Al-Saffat (Those Ranged in Ranks) - Chapter 37: Verse 164

"There is none among us, but that he has a known station."

These are understood to be the words of the angels, each of whom is assigned a station that is never left; some remain bowing, never straightening their spines; others remain prostrating, never lifting their heads. In the immediate context, this verse is a declaration that they, like the jinn, know that any worship of them is misplaced. More broadly speaking, that all angels have a known station indicates that they have, like all created things other than human beings and jinn, no freedom to move from one station or level of being to another.

Advising Rulers

When the rulers are wrong, they should be told that they are wrong - but one must always be careful and ascertain that the steps he is taking lead to greater benefit than harm. For this reason, many of the pious forefathers of Islam emphasized advising the rulers in private and not publicly. Indeed, the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself made that point in his statement, "Whoever wishes to give advice to a ruler about a matter should not do so publicly. Instead, he should take him by his hand and be alone with him [to talk to him] about it. If he accepts the advice from him [the matter is finished successfully]. If he does not [accept the advice], the person has fulfilled [the obligation] upon him." [Hakim, Ahmad]

Al-Nahl (The Bee) - Chapter 16: Verse 53 (partial)

"Whatever blessing you have, it is from God ..."

The blessings that come to us, night and day, are beyond numeration, as the Quran reminds. These blessings come in all forms—what we can see and touch (by way of material goods: food, clothing, shelter, wealth, and the like), as well as what we cannot see (like safety, friendship, love, health, and protection from harm and calamity).

Al-Araf (The Heights) - Chapter 7: Verse 94

"And We did not send a Prophet in a town but We overtook its people with distress and affliction in order that they might humble themselves (reach a state of tadaru)."

Some might ask why, if we are indeed on the side of God, does victory not come easily. Some might wonder why God doesn't just give the righteous victory without immense struggle and sacrifice. The answer to this question is given by God in the above verse.

Al-Nisa (The Women) - Chapter 4: Verse 123 (partial)

“Not your desires, nor of the People of the Book can prevail. Whoever works evil will be punished accordingly.”

Allah decides the fate of communities with an eye to their conduct, not with reference to their whims. One may intensely want to have something which may be legitimate in its own right in terms of Shariah, reason and morality. However, divine judgement is not dictated by such desire.