lf Allah, the Exalted, is
the One Who brings to life, causes death, and if He alone provides for all
creation, why fear people or be distressed by their actions? I think that in
our society much grief and anxiety is caused by our attachment to people --- in
seeking to please them, trying to gain their favor, striving to praise the
important ones among them, and feeling wounded by their disparaging treatment.
And all of this indicates a
weakness in one's belief in Allah.
An Arab poet said:
"Would that you were
pleased when life is bitter, And would that you were contented when people are
angry, If your love for Allah is true, then all else is insignificant, And all
above the dirt is dirt."