What Else Could They Want?

Ibrâhîm ibn Ad'ham (quddisa sirruh) was asked, "Allâhu ta'âlâ declares, 'O My human creatures! Ask Me! I will accept, I will give.' However, we ask but He does not give?" Hadrat Ibrâhîm said:

"You entreat Allâhu ta'âlâ, but you do not obey Him. You know His Prophet (sall-Allâhu ta'âlâ 'alaihi wa salam), but you do not follow him. You read the Qur'ân al-kerîm, but you do not follow the way it shows. You enjoy Allâhu ta'âlâ'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 forefathers, 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 expect? Would not this suffice in reply to their invocations?"