“If the recording angels demanded wages from a man for writing down his sins, all his money would soon be gone.”
[Imam al-Ghazali [Alchemy of Happiness]
Am I Thankful To Allah?
Am I truly grateful for each breath that I take,
For each and every moment that I am awake?
Do I thank Allah for my restful sleep,
And for the dreams that cause me to weep?
Am I honestly thankful to the Almighty One,
For the early morning mist, the bright, rising sun?
During Fajr prayer, I use my soft prayer mat,
As Allah’s servant, do I appreciate that?
Throughout the day, do I realize,
That Allah, All knowing and the Most Wise,
Gives me what I need and so much more
And that I have so much to be grateful for?
The scent of fresh rain, a small child’s laugh,
My sisters who choose to stand for Islam,
Each piece of fruit, each glass of water,
Brothers protecting their sons and their daughters.
A grandmother’s love, a book of Hadith,
The clothes that I wear, the food that I eat.
The book that I should follow, the Holy Quran,
Promoting the good and ending the wrong.
So I must ask myself every beautiful day to remind myself.
If I am stricken with poverty
others are chained in debt
If I don’t have shoes
others have no feet
If I have pain now
others have been aching for years
If My dear one dies
others have lost many
If I have sinned
then REPENT… [Allah is the Most-Merciful] The doors of repentance are ever opened! – SUBHANALLAH
Thankfulness frees the heart from greed, jealousy and envy. When we are thankful to Allah, we remain mindful of Him and His continuous Mercy toward us, and this in return humbles us and improves our characters. The very fact that Allah has guided us to Islam and the sunnah of His Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in itself should be a source of continual praise.
“Indeed Allah is the possessor of bounty for all people but most people do not give thanks.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 243).
“It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection: that you may give thanks (to Allah)” (An-Nahl, 16:78).
“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them…” (Al Quran (ch 14: v 34)
“Surely We have shown him the way: he may be thankful or unthankful.”
“Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, And be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me.” [Al-Qur’an 2:152]
“If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more.” (Ibrahim 14:7).
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“Allah is pleased with His servant if, when he eats something, he thanks Allah for it, and when he drinks something, he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim).
Three ways to express Shukr: The classical Muslim scholars have indicated Shukr can be shown in three ways:
1.Shukr of the heart (Qalb),
which is achieved by harboring and intending good for all of Allah’s creation.
2.Shukr of the tongue (Lisan),
which involves celebrating the praises of Allah, such as utterance of “Alhamdulillah”, and expressing gratefulness to Allah with our tongue.
3.Shukr of the limbs (Jawarih),
which is fulfilled by using our external senses to do good. Every time Allah gives us a blessing, we must use it in a way that benefits humanity and that pleases Allah.
Allahumma A’inni Ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatika
O Allah help me to remember You, to thank You and to worship You properly.”
Glory be to
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