Thursday 23 June 2022

Be Always Thankful to Allah

Life has never been easygoing for everyone. One encounters ups and downs, facing hurdles and sometimes almost being in hitting against a wall like situations. But ever imagines that while everything around looked so unfavorable, suddenly there was an ease and all the misty fog cleared in no time or a help came from a corner you never expected?

I have encountered many a unfavorable situations and it looked as if that was the end of me. But then suddenly every odds against me disappeared and I saw the bright sunshine. It looked as if nothing ever happened. And this has not been once but many times. You know who saved and protected me and you in such grave situations? 

It was none but Allah who protected us.  Although, Allah could punish us for being in a situation because of our misdeeds or wrongdoings for He has the ultimate capacity and power  to punish us. Yet He lets us free, save us from situations which could have ruined us.  Ever wondered how many times it happened? I for myself know it was umpteen number of times - rather I do not know how many times I was saved.

Even other than being saved from hard situations, we are blessed with countless blessings in the form of our families, Rizq, shelter, and countless verities of food and fruits for which we seldom thank Allah. What if Allah takes these away from us - can we protest or fight back? Never. So let us keep thanking Him as much as we can for in thanking Him, our blessings will increase. 

But do I thank Allah enough? Did I not momentarily thought of my misdeeds and thanked Allah and then after a awhile forgot about saying even " اَلۡحَمۡدُ لِلّٰهِ " - All praise and is due only to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) - which is all about gratitude in every aspect of life.

Allah reminds the believers of His countless mercies and favours unto that even if try to count, we would certainly lose the counting:

وَاِنۡ تَعُدُّوۡا نِعۡمَةَ اللّٰهِ لَا تُحۡصُوۡهَاؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَـغَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِيۡمٌ‏ 
For, were you to count the favours of Allah, you will not be able to count them. Surely Allah is Ever Forgiving, Most Merciful. [16:18]

In the verse above, quoted from Surah 16. An Nahl (The ants), two attributes of Allah have been mentioned:  اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَـغَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِيۡمٌ‏ "“Forgiving and Compassionate.”

In the verse above, it is being said: Though Allah goes on showering countless blessings upon people, they behave in an ungrateful, faithless and rebellious manner towards Him. He does not punish them immediately, but gives them respite, for He is Forgiving and Compassionate. This is true of both individuals and communities. There are people, who deny even the existence of God, yet He goes on bestowing His favors on them for years. There are others who set up partners with Him in his attributes, power and rights, and show their gratitude to others than Him for His blessings, yet He does not withhold His favors from them. There are still others who profess to acknowledge Him as their Creator and Benefactor, yet rebel against Him and are disobedient to Him and consider freedom from Him to be their birth right, but in spite of all this He continues to shower His countless blessings on them as long as they live.

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so  that they are able to discuss issues with Non Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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