Du’a: To Complain Only to Allah

The Prophets of Allah, whenever they were severe situations and extenuating circumstances, would turn to Allah, and show their need of Allah’s help.

When Zakariyya, peace be upon him, grew old, and was not blessed with any progeny, he cried out:

“O My Lord! Do not leave me alone (without progeny), and you are the best of inheritors.” (Surah al-Anbiya:89)

When Ibrahim, peace be upon him, left his wife in the middle of the desert, without any support or help, he prayer to Allah, describing their pitiful situation:

“O My Lord! I have left my family to live in a valley that has no fruits, close to your Sacred House, so that they may establish the prayer. Our Lord! Therefore cause a group of people to love them, and provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.” (Surah Ibrahim:37)

When Ayyub, peace be upon him, was tried and tested by Allah, and his family and wealth  were taken away from him, to such an extent that even his body suffered a terrible disease, he cried out:

“O My Lord! Verily, some harm has afflicted me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who are merciful.” (Surah al-Anbiya:83)

When Musa fled to Egypt to avoid Pharaoh, and was all alone in the Valley of Midian, with no helper or aid, he prayed:

“O My Lord! Verily I am needy to whatever good that You send down to me.” (Surah al-Qasas:24)

And when Ya’qub dis not know the fate of his favourites son Yusuf, peace be upon him, and his oldest son stayed behind in Egypt, while Yusuf’s brother Ben Yamin was also taken active, all he could cry out was:

“Verily, I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah!” (Surah Yusuf:86)

We can see that the best example is to turn only to Allah, and to complain of one’s situation to Him alone. For what value is there in turning to another created being, who cannot benefit or harm without Allah’s permission? Why should we seek to gain the pity of one who himself should be pitied due to his helplessness and incapacity?

Part of the completeness of a person’s tawhid, is that they do not complain to anyone else, in order to gain their sympathy and pity. Rather, the true Muslim submits all of their affairs to Allah, and complains of their pitiful state to their Creator, without expecting any compassion from anyone else.

SubhanAllah. May Allah enable us to achieve this completeness, ameen.

4 Responses to Du’a: To Complain Only to Allah

  1. Shamsiya says:

    jazak Allah khair for this beautiful post!


  2. Haris.F says:

    Asallam alay Kum. I really appreciate this post and I totally agree with point of it. My question is how do make sure our complaining to Allah does’nt change into being ungrateful. I see myself sometimes see myself asking Allah for something in a very strong, urgent manner and I’m afraid I might be asking in a rude manner or with poor etiquette which would waste all my efforts all together.If you have any say?Jazakullah.


    • Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

      I am not a scholar so know that this is only my personal opinion.

      Remember that everything that comes to us from Allah is for the best. The test is how we deal with what comes. Every event can be seen as a blessing for the believer. If it is good, then we are grateful to Allah and are rewarded for that, and if it is a trial, then we are patient and we are rewarded for that also.

      Perhaps the issue here is with the use of the word ‘Complain’, think of it more as ‘Calling On’ Allah, so our place is not to question Allah’s Decree, but to call on Him to help us in all our affairs, rather than calling on the people.

      If you look at the example listed above of the Prophet Ayuub, peace be upon him, he was suffering a severe physical affliction and his wealth and family had been taken from him. He asked Allah for help, called on Him by His Beautiful Names and praised Him, ‘O My Lord! Verily, some harm has afflicted me and You are the Most Merciful of all those who are merciful.’ He was imploring in a way that acknowledged his own neediness without questioning Allah’s Decree. I would advise you look at at the section entitled Allah’s Names and call on Him by them as they pertain to your situation.

      Also look to those who are worse off than yourself to assist you in gaining patience. Look at how Allah tested His Prophets and they were the most beloved to Him. Allah tests those He loves most.

      If you feel your du’a is not answered, look to reasons why, a delayed response is a chance for us to reflect on our relationship with Allah, the state of our prayer, our lack of good deeds or large amount of bad deeds, our source of income etc. It is a chance for us to examine ourselves and repent.

      If you read through the section entitled ‘Du’a’ you will find the other etiquettes of du’a listed and see if you are following these. Remember Allah answers those who call on Him sincerely – even the non-believers.

      And Allah knows best.

      May Allah make it easy, Ameen.


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