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Attitude of Gratitude – 18 Gifts of Allah to be Thankful For

Attitude Of Gratitude - 18 gifts of Allah


Gratitude is an attitude if adorned by the soul, Ash Shakoor waters its heart with seeds of contentment, an emotion so sparse to find and moreover He suffices them through an increase in their Rizq, leaving no room for any desire, as He says,

‘If you are grateful, I will increase you in provision’
{Surat Ibrahim 14 : Verse 7}

Often when we talk about Gratitude, the first reaction is definitely not pleasing. When we ask people of their issues, there will be a never ending list, probably the pages of the book and the ink of the pens will run out but if asked to be grateful, we get answers like, really? ‘’My mother is terminally ill’’, ‘’my husband drives me insane, we are always in the war zone’’, ‘’my kids yell at me’’, ‘’I failed pathetically! My carrier is ruined’’, ‘’I lost the one I loved’’ and the countless other incidents that have taken place in their life which has shaken them down, and  kept wondering, what really are they thankful for?

Life is nothing but a strenuously draining and overwhelming struggle so why GRATITUDE?

But do you forget the time when Umar radiAllahu anhu asked Rasoolullaah salallahu aleyhi wasallam, when he saw him getting up from his bed, which was nothing but some branches stuffed with leather on the ground where he was resting, which left marks on his back. Umar Ibn Al Khattab began to cry and when prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam enquired Umar said, I have seen the palaces of Kisraa, Persia, Caesar and Rome and you definitely deserve better Ya Rasoolullaaah’’ and the profound statement that the prophet replied in was ‘’Aren’t you satisfied? That they have the Duniya and we have the Aakhira?’’

Ponder over this, the best man to walk on earth never complained about the Ahsanul Khaliqeen, He always lived with humility despite his hardships because He was satisfied with whatever He had, He never wanted much for the Duniya and always yearned for a beautiful Aakhira.

The very fact we are breathing means the challenge is still on, we were born to toil, to break but that doesn’t mean we sideline our favors and ignore the Master by not acknowledging His precious gifts.

We always have a big misconception that others are happier, trust me they are not. We all have certain traumas, there is always something tragical happening across the other side of the fence and your condition is still far better. There are still numerous blessings which Allah has granted you with by His mercy without you even asking for them.

This definitely rings the bell for some sincere Alhamdulillahs, If not for everything; let’s give a token of gratitude to the most beloved Caretaker at least for the following

1) For being a perfect example of ‘’Ahsani Taqweem’’
Yes! Alhamdulillaah, for being completely fit, physically and mentally without any life threatening diseases! How many in the world, don’t have a limb or an eye or a hand? How lucky are you that all your sensory organs are intact and you are a healthy working human with fascinating skills, unique features without any defects, just like Allah created you, ie., in the best of fashion (Ahsani Taqweem).

2) Hajj and Umrah
An amazing opportunity for every Muslim to see his or her past sins forgiven. To gain nearness to Allah. To visit and walk the land where our beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahu aleyhi wasallam walked.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “Umrah is an expiation for the time between it and the previous Umrah, and an accepted Hajj has no less a reward than Paradise.”
[Bukhari #1683, Muslim 1349]

3) For a Loving Family and Righteous Companions
Not everyone have been given this joy, visit the orphan homes and perhaps the humility shall touch you. Where family, is what completes us, righteous friends are where we confide in, what more a mu’min could ask for? The comfort and love a family gives you is priceless, and whoever grows up without a family feels a void that is very difficult to fill.

4) For Basic Necessities
Show gratitude for the roof above your head, for the clean water running in your taps and the pure water that nourishes your being. It’s all gifted, from the magnificent air that escapes your lungs to the education that qualifies you for the job that you are doing which is a source of your Rizq.

5) For a Fitna Free land
It’s a true Ni’ma to breathe in a bomb – free environment. Unlike Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine, where you never know when a missile is going to be dropped in your home and you see the corpse of your beloved right in front of your eye anytime soon.

6) Splendid and Serene – The Nature
Haven’t you felt true delight in the solitude of your room, gazing out of your window? It is a calming experience to simply ponder over the flawless creations of Al – Musawwir, from the green grass to the blue cloudy skies, from the chirping birds flying towards their nests to the soothing rains that wets the thirsty earth bringing it back to an awakening. The silent hushes of the flowing rivers to the huge mountains that stands erect, from beautifully changing seasons to the diversity of gorgeous flowers, everything a sign of the most benevolent Al Khaaliq, praise him, Thank him for the beauty around you.

7) For Easy Access to Beneficial Knowledge
Internet is LOADED with the things you can benefit from and can change your life forever. Quranic tafaseer, tajweed sessions, Islamic lectures, thought provoking Islamic reminders, Easy Arabic learning methods and courses and much more. The list of opportunities is endless. Everything at out fingertips and a click away SubhanAllah!

