Essence of Trust

….”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.”
— (2:216)

To me, this ayah represents the true essence of what it means to trust in Allah SWT. In today’s world, with trials and tests all around and within us, it becomes very easy to lose sight of what is actually important in life, and it is even easier to become preoccupied with the dunya. Things that do not benefit us spiritually become the focus of our lives, and Islam often takes the backseat. Once we stop focusing on building ourselves up spiritually and focus more on worldly affairs, that is when we do not fully trust Allah SWT’s commands. Orders that are meant to benefit us are looked at with disdain and doubt. We attempt to justify things that we like to do, in the hopes that those are what truly benefit us in the akhira. However, in Surah al-Baqara, Allah SWT clearly states that we may hate something that benefits us, and we may love something that harms us. That is the reality of it. But above all things, we must keep in mind that Allah SWT knows all, and as humans and his servants, we have no way of knowing what is best for us.