Question: How does one join between putting one’s trust in Allah and taking the means? Can’t the former lead to lazy ‘reliance…’
We should not confuse Tawakkul – reliance on Allah – with the acts we do in a period of deliberation, reflection, consultation, and special prayer before an important decision. Those acts and that period may come to an end, however, Tawakkul never ends. No matter what the decision, or when, we continue relying on Allah even for matters that seem granted and far less momentous. “Tie it [the camel] and rely [on Allah]” meaning go ahead and act – after due consideration – but always rely on Allah: before, during, and after.
-Shaykh Hajj Gibril