Thursday 8 September 2022

Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ : Prostration out of Gratitude

Man is nothing of his own. Whatever he owns or has or achieves in one's life is a blessing from Allah. No one can boast of one's own capacities and capabilities for one's achievements in life. Those who are grateful have their Rizq and sustenance multiplied to unknown limits. But those who boast of their achievements and credit themselves and do not thank Allah are often seen deprived of their achievements and position.

The anecdote of Karun in Qur'an is just but one example. He was so wealthy that it is said the keys of his coffers were carried by seventy camels. He was boastful of his wealth and ungrateful to Allah for whatever he had. So as a punishment his entire wealth was buried inside the sand and was left with nothing. 

Therefore, whenever one is blessed or hears a good news, he must instantly prostrate out of gratitude to thank Allah. This has been Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ all along his life. This act of his is recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud: (Kitab Al-Jihad) - كتاب الجهاد » Hadith 2774 as under:
حَدَّثَنَا مَخْلَدُ بْنُ خَالِدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ، عَنْ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ، بَكَّارِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ أَخْبَرَنِي أَبِي عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ، عَنْ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّهُ كَانَ إِذَا جَاءَهُ أَمْرُ سُرُورٍ أَوْ بُشِّرَ بِهِ خَرَّ سَاجِدًا شَاكِرًا لِلَّهِ ‏.‏
Narrated by Abu Bakrah: When anything came to the Prophet (ﷺ) which caused pleasure (or, by which he was made glad), he prostrated himself in gratitude to Allah.

 (Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani))

Let us adopt this Sunnah and whenever we receive good news or an addition is made in our blessings, we should immediately prostrate as an act of gratitude so that we are continued to be blessed,
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the  Qur'ān. 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. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible to make you accept it forcibly, And if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, You will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

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

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.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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