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  • *sheba*
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    Thread :love:

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  • SimpleTraveller
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    Shukr. One of my favourite topics, if not my favourite. I've been studying it for years.

    For those of you who understand Urdu, there is a fantastic short sermon on this topic (link below) which I heard last year - one of the best and most inspiring ones I have come across.

    If you understand Urdu, please please listen to it. It could change your life, and is only 23 minutes and 17 seconds long.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fFUEakcPZA

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  • zantz
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    Alhumdulillah

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  • i.badat
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    :wswrwb:

    :jkk: sister..

    The benchmark of Gratitude

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  • RaNdOm
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    Thanking Allah swt

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    amazing read if you have the time and patience

    What are the best ways a Muslim can thank Allah for all the blessings He has bestowed on us.


    Praise be to Allaah.
    Firstly:

    Thanks or gratitude means reciprocating kindness and giving praise to the one who has done good and kind things. The one who is most deserving of thanks and praise from people is Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, because of the great favours and blessings that He has bestowed upon His slaves in both spiritual and worldly terms. Allah has commanded us to give thanks to Him for those blessings, and not to deny them. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

    Secondly:

    The greatest ones who obeyed this command, and gave thanks to their Lord until they deserved to be described as shaakir and shakoor (thankful) are the Prophets and Messengers (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).

    Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    Thirdly:

    Allah has mentioned some of the blessings that He has bestowed upon His slaves, and has commanded them to be grateful for them, and has told us that few of His slaves give thanks to Him:

    Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    1.2.
    3.
    4.Among spiritual blessings, He mentions (interpretation of the meaning): and there are many other blessings. We have only mentioned some of these blessings here; listing all of them is impossible, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    Then Allah blessed us and forgave us our shortcomings in giving thanks for these blessings. He says (interpretation of the meaning):


    Gratitude for blessings is a cause of them being increased, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):


    Fourthly:

    How can a person thank his Lord for His great blessings? His gratitude should fulfil all the necessary conditions, which are gratitude of the heart, gratitude of the tongue and gratitude of the physical faculties.

    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    Gratitude may be in the heart, in submission and humility; on the tongue, in praise and acknowledgement; and in the physical faculties, by means of obedience and submission.

    Madaarij al-Saalikeen (2/246)

    The details of that:

    1.Gratitude of the heart: what is meant is that the heart senses the value of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon His slave, and fully acknowledges that the one who has bestowed these great blessings is Allah alone, with no partner or associate. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    This acknowledgement is not mustahabb (recommended), rather it is obligatory. Whoever attributes these blessings to anyone other than Allah has disbelieved.
    What man should do is attribute blessings to Allah and acknowledge them fully. Thus he will attain complete Tawheed. Whoever denies the blessings of Allah in his heart or on his tongue, is a kafir (disbeliever) and has nothing to do with Islam.

    Whoever affirms in his heart that all blessings come from Allah alone, but verbally he sometimes attributes them to Allah and sometimes attributes them to himself, or his actions, or the efforts of someone else -- as happens on the lips of many people -- this is something that the person must repent from, and he should not attribute blessings to anyone except their Creator, and he must strive to make himself do that, because faith and Tawheed cannot be attained except by attributing blessings to Allah.

    The gratitude which is the head of faith is based on three pillars: acknowledgement of the heart of all the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him, and upon others, and talking about them; praising Allah for them; and using them to obey the One Who bestowed the blessings and to worship Him.

    Al-Qawl al-Sadeed fi Maqaasid al-Tawheed (p. 140)

    Allah says, describing the situation of one who denies attribution of blessings to Allah (interpretation of the meaning):

    Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    i.e., they acknowledge that Allah is the One Who grants them that, and He is the One Who bestows that favour upon them, yet despite that they deny it, and worship others alongside Him, and attribute victory and provision to someone other than Him.

    Tafseer Ibn Katheer (4/592).

