How many of us are truly grateful to the one who created us, sustains us and provided innumerable blessings upon us?
Do we truly Thank HIM as we should?
To attain TRUE thankfulness TO Allah, there are 5 affairs that a person must have:
Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullah] comments on showing thanks by mentioning that to attain TRUE thankfulness TO Allah, there are 5 affairs that a person must have:
1. That a person surrenders and submits to ALLAH
2. That the person loves the one who has blessed him. i.e ALLAH
3. That a person recognises the blessings of ALLAH upon him
4. That a person praises ALLAH for blessing him with this bounty
5. That a person does NOT use that blessing to do anything that displeases ALLAH
So as our Great Scholar Ibnul Qayyim Al Jawziyyah [rahimahullaah] mentioned these are the conditions for true thankfulness towards Al-Maalik, other Great Scholars of the Past have mentioned that
Thankfulness has to be attested to by the Tongue, by the Heart and by the Limbs, and the manner in which we show Thanks to Allah upon the limbs is to stay away from sin.
To sum up we should be grateful, Praise Allah and show Thanks to Allah for the Blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us and to receive more of Allah’s Blessings HE has told us what we should do when ALLAH says:
And [remember] when your LORD proclaimed “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshiping 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.” (Ibrahim 14:7)
and as ALLAH say HE rewards those who give thanks and are grateful
‘As a Favour from Us, thus do We reward him who gives thanks (by obeying Us).’ (Al-Qamar 54:35)
and HE says:
“Verily, your Lord is full of Grace for mankind, yet most of them do not give thanks.” (An-Naml 27:73)
So lets strive to be amongst the few, [who are truly grateful to ALLAH]
So after this reminder to myself and then to you the next question applies:
‘Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?’ (Ar-Rahman 55:13)
And lets not forget being guided to Islaam is the Greatest Blessing.
‘All the praises and thanks be to Allah, to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. His is all the praises and thanks in the Hereafter, and He is the All-Wise All-Aware.’ (Saba’ 34:1)