested?” (Qur’an 29:2)

    “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.” (Qur’an 67:2)

    “And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.” (Qur’an 21:35)

    “Allah would not leave the believers in that [state] you are in [presently] until He separates the evil from the good.” (Qur’an 3:179)

    “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” (Qur’an 2:214)

    “And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.” “ (Quran 7:172)

    “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Quran 2:216)

    The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The real patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1302)
    Reference: http://sunnah.com/bukhari/23/61

    Allah will reward you for every bit of suffering you go through in life.
    “Muslim (2572) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allaah will record a hasanah (good deed) for him thereby, or erase from him a sin.” “
    Source: https://islamqa.info/en/32690
    The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5641, 5642) Source: http://sunnah.com/urn/52930

    The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
    “The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.”َ
    [Grade : Hasan (Darussalam)
    Reference: Sunan Ibn Majah 4031]
    Source: http://www.sunnah.com/urn/1291310

    “If Allah intends good for someone, then He afflicts him with trials.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari 5321)
    Source: http://abuaminaelias.com/patience-with-trials-and-tribulations/

    “There is no Muslim who is stricken with a calamity and says what Allaah has enjoined – ‘Verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allaah, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with something better’ – but Allaah will compensate him with something better.” (Muslim 918)
    Source: https://islamqa.info/en/71236

  9. O yes… we definitely need to let go of the outcome more than we do ~ but its sooo hard. SubhanAllah.

    Its hard especially when we have made grand plans, carefully set up all the steps, prayed for what we want and then awaiting the exact results we desire. But more often than not, what we get may be an unexpected *BANG* where things go in a different direction.

    I love the hadith that gives the example of the birds. Surely we need to be like that, put in our best effort and leave the rest to Him ~ The All-Knowing.

  10. I seriously needed this post you have no idea! I want to strengthen all of these points but especially letting go of the outcome. I rely so much on what I think should happen or what I think it best but I need to remember that Allah (swt) has superior plans, even if I can’t see the good in them right away. <3

  11. “And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.”

    HE surely is always near to us but it’s just us who need to work on our side. I always leave everything to Him instead of worrying about things in life. Problems are never ending but HE knows best and is the best planner.

  12. LOVE #3. It can be SO easy to forget to “let go of the outcome”. I am a huge type A personality so it can be scary for me to not have everything planned. It is something I have to actively work on every single day. Lovely reminders.

  13. “Don’t let your circumstances determine your faith in Allah. Even if everything is pointing in the complete opposite direction of what you desire, make immense dua and trust that Allah will make a way for you.” This is SO true.

    This was one of the greatest lessons I learned back when I did the visionnaire program (by Muhammad Al-Shareef). We went through a couple of exercises where we illustrated, visioned, made excessive dua and repeatedly talked about our dreams to ourselves as if they are going to happen tomorrow. over and over. and it was magical how everything fell into place just because we believed in them to the point of actual reality.

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