As we near the end of exam period I thought this would post would be well timed.
As for putting all one's trust in the Lord [tawakkul], the basic guidance on the subject is contained in His words (Almighty and Glorious is He) :
And when someone puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him. (65:3)
--and in His words (Exalted is He) :
And put all your trust [in Allah], if you are indeed believers. (5:23)
Anas ibn Malik (R.A) is reported as having said:
"A man once rode into town on a fine she-camel of his, and he said: 'O Messenger of Allah (pbuh), shall I just leave her unattended, and put my trust in the Lord [ada'u-ha wa atawakkalu]?' So the Prophet (pbuh) told him: 'Hobble her feet with a rope, and put your trust in the Lord!'"
Ibrahim al-Khawwas (Rahmatullah Alayhi):
"The real meaning [haqiqa] of absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] is the detachment of fear and hope from everything apart from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He)."
Other sayings :
"Absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] is living one day at a time, and dispensing with concern about tomorrow."
"Absolute trust in the Lord [tawakkul] means the banishment of doubts, and the delegation [tafwid] of one's concerns to the King of kings [Malik al-muluk]."
If some difficulty is encountered in relation to the material means [asbab], it is due to the decree of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and if something is found to be easy in that regard, it is due to His facilitation (Almighty and Glorious is He). The limbs and organs of the physical body, and all the external faculties [zawahir], must therefore be actively involved in the instrumental process [mutaharrika bi's-sabab], in compliance with the commandment of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), while the inner being [batin] remains calmly reliant on the promise of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He).
above extracts from Sunnipath.com Read the full article here
"If you had to adopt tawakkul (trust) on Allah in the proper meaning of tawakkul, then He will bestow rizq (sustenance) to you in the same way as the birds are being fed. They emerge (from their nests) in the morning hungry and they return in the evening satiated." (Hadith)