We Lower Ourselves This Way

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t pounce upon some created being with a complaint about a situation, for your showing you have no need of creation is proof of your being in a strong position and [proof of] your knowing well what their position is and their place.

And your showing [how much] you need your Creator is proof of your tawḥīd¹ and your having properly and humbly submitted to Him.

And by your keeping your needs hidden from creation, those who enjoy seeing you suffer lose out on a chance [to gloat]. Al-Hudhalī spoke the truth when he said:

وَتَجَلُّدي لِلشامِتينَ أُريهِمُ ** أَنّي لَرَيبِ الدَهرِ لا أَتَضَعضَعُ

My toughness, to those who love to see me troubled, is what I will show–
That I will not, to the turns and trials of time, be bowing low.

¹singling Allāh out in worship and everything that is His alone (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Sep 21. 3:19 GMT+3.