We must always be in a constant remembrance of Allah (swt) and thank Him for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Our thanks will never come close to covering all of the blessings that He has truly bestowed upon us, our family and friends, and the rest of mankind. However we must always be mindful and in constant rememberance that from Allah is everything, and to Him we shall return.
I’m mentioning this topic because it was inspired by a memorable quote from this past Friday’s Khutbah that I attended. The student who gave the Khutbah said the following (I’m just paraphrasing): We are all blessed individuals. We are blessed to be here, to be alive, to be able to breath and speak. Allah (swt) has dipped us in blessings like a strawberry that is dipped in chocolate.
Allah (swt) mentions in the Quran that man is ungrateful. Therefore to become more humble in our characters and in our hearts we must remember to always thank Allah (swt).
In the Quran in Al’Hajj (Chapter 22) Verse 66 Allah (swt) says: It is He Who gave you life, will cause you to die, and will again give you life: Truly man is a most ungrateful creature! (22.66).
It is IMPOSSIBLE to count all the blessings. But take some time to think about everything that you’ve been blessed to have and the blessings Allah (swt) has bestowed upon you.
Here’s some that I’ve come up with just to reemphasize how much we are in NEED of Allah (swt).
Thanking Allah (swt) for the Blessings He has bestowed upon us – for giving us:
LIFE, good Health, a Family, Clothes to wear, a Roof over our heads, good Food to eat, water, mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, the ability to speak, to listen, the sensation to feel, the power of sight, to think, to be able to BREATH, to be able to eat, the ability to walk and run, the ability to sleep, the ability to feel the breeze on a warm day, sunlight during the day to help us to do our work, and darkness during the night for sleep, the ability to read, to write, to be able to go to school, to drive, to meet new people from all walks of life, to share in the brotherhood/sisterhood of Islam, for guidance, for giving us light, for showering us with your mercy, for the month of Ramadan, for giving us resources to help those in need and our neighbors and friends, for giving us good jobs and careers so that we can support ourselves and our families, for lifting us spiritually and emotionally during tough times, giving us opportunities to reach our goals, the ability to travel, to visit others, to connect with others without being face to face (phones, computers), to spread knowledge of what we have learned, for giving us motivation to become better people and to improve our character, giving us comfort in the little things in life when we are down, for helping us when we face challenges and obstacles in our lives, for helping us to understand ourselves, for helping us to understand the views of others, the ability to respect others, for giving us good manners, sanitation, electricity, plumbing, modern living, a bed to sleep on…
Add onto the list, it will never be complete. For every single person, the blessings that Allah (swt) has bestowed are also unique. Reflect upon this and remember to thank Allah (swt) everyday.
(I’m not ranking any of the blessings above in a particular order. The only thing we should learn from this is to be ‘thankful’.)