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What Else Could They Want?


Ibrahim ibn Ad'ham (quddisa sirruh) was asked, "Allahu ta'ala declares, 'O My human creatures! Ask Me! I will accept, I will give' However, we ask but He does not give?" Hadrat [1] Ibrahim said:

"You entreat Allahu ta'ala, but you do not obey Him. You know His Prophet (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa salam), but you do not follow him. You read the Qur'an al-karim, but you do not follow the way it shows. You utilize Allahu ta'ala's blessings, but you do not thank Him. You know that Paradise is for those who worship, but you do not make preparations for it. You know that He has created Hell for the disobedient, but you do not fear it. You see what happened to your fathers and grandfathers, but you do not take warning. You do not see your own defects, and you search for defects in others. Such people must be thankful because it does not rain stones on them, because they do not sink into the earth, and because it does not rain fire from the sky! What else could they want? Would not this suffice as a recompense for their prayers?"

[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.