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

Gratitude is of two degrees, one of which is obligatory, which is doing obligatory actions and avoiding haraam 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 Haazim al-Zaahid 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 haraam things, a person does supererogatory acts of worship. This is the degree of those who have gone ahead and closer to Allaah.

[Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukam|Page: 245, 246]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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2 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Taqwa says:

    Jazaaki Allahu Khairan for this beautiful and inspiring post. Surely, the reminder benefits the believer. BarakAllah Feek!

  2. Alhamdulillaah, May Allaah bless you always uhkty fillah for always visiting my site. Hayakillaah.

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