The Complaint of The Ignorant
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The Complaint of The Ignorant

Ibn Al-Qayyim, Al-Fawa'id (taken from the English translation of the book)

The ignorant people complain to people about Allah, and this is the highest degree of ignorance, for if he had known his Lord, he would not have complained about Him, and if he had known the people he would not have complained to them.

One of the predecessors saw a man complaining to another man about his poverty and dire necessity. He said to him, 'O you! By Allah, you have done nothing but complain about He who has mercy for you, to the one who has no mercy for you'.

The following verses have been mentioned about the meaning of the previous statement of the predecessor.

When you complain to a son of Adam, verily you complain about the Most Merciful to the one who does not pity.

On the contrary, the person who is profoundly knowledgeable about Allah complains to Allah alone. And the most knowledgeable person about Allah is the one who complains about himself to Allah, and never to people. He complains about the causes that make people do wrong to him, for he knows about the following Quranic verses,


'And whatever of misfortune befalls you it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much' [Noble Quran 42:30]

'Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.' [Noble Quran 4:79]

'(What is the matter with you?). When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: 'From where does this come to us?' Say (to them), 'It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds). 'And Allah has power over all things. [Noble Quran 3:165]

Therefore, there are three levels: the lowest one is to complain about Allah to his creatures, the highest one is to complain about yourself to Him and the middle one is to complain about His creatures to Him. May Allah make us from those who complain to Him alone about ourselves. He the Majestic and Most High, Ameen.

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