On feeling unsatisfied

If you feel unsatisfied with what Allah has provided you with, seek istighfaar. Ask Allah to forgive you.

From the story of the few men who came to Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri rahimahullah in finding a solution to their problems, he kept replying to each one of them with the same answer: seek istighfaar. One was about his barren land, seek forgiveness and Allah will send down rain in abundance. Another about his poverty, seek forgiveness and Allah will relieve you from your problems. Another about his barren woman, seek forgiveness and Allah will bless you with a child. Another about his dried garden, seek forgiveness and Allah will bestow fruitful gardens upon you.

“Ask forgiveness from your Rabb (Lord). Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving. (If you do so), He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers ”. – [71: 10-12]

Ask for forgiveness and Allah will give. You will be satisfied.

There is another beautiful story, that of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal rahimahullah. It has been narrated that while he was on journey, he stopped by a little town where he did not know anybody. So after prayer in a mosque, he decided to stay there. Out of humility and humbleness, he did not reveal his identity and therefore the caretaker of the mosque not knowing who he was, dragged him out. Imam Ahmed was in his old age. A baker by, felt pity and took him in for the night. Imam Ahmed realized something very special about this bread baker. He kept reciting istighfaar, seeking forgiveness from Allah, constantly. A tap here, istighfaar, another tap here, istighfaar. So Imam Ahmed questioned the baker if the practice of istighfaar did have any affect on him.


The baker replied, “Allah has answered all of my duas, whatever I have asked of Him, Allah gave. But there was one dua that Allah did not answer yet.” And when he was asked about it, the baker replied, “In meeting the famous Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal rahimahullah.” On account of this, the great scholar, Imam Ahmed, said, “Allah not only listened to his dua but had dragged me onto his doorsteps.”

  • Taken from [Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]

Find a habit in asking Allah for forgiveness. Commit to it and put your trust in Him. It will do wonders for you.

-From last Friday’s halaqa at our local mosque

8 thoughts on “On feeling unsatisfied

  1. Assalamu’alaykum,
    Loved the narration about Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (rahimahullah) and the baker. Simply beautiful.
    JazakAllahu khayran for the wonderful reminder.

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