8) For the best Buddies, who shall never betray you in any season – Good or bad.
Your best friends that are Sadaqaa, Qiyam and Quran. Qur’an helps us decide between right and wrong, it guides us through life, like a compass directing us to the only path leading to salvation in this life and the hereafter. Qur’an is  a healing, Allah (subhaana wa ta’aala) tells us so in the verse :

And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.
{Surah Al Isra 17: Verse 82}
Charity Erases our sins. Qiyaam brings us closer to Allah. In the last part of the night Allah azza wa jal Himself asks His slave what he wants.
Don’t ever underestimate the blessings of Qiyaam and Charity.

9) For Allah being Al Sitteer
Indeed we are guilty, had he not put the sitr (cover), over our sins, we would die out of humiliation. Allah covers our faults. He hides our weak moments. Imagine for a second if everyone got to know all your sins, where would you go? What would you do? Thank Allah for this beautiful attribute of His and call upon Him by this name in your duas. And ask Him to cover your shortcomings and sins further.

“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them..”
{Surat Al Araf 7 : Verse 180}

10) For the Doors of Tawbaah always being wide open
A million chances are thrown at us, no matter how many times we fail. An opportunity to start afresh after being overpowered by filth and sins is overwhelming. A Simple Dhikr of “SubhanAllahi Wabihamdihi – 100 times” cleanses you of your sins even if they were as huge as the foam of a sea. Reflect on some of these reminders.

“Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”
{Surat Al Furqan 25 : Verse 70}

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra) the Prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam said, from among the things he reports from his Lord (swt), is that He said: “A servant [of Allah’s] committed a sin and said: ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them.’ Then he sinned again and said: ‘O Lord, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them.’ Then he sinned again and said: ‘O Lord, forgive me my sin.’ And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: ‘My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for sins. Do what you wish, for I have forgiven you.’”
[Bukhari and Muslim]

Anas ibn Malik (ra) says that the Prophet ﷺ said: “When a servant of Allah returns to Him and repents, Allah is happier than a traveler who loses his mount which has all his belongings and provisions on it and then resorts to the shade of tree after losing all hope only to wake up and find his mount staring in his face, and then out of joy and happiness erroneously says: ‘Allah You are my servant and I your Lord.”
[Bukhari, Muslim]

He ﷺ also said: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.”

11) For the Divine Connection
The most sacred and precious bond is between the A’bd and Rabb, a solid relationship, which is so close and special that rest all fail to match its equivalence. Allahs love is equivalent to the love of 70 mothers. He is closer to us than our Jugular Vein. Allah wants Jannah for us. In His remembrance we find peace and solace. He has given us the most amazing gift we could ever ask for – THE QUR’AN.

12 ) For the Lows, Pitfalls and Shattering’s
The troops of shaytaan allure every soul towards sin, causing it to slip real bad. But the greater the sin, the more guilt a sinner suffers from. Which inturn makes the sinner turn to Al – A’zeez with pleading eyes and raised palms. And when a servant turns to Allah in repentance and humbleness Allah raises his ranks and forgives his sins. Our seeming trials and calamities become our reasons of salvation. Our tests being tailor made, not being burdened beyond what we can bear. SubhanAllah there is extreme mercy of Allah even in our tests.

13) For Ramadan
In this month, Muslims get a chance to renew their faith, increase their good deeds, fast, and seek forgiveness for all of their previous sins. Every time Muslims make it to another Ramadan, their heart is filled with gratitude. Our connection with Qur’an is renewed. Our Qiyaam routine becomes flawless. In Ramadan we are blessed with Laylatul Qadr, a night where your ibadah equals the ibadah of 1000 nights.

14) For the Promise of Jannah for the Muhsineen
This single promise of Allah is a sufficient gift. One does not even need to think about the other gifts of Allah, as this promise of Paradise is sufficient and is in fact more than what we deserve. In Jannah are things an eye hasn’t seen, the ear hasn’t heard, the mind has not imagined and language cannot express. However one has to earn this, as the product of Allah, i.e. Paradise is not cheap.

“Give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therein, they say: “Why, this is what we were fed with before,” for they are given things in similitude; and they have therein companions pure (and holy), and they abide therein (for ever)”.
{Surat Al Baqarah 2 : Verse 25}

15) The Ulema and Scholars
People of knowledge are similar to guiding lights; they show us the path in the darkness of ignorance and help us stay on the right path. Imagine if we did not have mufassiroon or Muftis or Imams? Who would guide us?

16) For the mechanism of Sleep
Imagine if your body and soul had no time to rest? To refresh and rejunevate. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. Night and Sleep are from amongst the signs of Allah.

It is He who made for you the night to rest therein and the day, giving sight. Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen.
{Surat Yunus 10 : Verse 67}

17) For experiencing Beautiful moments, variety of emotions, perfectly planned phases of life which later become cherishable memories.

18) For happy times, after the storms, yes! The long waited Ease, which makes us forget the scars.

The list is endless, we can go on and on and on but if we desire to. His gifts are many, the Ni’mas are countless, and the way He gives is unfathomable and if you fail to be grateful to Ar – Rahmaan, all you will cause yourself is suffering. The greed of this Dunya is treacherous; it will drag you to the pits of hell fire and it will not come to an end until Death silences you and gratitude on the other side assures you a blissful contending Duniya and a rewarding prosperous Aakhiraa. The choice is truly yours.

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