The Qur’anic word “Al-Amanah” or what can be translated to English as “Trust”. The subject of Trust is so important in our daily lives: If people trust one another and if they act accordingly, they will live in peace and harmony. If we do not trust one another and we do not act righteously, we will create a state of anarchy, confusion and disturbance in the society.
Allah (swt) instructed us to put our trust in Him, because Allah Himself is the One Who fulfills His promises. He commanded us to fulfill our own promises, too. He says in Surah An-Nisa’ (The Women): “God doth command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom they are due; …” (4:58)
The concept of Al-Amanah (Trust) has been given to us since the time Allah created mankind. Allah offered the responsibility of trust to the universe, and every creation refused to assume the responsibility. The only creature who agreed to assume this heavy responsibility is man. In this respect, Allah tells us about His offer of trust to the universe in Surah Al-Ahzab (The Confederates): “We did indeed offered the trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof: but man undertook it; he was indeed unjust and foolish;” (33:72)
Allah has instructed us to fulfill our pledges, our promises and our commitments. Any time we make a promise, we have to fulfill it so that we will be considered among the believers who fulfill their covenants, their promises and their agreements. In Surah Al-Mu’minun (The Believers), Allah says the following about the good qualities of the believers: “Those who are faithfully true to their trusts and to their covenants; and those who strictly guard their prayers. These are indeed the inheritors who shall inherit Paradise.” (23:8-11)
We should remember that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called “Al-Amin”: The Trustworthy Person. He fulfilled all of his promises from his childhood until his death. He never betrayed anyone, and he never lied in his life. He was the best example of a human to all of mankind.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) explained to us that the following items are part of the trusts that we have to fulfill: salat, ablution, weighing, measures, deposits, private talks, advising, just to name a few. In one Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) informed us to fulfill Amanah even if the other party is not trustworthy.
“Discharge the settlement to those who entrusted you, and don’t betray even the one who broke his promise.” Ahmad and Abu Dawood
Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) has taught us that whoever does not fulfill his promises does not have faith and does not have religion. In one Hadith, he said: “There is no faith for the one who has no trust, and there is no religion for the one that does not fulfill his promises.” Ahmad
Another Hadith reports that an advisor must keep things in confidence. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that whoever does not fulfill his commitments, pledges and promises is considered to be a hypocrite. As narrated by Abu Huriarah (May Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Signs of a hypocrite are three: whenever he speaks he lies; whenever he promises, he breaks his promises; and whenever he has been entrusted, be betrays his trust; even if he fasts and prays and even if he claims he is a Muslim.”
We are also advised by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that if someone talks to another person and he does not want his name to be released, it is considered to be an Amanah. Whoever does not keep the secret, he is a betrayer. Another Hadith reports that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “When someone hears a discussion from a person who does not want his name to be released, it is considered to be a private conversation. It is a trust, even if he did not ask to be kept private.” Ahmad
Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) explained to us how to live an honest and happy life. Among the few, he mentioned the following: As reported by Abdullah Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them), the Prophet (pbuh) said: “If you have these four qualities, you should not worry about what you missed in life: To take care of the trust, to take care of the truth, to have good manners, and to have modest and pure food.”
I pray that all of us will remember to observe and fulfill our promises, so that will be inherit Paradise and not be one of the hypocrites. Whenever we make a promise, we should try to carry out our promises perfectly and on time so as to be considered among the believers. We should not break our agreements, our promises, our pledges and our contracts. We should not even delay the fulfillment of our promises. Don’t be among those who say, “tomorrow”, as tomorrow may never come. Let us all work together for the love of Allah. Let us fulfill our covenants and our pledge to Allah: whatever we have promised Him, we should execute faithfully so that we will earn His Blessings, His Mercy and His Forgiveness.