Hadith on Reliance: Faith and Provision The Bird’s Example

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2344
‘Umar bin Al-Khattab narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said: “If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.”

  • According to Islamic belief, everything ultimately comes from Allah, including provisions and blessings, regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs. This hadith emphasizes the importance of relying on Allah and trusting Him for provision. In the context of non-Muslims, while they may not recognize or attribute their provisions to Allah, Islamic belief still maintains that all provision ultimately comes from Him. Non-Muslims may acquire their sustenance and worldly possessions through various means, such as their efforts, skills, opportunities, and external circumstances. Islamic teachings acknowledge that individuals, regardless of their religious beliefs, can experience success and have their needs met in this world. However, Muslims are encouraged to have faith in Allah’s ability to provide and to seek His blessings and guidance in all aspects of life. This includes recognizing and acknowledging Allah as the ultimate source of provision. Therefore, the hadith highlights the importance of relying on Allah and trusting in His provision, irrespective of an individual’s religious affiliation. It encourages Muslims to place their complete trust and reliance on Allah.