When you complain to the son of Aadam…


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


3012092526_2968cb4d6eOn 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 made people do wrong to him.

Therefore, there are three levels:

  1. the lowest one is to complain about Allah to His creatures
  2. the middle one is to complain about His creatures to Him
  3. the highest one is to complainabout yourself to Him.

Taken from Imam ibn al-Qayyim’s al-Fawa`id


Filed under Classics, Ibn al-Qayyim, Polishing The Heart

5 responses to “When you complain to the son of Aadam…

  1. Sa'il

    Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

    Jazakillahu khairan bro, may Allah [swt] accept it from you and reward you abundantly, ameen.

    Just to add my penny-worth insha’Allah:

    To raise one’s complaint to Allah [swt] alone is a noble trait and one we must all try to attain bi’ithnillah. We say this because when you complain to Allah, you raise your complaint to the One Who is the best disposer of affairs, the All-Seeing, All-Knowing, so ones complaint does not go wasted, as it does when we complain to mere mortals.You cut out all the middle men and go straight to the boss, if you will, and He has power over all things.

    Further, and this is my main point; complaining to Allah [swt] does not contradict patience. In fact, patience, beautiful patience, incorporates raising ones complaint and speaking of ones distress to Allah [swt], as was the case with Yaqoob [alayhis salaam]. As you’ll [all] know better than I, Yaqoob [alayhis salaam] both observed patience over his grief of losing Yusuf [alayhis salaam] by not complaining to humans about his loss, and also earned a lofty status with Allah [swt] for raising his complaint to Him Alone.

    So we ask, did Allah [swt] not respond to Yaqoob [alayhis salaam]?

    All mistakes and misgivings are my own, and all that is correct and beneficial is a mercy from the Lord of the worlds. Allah [swt] is a witness over us, and Allah [swt] knows best.

    In the care of Allah [swt],
    Wassalaamu’alaikum wa rahmatullah


  2. ya`ni, you just disappear on me man?

    Hope you’re doing great habibti ❤


  3. Sister Sa`il: Thank you for your “penny worth” – it’s always a pleasure reading your comments. Jazaakillahu khayran.

    Umm Khawla: It’s ironic ’cause I thought it was you who was pullin’ the disappearing act!


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