How to deal with troublemakers and complainers
In the first couple of pages of Surat Al Anbiya, we see the complaint in the community against the prophets and messengers Allah sent them. They keep demanding that their prophets produce miracles on demand and at their command. This pattern of behaviour was not exceptional; we see it repeated with Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Eesa and Muhammad (peace be on them all).
There are always troublemakers in every community. Nothing satisfies them. The always find something to complain about. Unfortunately we have these people amongst us. In every nation, neighbourhood and house we have the one specialises in whingeing and moaning.
Here Allah demands from the community do they want their prophets to be angels?! Had He sent them angels they would have complained that they cannot identify with them or relate to them. Allah highlight their continual dissatisfaction and refusal to be pleased. He sent them prophets who were human and who will die.
وَمَا جَعَلْنَـٰهُمْ جَسَدًا لَّا يَأْكُلُونَ ٱلطَّعَامَ وَمَا كَانُوا۟ خَـٰلِدِينَ
We did not give those messengers ˹supernatural˺ bodies that did not need food, nor were they immortal. (21:8)
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُم بِٱلشَّرِّ وَٱلْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ
Every soul will taste death. And We test you ˹O humanity˺ with good and evil as a trial, then to Us you will ˹all˺ be returned. (21:35)
If people make fair requests then that is a different matter. However these people were not asking genuine questions or making reasonable suggestions. They were creating pointless arguments for the sake of it. They were troublemakers. How should you deal with this behaviour?
Do the right thing. Don’t care about their complains. Don’t listen to such negative voices, as they will hold you back. Throw their complaints in the bin. Many are not genuine. They are trying to divert you.
Distinguish between genuine complaints, troublemakers and loaded questions.
Let’s understand this so we can fare better in our journey to Allah. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim – Tarawih 4 4.4.22
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