    2.As for gratitude of the tongue, it means acknowledging verbally - after believing in the heart- that the One Who grants blessing is indeed Allah, and keeping the tongue busy with praise of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.

    Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    i.e., as you were poor and in need, then Allah made you rich and independent of means: then speak of the blessing of Allah bestowed upon you.

    Tafseer Ibn Katheer (8/427). Narrated by Muslim

    Gratitude is a means of attaining that great honour because it implies acknowledgement of the Bestower of blessings and acknowledging Him alone as the Creator of that blessing and the One Who caused it to reach the recipient of the blessing, as an honour and favour from the Bestower, and that the recipient of the blessing is poor and is in need of that blessing, and cannot do without it. So this is an acknowledgement of the rights and bounty of Allah, and the duty and need of the slave. So Allah has caused the reward for that acknowledgement to be this great honour.

    Al-Mufhim lima ashkala min Talkhees Kitaab Muslim (7/60, 61).

    Hence some of the salaf (righteous predecessors) said: Whoever conceals a blessing has denied it, but whoever manifests it and spreads it has given thanks for it.

    Ibn al-Qayyim said, commenting on that:

    Madaarij al-Saalikeen (2/246).

    3.Gratitude of the physical faculties means using one's physical faculties in obedience of Allah and keeping them from committing sins and acts of disobedience that Allah has forbidden.

    Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

    Ibn Battaal (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaari.

    Abu Haroon said: I entered upon Abu Hazim, and said to him: May Allah have mercy on you, what is the gratitude of the eyes? He said: If you see something good with them, you mention it, and if you see something bad with them, you conceal it. I said: What is the gratitude of the ears? He said: If you hear something good with them, you remember it, and if you hear something bad with them, you forget it.

    Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    Gratitude is of two degrees, one of which is obligatory, which is doing obligatory actions and avoiding haram (unlawful) things. This is essential and is sufficient as gratitude for these blessings.

    Hence one of the salaf said:

    Gratitude means giving up sin.

    And one of them said: Gratitude means not using any blessing to help one to disobey Him.
    Abu Hazim al-Zahid mentioned gratitude of all the physical faculties: (It means) refraining from sin, and using them to help one to do acts of obedience. Then he said: As for the one who gives thanks with his tongue but does not give thanks with all of his physical faculties, his likeness is that of a man who has a cloak and takes hold of the edge of it, but does not put it on, so it is of no benefit to him against cold or heat or snow or rain.

    The second degree of gratitude is that which is mustahabb, which is when, after doing obligatory actions and avoiding haram things, a person does supererogatory acts of worship. This is the degree of those who have gone ahead and closer to Allah.

    Summary:

    In order to be grateful to your Lord for the blessings that He has bestowed upon you, you must acknowledge in your heart that the giver of these blessings and the Bestower is Allah, may He be exalted, so you venerate Him, attribute it to Him, and you acknowledge that with your tongue, so you give thanks to Him after waking from sleep for having given new life, and after eating and drinking for having provided you with them and bestowed them upon you, and so on with every blessing that you see in your life.

    You give thanks with your physical faculties by not letting them see or hear any sin or evil, such as singing or gossip; you do not walk with your feet to haram places; you do not use your hands to commit evil, such as haram writing in a relationship with non-mahram women (one whom you can marry according to Islamic law), or writing haram contracts, or making or doing anything haram. Giving thanks with the physical faculties for blessings also includes using them to obey Allah, by reading Quran and books of knowledge, listening to beneficial and useful things, and so on with all the faculties which you should use in various kinds of obedience and worship.
    Remember that gratitude for blessings is a blessing which needs to be given thanks for, so that one will continue to enjoy the blessings of his Lord, thanking his Lord for those blessings and praising Him for helping him to be among those who give thanks.

    We ask Allah, may He be exalted, to help us and you to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.

    And Allah knows best.

    IslamQa

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