Friday 31 December 2021

How to express one's Gratitude to Allah

Man is always lamenting of what he does not possess and others do. But such ungrateful ones forget that they still have so much which others do not have. Even if a man has empty pockets, he still has his limbs intact and even if one limb is missing he still is better than the one who is deprived of the limb. If one starts to count his blessings, he will lose count of these. 

I have lost my hearing in one ear almost completely and in the other ear to a great extent. Yesterday my hearing aid malfunctioned and I had to to leave it at the workshop for repairs. And suddenly my ears blacked out and I could not hear a thing. And when I got my hearing aid back, my hearing came to life. Can you imagine how grateful I was to Allah for my hearing to come back !! It is only I who can express the joy of hearing after having been blacked out for almost one day.

Likewise ask the joy of those who after lifetime blindness are given a retina and they can see again. So be always grateful to Allah for everything that He has bestowed upon you. Remember, how Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon, may peace be upon him) expressed his gratitude to Allah. I am sharing this beautiful verse from Qur'an and we should recite this much too often to thank Allah for everything:
Smiling at the ant's utterance, Solomon burst into laughter and said: "My Lord! Hold me under (Your) control that I may render thanks for the favour which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may act righteously in a manner that would please You. Include me, out of Your Mercy, among Your righteous servants. (Surah/Chapter 27 An Naml - The Ant: Verse 19)
Here Prophet Sulaiman is offering his gratitude for all the blessings that Allah had bestowed upon him and made him a great king who had the command of not only people bu all animals as well. Yet despite his powers, he shows his humility and prays that his power and wisdom and all other gifts may be used for righteousness and for the benefit of all around him. He in his prayer prays that he may not even unwittingly tread on humble beings in his preoccupations with the great things of the world.

Ibn Kathir explains that here Prophet Sulaiman means "`inspire me to give thanks for the blessings that You have bestowed upon me by teaching me to understand what the birds and animals say, and the blessings that You have bestowed upon my parents by making them Muslims who believe in You.' And that `when You cause me to die, then join me with the righteous among Your servants, and the Higher Companion among Your close friends.' 

Please listen to explanation of the ayat by eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan:
Let us we too be always grateful to Allah for all his bounties and blessings on us. May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Invocations / Dua " دُعا " from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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