“The problem is not with my Lord…”

Ibn al-Qayyim related from al-Jariri:

“I was told of a man from the Children of Israel who had a need that he wanted fulfilled by Allah. So, he engaged in constant worship and then asked Allah for his need. When he did not see that his need was fulfilled, he spent the night blaming himself, saying: “O self! What is wrong with you that is preventing your need from being fulfilled?”

And he spent the night sad and holding himself to account, saying: “By Allah, the problem is not with my Lord. Rather, the problem is with myself,” and he remained in such a state of holding himself responsible until his need was finally taken care of.”

[‘Ighathat al-Lahfan’; 1/77]

23 Responses to ““The problem is not with my Lord…””

  1. Assalaamu ‘alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu

    Jazaakum’Allaahu khairan akhil kareem. Welcome back!

  2. Asalamualikum Akhi Al azeez,

    Welcome back!

    ” Indeed, the prisons come perfumed…”

    I can smell the musk here akhi…

  3. asalamu alakum,

    welcome back,MAy Allah ease ur affairs and the rest of the prisoners.

  4. as-Salaamu ‘alaykum

    Alhamdulillah at your return.

    May Allaah (azza wa jal) release our prisoners and return them to us safely.

  5. Jazaka Allahu khayran for the post… I read it, and immediately felt like it was meant for me…

    May Allah cause you to be of great benefit to Islam and the Muslims.

  6. Asalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Akhi

    I entered your blogs url, fearing maybe the blog was taken down, but subhanAllah to my suprise, a new entry!

    Welcome back. May Allah continue to protect you.

    May Allah release all of our brothers and sisters who are still lingering in the dungeons Ameen!

  7. That didn’t take long! Welcome back bro!

  8. Waste of a nutfah Says:

    Hope he doesn’t turn an informer after his release, something a lot of these Jihad Kids do.

  9. Obviously you didn’t see this: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/11/19/lawyer_client_refused_to_be_fbi_informant/

    But how do we know that you’re not a spy, agent provocateur, or some other waste of oxygen?

  10. ummabdullah Says:

    As salaamu alaykum

    Welcome back akhi! I hope you are doing well!
    I asked a friend who went on Hajj to make du’a for you and all the incarcerated Muslims and now I hear you have been released! Allahu akbar!
    A belated Eid Mubarak to you akhi. May Allah protect you always!

  11. Assalamu alaykum..
    Indeed it gladdens many to see you back. The sun is for shining. The pearls will now continue….Indeed, only Allah knows and I wish not to praise but that strong quality of silence at any bickering or trivial contoversy is what I still applaud. Many Allah preserve you..ameen

  12. ‘waste of a nutfah’ … used sarcastically … and yet how fitting.

  13. Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah my beloved brother

    Good to see you back, may Allah reward you.

    To ‘Waste of a nutfah’ – ironic to see you use Abu Sabaya’s call against him. Shame on you for having suspicion of your Muslim brother.

    Anyway, bro Abu Sabaya, can you please add me to your blog roll? I used one of your posts on my blog without your permission, but I didn’t think you’d mind. Jazakallah khair.


  14. Forgot to put in my site: http://sumoodan.wordpress.com/

  15. ..do not care what befalls me, because I do not know in what is khair for me, just asking my Lord not to turn away from me… because only in that is my doom and my misery..

  16. Our claims of loving Allaah and his Deen are nothing but lie, until and unless we sacrifice for that claim our wealth, our freedom and ultimately our only one life. Then and only then, our words and actions will echo from the far corners of the world, and their effects will cherish the believers, and will tarnish the enemies. You (dear Abu Sabaya) have taken that path, May Allaah make you persistent on it until you meet him. Aameen …

    أحسب الناس أن يتركوا أن يقولو ءامنا وهم لا يفتنون. ولقد فتنا الذين من قبلهم فليعلمن الله الذين صدقوا وليعلمن الكاذبين

  17. IS ABU S OUT OF JAIL!?!?!?

    I’m so happy Abu S is out of jail he really is a brother to me.

    It feel like eid…

  18. 'abbas ibn mirdas Says:

    @ waste of nufta.you are just jealous,

    keep on the good work brother abu sabayaa ,wallahi i love you for the sake of Allah.

    we have benifited so much from you, baarakalaahoe feek.

  19. Um Abdullah M. Says:

    Assalamu alaykum

    Alhamdulillah, I was happy to hear about your release.
    May Allah preserve you and your family, and keep you steadfast on the right path.

  20. 786
    This is a perfect hadith about how tazkiyat an-nafs works. It is to their loss that other commentators on this blog do not recognize this.

    Is it not possible that one can reproach ones soul like David (as) and Moses (as). Their ‘nutfah’ conception was Bani Israel. Is this not so?

    In surat al-Kaf, were not the believers who were in the cave pre-Islam, yet true believers and a sign, ayat Allah on top of that?

    To be fair though, it seems that in this day and age most Bani Israel is not doing this tazkiyat, as in Rasoolallah’s (sal) time.

    I think that it is important to divide those that believe, no matter what ‘nutfah’ of Bani Adam they may have come from. Is it Allahu ta’alaa that formed us from that clot, or our own power.

    Do not dismiss all non Arab hadith as so many have. If you do that, then you also must dismiss almost all of the Madani Quran, for if you take the time to read even the smallest tafseer about the balagh, like Ali Imran for instance, almost all of this was about struggle with Bani Israel.

    We must have ‘ilm, not racism.

    as-salaam alaykum
    JD abd rzq

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