In The Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Gratitude in the way that we use it in Arabic is more than Shukr.
Combination of Hamd (Praise) and Shukr (thanks)
So I begin by saying all thanks and praise is due to Allah.
I am grateful to join you this blessed morning
Thanks for the work of Min Farrakhan, Akbar Muhammad,
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Brother Jalil and Sister Nisa….thank you and
All the brothers and sister who make this prayer call possible
And all those who are on the line with us and those who will benefit for this month of Ramadan
Salat is full of Gratitude:
Al-Hamdulillah, Subhanna Rubbi athmeen, Subhanna Rubbi ‘ala……
We will divide gratitude into two types:
– Thankfulness to Allah
– Thankfulness to people.
Everyday life is filled with distractions that prevent from seeing all that Allah has done and is doing for us. Although gratitude is ALWAYS beneficial, it’s not always easy. When you’re feeling discouraged, sad or overwhelmed, it’s probably not on your radar to thank God. But shifting focus and thanking Allah for all He’s done in our lives is the fastest way to change our attitude and reenergize our faith.
Gratitude to Allah
Obviously the one who is most deserving of thanks and praise from us is Allah because of the great blessings that He has bestows in our lives every day. Allah has commanded us to give thanks to Him for those blessings, and not to deny them.
Gratitude and thankfulness are mentioned on many occasions in the Qur’an but we will only mention a few to make the point
Allah says in the Qur’an [2:152]:
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me”
Allah says in [2:172]:
Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His favor to you that you may be thankful”
“And if you would count the favors of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Truly, Allah is OftForgiving, Most Merciful”
“And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah”
“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”
To break this down, Allah also says [43:13-14]:
”In order that you may mount on their backs, and then may remember the Favor of your Lord when you mount thereon, and say: ”Glory to Him Who has subjected this to us, and we could never have it (by our efforts). And verily, to Our Lord we indeed are to return!”
Allah mentioned in the previously mentioned ayah the three pillars of gratitude, and they are:
Acknowledgement of Allah’s blessings in our lives
It was narrated in Sahih Muslim that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah is pleased with a person who eats some food and then praises Him for it, or who drinks some drink and then praises Him for it.”
Instead of getting out of bed with the weight of the world on our shoulders, let’s try refocusing on our Creator by thanking Him for all that He has done in our lives. For the provisions that he is providing. For the guidance that he provides us. For even the unseen blessings he has given us.
Proclamation of Allah’s Blessings, Speaking about it, and Praising Allah for it.
Our grandparents used to call it “testifying” in church. It was where they got up and spoke about and proclaimed God’s blessings in their lives and how it tested and strengthened their faith. We don’t do this enough and this tradition is spoken about in the Qur’an and we need to practice it.
3. Submission to Allah
That is because the intent behind the statement of Allah, ”And verily, to Our Lord we indeed are to return” is acknowledgement of the fact that we will die one day and that we must be prepared for that.
When we recall that he is encompassed by the blessings of Allah and that nothing is from himself, but rather blessings have an origin (i.e. all blessings are from Allah); and that its means are facilitated and its obtainment made easy; and that it remains and continues (and) that which blocks it is repelled; and that all of this is from Allah–; so when the slave recalls this (in his mind and heart), he submits to Allah, humbles himself and thanks and Praises Him, and way of this the slave is given continuous blessings and Allah blesses him in this, so that it becomes true blessings (in reality).
Other ways to show gratitude to Allah:
– Thanking Allah by saying “Alhamdulillah” (all praise and thanks be to Allah)
– Thanking Allah by worshipping him (performing the five pillars). Especially in this blessed month of Ramadan when we should be thankful that the blessings are multiplied. We can show gratitude by taking advantage of this month fully!
– Thanking Allah by doing good deeds (e.g, showing kindness to others; giving charity; doing favors)
– Thanking Allah by not sinning
– Prostration of thankfulness:
It is from the suggested that when one is especially thankful to Allah for a surprise blessing or when Allah has saved him from a trial is to make a prostration of thankfulness. You know, one of those blessings that just come out of nowhere! One should prostrate immediately the way he is and praise Allah with whatever words he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thankfulness to Allah
This prostration comprises of one prostration, and one does not need to be in wudoo (state of purification) to perform it.
Thanking Other People
A hadith in Bukhari states: “He who has not thanked the people has not thanked Allah”
A hadith in At-Tirmithi states “Whoever has a favor done for him and says Jazaak Allahu khayran (may Allah reward you with good) has done his utmost to thank him.”
So thanking the people is a form of thanking our creator. And gratitude here means reciprocating kindness and giving praise to the one who has done good and kind things. Let’s make it a habit to thank the people.
A few profound quotes on gratitude:
Psalm 136:1: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 107:3: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
William Arthur Ward said: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Type 1.- Lip-Service Gratitude
If you were asked to make a list of the things you’re grateful for, what would it include? Most likely, you would list important relationships, life circumstances, and possessions, such as:
Type 2 – Attitude Gratitude
Unlike type 1 gratitude, the second type is not just a temporary state we enter when things are going well or as compensation when we feel down and dissatisfied with our situation.
Type 2 gratitude represents a more permanent underlying shift in attitude. Your feeling of gratitude goes beyond your life circumstances and possessions and is actually independent of outcomes. You’re grateful for all your experiences, positive and negative, and you see them as part of the journey called life. You’ve come to realize that life has constant ups and downs and that there ’s always much to be grateful for. If you were to make a list of things you’re grateful for while experiencing this type of gratitude, your list might include everything on the previous list, plus things such as:
Type 3- I Am Gratitude
The third type of gratitude represents a continuous state of gratefulness, one that you don’t shift into or out of. Rather than practicing gratitude, you live it, all the time. With this type of gratitude, you transcend your daily preoccupation with your small self and experience a sense of oneness with everything. Your life is about selfless service and giving back, because all your needs are met.
Some time ago my wife and I saw the movie “Happy”
Gratitude to Allah for all
Gratitude by being Togetherness
Gratitude by doing something for others
Let us keep our tongues and our lips wet with the dhikr (rememberance) of Allah in this month of Ramadan.
In Closing: I have prepared some healthy tips for fasting Ramadan http://www.imamjohari.wordpress.com
May bless you Allah in this month of mercy, forgiving and freedom from the fire/entry into paradise forever.
If agree with me say Ameen….