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The Law of Complaining in Islam Muslim Must Know

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Often people complain about what’s happening, such as complaining of hot weather, rainy days, small salaries, when anything that happens to a Muslim is not necessarily bad for him. As the Word of Allah SWT below:


إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا

“Indeed, mankind was created anxious.” (QS. Al-Ma’arij: 19)

إِذَا مَسَّهُ ٱلشَّرُّ جَزُوعًا

“When evil touches him, impatient.” (QS. Al-Ma’arij: 20)

كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْقِتَالُ وَهُوَ كُرْهٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تَكْرَهُوا۟ شَيْـًٔا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تُحِبُّوا۟ شَيْـًٔا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (QS. Al-

A muslim should not complaining about his life since if he thinks more, then he himself will never be able to calculate the pleasure he has felt so far.

Pleasure given by Allah SWT will never be able to count by anyone. With so much enjoyment, it’s not appropriate to complain. Read also: how to be peaceful in Islam

وَإِن تَعُدُّوا۟ نِعْمَةَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَآ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (QS. An-Nahl: 18)

Allah already remind us about people who never be grateful and always complaining as the following surah:

وَءَاتَىٰكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّوا۟ نِعْمَتَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَآ ۗ إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ

“And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is (generally) most unjust and ungrateful.” (QS. Ibrahim: 34)

Allah SWT strongly disliked his complaining servant. As His never-ending servants are given pleasure even in every breath, we should always be grateful.

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَعْبُدُ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ حَرْفٍ ۖ فَإِنْ أَصَابَهُۥ خَيْرٌ ٱطْمَأَنَّ بِهِۦ ۖ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ فِتْنَةٌ ٱنقَلَبَ عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِۦ خَسِرَ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلْءَاخِرَةَ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ ٱلْخُسْرَانُ ٱلْمُبِينُ

“And of the people is he who worship Allah on an edge. If he is touched by good, he is reassured by it; but if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face (to the other direction). He has lost (this) world and the Hereafter. That is what is the manifest loss.” (QS. Al-Haj: 11)

If there is a disaster, we should be grateful for it since if we are patient in facing it then our sins will be forgiven. Complaining only becomes the cause of an uneasy heart according to Islam. Rasulullah SAW said as follow:

“There is no calamity that befalls a Muslim, but with him Allah wipes out (little sins) from him to the point that a thorn is stabbed.” (Narrated by: Sahih al-Bukhari, al-Mardla no. 5640; Sahih Muslim, Book al-Birr wa ash-Shilah, 2572)

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As the word of Allah SWT :

“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” (QS. Ali-Imran: 200)

Allah SWT promises to give a greater reward to them who has patient and not complaining. Patient is a way to get a calm heart in Islam. Read also: awesome ways to pure our heart

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give tidings to the patient.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 155)

Rasulullah says,

“Indeed Allah ‘Azza wajalla says:” When I tempt my servant by wiping out the two things he loves (ie his eyes), then he be patient, then for him I will give up heaven for losing both.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)

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In another narrated, Rasulullah also confirmed the virtue of patient

“It is amazing that the believer’s circumstances, in fact all his circumstances are a good for him and such goodness there will be no one but only for the believer.

When he gets the spaciousness of life, he is grateful, then it is good for him. When he is overridden by disaster, he is patient and even this is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim)

Every human being should realize that every pleasure and calamity that comes has been outlined by Allah SWT before we are created so that we should be patient and trust in facing it. Read also: danger of hedonism in Islam

Rasulullah says,

“Indeed every one of you is accumulated their affair in his mother’s womb for forty days in the form of nuthfah, then becomes’ alaqoh (a clot of blood) during that time (forty days), then becomes mudhghoh (a lump of flesh) during that time, then an angel sent to him, later the angel blew his spirit and he was commanded to write four sentences:


Write his sustenance, his death, his charity, and the fate of his misfortune or his luck. “(Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah SWT never gave a trials or calamities beyond the limits of His servant as writtern in His word below:

لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا ٱكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَآ إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ ۖ وَٱعْفُ عَنَّا وَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا وَٱرْحَمْنَآ ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَىٰنَا فَٱنصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ

“Allah does not charge a soul except (with that within) its capacity. It will have (the consequence of) what (good) it has gained, and it will bear (the  consequences of) what (evil) it has earned.

“Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 286)

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