Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِندَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ
rabbi ibni lee AAindaka baytan fee aljannati
“My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise..”
We thank Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) during prayers when we read Surat Al-Fatiha. When someone asks, how are you doing? We say, ‘alhamdulillah’. In Ramadan, we thank Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He).
As Muslims, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. We don’t need to because we thank Allah (s.w.t) every day.
Some ask, why am I writing this reminder?
Being grateful isn’t about mumbling words of appreciation and moving on. Being thankful is about consuming feeling that Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) wants to remind ourselves and others because He knows that is the only we will be happy.
1) Remember nothing is ours. Allah (s.w.t) is the Sustainer and Creator of all things. If Allah (s.w.t) wanted, He could stop our bodies from producing what it needs to live. He could make it so the earth fights back and swallows us hole.
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.” [Qur’an: Chapter 14, Verse 7]
Abu Dharr raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Apostle ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) as saying:
“In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity, enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding evil is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs (Duha) which one prays in the forenoon will suffice for all”.
2) Who are we supposed to thank?
In times of struggle, as we drive our family to the ER. In times of emergency and sickness. We forget who we are suppose to thank.
Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Whoever is not grateful to the people, he is not grateful to Allah.”
3) Humbleness comes before wisdom
We love to give credit to ourselves. Sometimes, we forget to thank Allah even for the smallest of gifts.
“He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding.”
[Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 269]
One of the ways that Muslims are able to show appreciation is by sharing it. Giving charity makes both the giver and the receiver happy, and leaves us with double the amount of joy when we realize we have the power to change someone’s life for the better.
In sha’ Allah, these reminders are just as helpful for you as they were for me.