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)
Asalam aleikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,
do you ever take a minute to look around you and just digest how amazing God is to you every single day? Does it ever occur to you that you are not guaranteed to wake up every morning and be able to go about your day the same way you did tyesterday? Do you ever think about the fact that you God does not owe you anything yet He continues to shower you with blessings even when you out rightly disobey Him? Allah is indeed Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim. His Mercy is encompassing and does not discriminate.
Out of the 24 hours of your day, how much time do you spend to say Alhamdulillah? How many times do you thank God for His bounties? Well I don’t know about you but I know I don’t do it enough. We take life for granted as if we do not see the people who loose theirs everyday. We seem to forget that He gives and can take anytime. The more we thank Allah the more He gives us. “And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks (by accepting faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily, My punishment is indeed severe’” [14:7]
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me” [2:152]
Even the Prophets and Messengers (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) thanked Allah:
“Verily, Ibrahim was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allah, Haneef (i.e. to worship none but Allah), and he was not one of those who were Al‑Mushrikoon (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and those who joined partners with Allah). (He was) thankful for His (Allah’s) favours. He (Allah) chose him (as an intimate friend) and guided him to a Straight Path ” [16:120, 121]
“O offspring of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nûh (Noah)! Verily, he was a grateful slave” [17:3]
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:
“O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allah — Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, if it is indeed He Whom you worship” [2:172]
“And surely, We gave you authority on the earth and appointed for you therein provisions (for your life). Little thanks do you give”[7:10]
“And among His Signs is this, that He sends the winds as glad tidings, giving you a taste of His Mercy (i.e. rain), and that the ships may sail at His Command, and that you may seek of His Bounty, in order that you may be thankful” [31:46]
“O you who believe! When you intend to offer As-Salah (the prayer), wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. If you are in a state of Janaba (i.e. after a sexual discharge), purify yourselves (bathe your whole body). But if you are ill or on a journey, or any of you comes after answering the call of nature, or you have been in contact with women (i.e. sexual intercourse), and you find no water, then perform Tayammum (dry ablution) with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His favour to you that you may be thankful” [5:6]
Gratitude to Allah is beyond saying Alhamdulillah. It also means obeying Him and doing that which He likes. It means Loving Him and abstaining from sin. Just like you wouldnt want to ‘bite the hand that feeds you’, you wouldnt want to anger God, right?
May Allah make us among those who are thankful to Him and His creation through which He passes our blessings. H=May He continue to bless us and protect that which He has blessed us with.