In the light of the Holy Hadith
Be Like A Bird
Umar (R) said “I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying: “If you all depend on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with full belly at dusk”.
(At-Tirmidhi – 2344; Ibn Mazah – 4164)
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the above Hadith, our Prophet (PBUH) said us to be like a bird. Birds have inspired humans throughout history with their ability to rise above the earth. Birds soaring through the air stir our souls, motivating us to rise above earthly concerns and learn about the spiritual realm.
We wish to fly, and we want to be free like a bird, but do not want to leave the illusion of the world by trusting in Allah like a bird. The reason birds have freedom and we do not have is simply because they have perfect Yaqeen (firm belief) and Tawakkul (trust and reliance) in the almighty Allah. Yaqeen and Tawakkul are two critical things every Muslim must add to his character to increase their faith like a bird. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) commands us to put our trust solely in Allah as birds put.
Allah created everything by attributing them to causes, and He wants us to act in accordance with those causes. For instance, you are very hungry and some food is served, but you do not stretch your hand to it under the pretext that you are reliant; this is mere madness, and it does not belong to Tawakkul. If you expect that Allah Almighty would subjugate an angel to chew and swallow it and convey it to your stomach on your behalf, you than are ignorant of the established norms of Allah for this earth. Similarly, if you do not study regularly and say, “I trust in Allah and rely on Allah; He will give me whatever I will be given” does not mean Tawakkul but to act lazily. You have to be faithful to Allah, and you have to work hard like a bird.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey