بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Q: What are the signs that allude to lack of being pleased with the decree?
A: A person knows this about himself. He who is displeased with Allah’s decree is aware of this being within himself. Therefore upon him is to repent to Allah and to struggle with himself until he is pleased with Allah’s decree, or at the very least until he is patient with it. This is because it has two levels.
- The level pertaining to patience; and this is an obligatory matter upon every Muslim. If there befalls him something decreed by Allah, a calamity in which Allah preordained, then upon him is patience until he eventually is able surpass this level and succeed to the higher level than this it being (the following).
- Pleasure pertaining to the decree; and it is a momentous level, so excellent it is, but if not at the very least is for him to be patient.
It is not permissible to be displeased with Allah’s decree, as Allah tests His servants. Thus whoever is pleased, for him is propitiation. Whoever is displeased, for him is displeasure. Thus be cautious from gaining Allah’s displeasure, he should understand clearly that apprehension, dismay, and displeasure for the decree will not benefit him ever! The only thing that will benefit him with Allah is faith in the decree, and patience with regards to what is preordained.
Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi
Source: فتاوى فضيلة الشيخ العلامة ربيع بن هادي المدخلي