Unlearning lessons on control

Mohamedarif-Suleman The writer Mohamedarif Mohamed Suleman (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) is a digital marketing specialist and an Educator-cum-Trainer. He has involved himself in community organisations and matters from a young age, and through his writings, continues to speak of social and cultural reform to this day. He is also the founding moderator of this forum.

He has involved himself in community organisations and matters from a young age, and through his writings, continues to speak of social and cultural reform to this day. He is also the founding moderator of this forum. He started his community service in 1988 at the Hussein Madrasa DSM, where he pioneered extra-curricular activities for boys including Brain of the Husseini Madressa and the then Debating Society. 

He has served in several formal capacities in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, where he lived for 15 years.  This included SAAJ Nairobi Hon Secretary, Hon Secretary Central Bilal Board, and the first Hon Secretary of AFTab. He currently serves as a member of the Constitution Review Committee of Dar es Salaam Jamaat. Mohamedarif has been writing since his teenage days, first for a school newsletter, then becoming the editor of Knowledge Magazine before venturing into The Community on Friday.

He is a graduate in Business Management with an emphasis in marketing, holds a Master’s in International Business, and is a Certified Google SEO expert as well as a Certified Verifier, Assessor and Teacher with BTEC UK. Professionally, he is involved in Digital Media marketing as well as Education.



n keeping with the topic of Tawakkul, or Having trust in Allah (SWT), a rather relevant subject in a fast-flashing, neck-break society like never seen before, perhaps the most enduring practice of all is to first unlearn lessons taught to us about control from our early days, and then relearn the chapter on resting our trust in the Supreme.

As life fleets by, and the hot blood years are waged, the realisation about how little one can control in his or her life, dawns, and this is the precise point where the new learning can be mighty useful, if not functional. It is clear to all by now, that the years of competitiveness taught to us by makers of mundane curricula, were designed for this day and age – a time when space is less, dominance is more and the ever-widening gap in wealth and power means that there is a horrid prospect of hopelessness that is sure to creep in for many, if not most.

With the ongoing tribulations of an inequitable society, where individuality reigns atop all other agendas, it is not hard to imagine how helpless and miserable some may be, to whom a positive change in life seems like an endless journey and an unattainable dream. During such dire days, the absence of the knowledge that not everything is in our control can be a pleasing and helpful ally, to prevent mental and social breakdowns of sorts. After all, as the stoics tell us in The Paradox of Control – ‘What you try to control, controls you’

The paradox of control develops over time like a storm. Every change in strategy feels like a slight darkening of the skies, and every error is like a bolt of white lightning. Our natural tendencies push us to get back what we have lost.

A key component of many religious rituals and beliefs across the globe is trust in God. The conviction that one can rely on God to help them through life’s trials and provide them the fortitude, bravery, and insight to overcome hardships. Those who believe in God find comfort and peace of mind in their faith because it gives them a sense of security in a chaotic world. Many religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism, among others, are based on the idea of trusting in God.

In Christianity, believing in God is frequently viewed as a necessary component of faith. It is the conviction that God is constantly close by, constantly concerned about His followers, and constantly ready to lend a hand. This faith is founded on the concept that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving and that He has a purpose for our lives, even if we don’t always comprehend it.

Bitachon, or faith in God, is a Jewish concept. It is the conviction that God is dependable and trustworthy and that individuals who put their faith in Him will be protected and led by Him. This faith is founded on the conviction that God is the universe’s creator and that He has a plan for everyone of us. Jews are urged to have faith in God and to trust Him to assist them overcome their difficulties, even in the face of adversity.

Shradha, or faith in God, is a concept in Hinduism. It is the conviction that God is the source of all reality and that He ultimately has power over everything. Hindus are urged to put their faith in God and give Him control over their wants and attachments. This confidence is founded on the conviction that God is the fount of all wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge, and that He will lead those who seek Him out.

Islam refers to faith in God as tawakkul. It is the conviction that God alone can provide the best direction, safety, and sustenance. Muslims are urged to put their faith and their needs, both material and spiritual, in God. This faith is founded on the conviction that God is merciful and kind, and that He will take care of people who place their faith in Him.

And whosoever puts his trust in Allah then He will suffice him.” ~ Quran 65:3.

The Arabic word tawakkul refers to the Islamic idea of unwavering faith in God’s purpose. It entails complete reliance on God alone and entire faith in Him, which is incredibly freeing.

Regardless of the exact religious tradition, faith in God is frequently viewed as a means of achieving inner tranquillity and a sense of purpose in life. It is the conviction that there is a greater power looking over us and that we are not alone in the world. This trust can provide us solace in difficult situations and also empower us to meet obstacles head-on.

But having faith in God goes beyond just being consoling in adversity. It also involves leading a devoted and religious life. When we put our faith in God, we are obligated to obey His rules and live in accordance with His will. This calls for a strong commitment to our religion and the capacity to have faith in God even though we may not fully comprehend His ways.

In conclusion, many religious traditions place a strong emphasis on having faith in God. It is the conviction that we can rely on God to lead us through life’s difficulties and to provide us with the courage and knowledge we need to face problems. Those who embrace this concept may find comfort and tranquillity in it, and this trust may also enable us to lead lives of piety and devotion. While it may take on diverse forms in many religious traditions, faith in God is a potent force that can give our life direction and significance.

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