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Jumada II  1438

Volume 33 No 3

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Trust In GOD

[3:160] If GOD supports you, none can defeat you. And if He abandons you, who else can support you? In GOD the believers shall trust.

[42:36] Whatever you are given is no more than temporary material of this life. What GOD possesses is far better and everlasting, for those who believe and trust in their Lord.

[11:123] To GOD belongs the future of the heavens and the earth, and all matters are controlled by Him. You shall worship Him and trust in Him. Your Lord is never unaware of anything you do.

As a submitter, I must implore God regularly. Thereafter, I must trust in God. From the above verses, I’d like to point out three observations.

First, as God says in 3:160, if God supports me, none can defeat me. And if God abandons me, none can support me. Trust in God.

Imagine if you were involved in a sporting event, let’s just say basketball.  The team you are about to compete against consisted of the top five ranked players in the world.  Your team consisted of you and four other people that were not basketball

professionals.  If God supported you and wanted you to win the game, there is nothing your five opponents could do to stop your team.  The same is true if you had all the top players on your team and God wanted you to lose the game.

Second, we have to realize that we do not always know what is best for us on this earth and we have to focus on the bigger picture. As it says in 42:36 above, the earthly things we desire—for example, doing well on a test to get a promotion—are only temporary materials of this life. The bigger picture is to worship and please God. What God possesses is far better and everlasting. Trust in God.

In my case, I was working toward getting a promotion—studying, imploring. I wanted the outcome to be to get the promotion, but I got a rejection letter. I need to trust God that I didn’t get that promotion because it was not the best for me at that time.

Third, 11:123 tells us that to God belongs the future, and everything is controlled by Him. God is never unaware of anything. Trust in God.

So, no matter what happens to us we

must recognize that it is by God’s leave. We need to remember to work to get God on our side. This world is an illusion. And God is controlling everything. In all three verses, the commonality is that God tells us to trust God.

The scientific ways of defining trust show that the term has many meanings. It can be defined as beliefs one has in others, or it can be defined by the actual choices people make in their dealings with others. Trust is also the willingness to make one’s self vulnerable to another person in order to achieve some potential benefit. It is the willingness to run the risk of exploitation by another person in the hope that the other person will honor that trust rather than abuse it. This is “expectation” trust. People may act in a selfless way to another individual to create an expectation that the other individual will return the favor sometime in the future. They may act in ways to establish a reputation as kind and generous people who are deserving of reciprocal favors. By helping another person—even one who cannot reciprocate—an individual signals to others that he or she can be trusted in mutually beneficial interactions. In most, if

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