Gratitude To The Blessings Of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ
August 22,2016 - Published 2 years ago
Gratitude To The Blessings Of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ
Sayyiduna Salman Farsi رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: A man was blessed with magnificent wealth of the world and then he lost it all. He then began to praise Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. The only thing he was left with was a mat to lie on, yet he continued to praise Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Another rich man said to the man with the mat, ‘Now what are you thanking Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for?’ He replied, ‘I thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for the blessings that I won’t get even for the price of all the wealth of the world.’ The man enquired, ‘What is that?’ He responded, ‘Do you not see your eyes, tongue, hands and feet (as these are also great blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ )?’
(Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 4, pp. 112, Hadees 4462)
From the above-mentioned parable, we have learnt that one should not only thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ when we gain wealth or happiness, but we should thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ in every circumstance. On the contrary, regretfully we express thanks to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for wealth and happiness, but when a little trouble affects us, in the form of an illness or becoming poor, then we start complaining. If a man ponders over himself, he will find thousands of blessings that Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has granted him. If he continues to thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for these blessings throughout his life, even then it is insufficient. Indeed! As a matter of fact, if a man is given the whole wealth of this universe and is deprived of the blessings like hands, legs, eyes and ears, he will then realize the importance of these blessings.
Sayyiduna Muhammad Bin Haani رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has narrated with reference to a friend that once someone asked Sayyiduna Abu Haazim رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه, ‘O Abu Haazim! How should I show thanks for the eyes?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘If you see something good then publicise it and if you see something bad then conceal it.’ He responded, ‘How should I show thanks for the ears?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘If you hear something good then remember it and if you hear something bad then conceal it.’ He enquired, ‘How should I show thanks for the hands?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘Do not use them to obtain anything unlawful and do not restrict them from fulfilling your duties towards Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ .’ He enquired, ‘How should I show thanks for the abdomen?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه responded, ‘For it to have food in its lower portion and lots of knowledge in its upper portion.’ He enquired, ‘How should I show thanks for the private parts?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘As Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ says in the Holy Quran:
وَ الَّذِیۡنَ ہُمۡ لِفُرُوۡجِہِمۡ حٰفِظُوۡنَ ۙ﴿۵﴾ اِلَّا عَلٰۤی اَزۡوَاجِہِمۡ اَوۡ مَا مَلَکَتۡ اَیۡمَانُہُمۡ فَاِنَّہُمۡ غَیۡرُ مَلُوۡ مِیۡنَ ۚ﴿۶﴾ فَمَنِ ابۡتَغٰی وَرَآءَ ذٰلِکَ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡعٰدُوۡنَ
Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: And who guard their private organs. Except from their wives or the legal bondwomen that they possess, for then there is no blame upon them. So whoever desires more than these two - they are crossing the limits.
(Part 18, Surah Al-Mu`minoon, verse 5-8)
Then he asked, ‘How should I show thanks for the feet?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘If you see a living person that you are envious of, then use your feet to act like him (i.e. perform good deeds) and if you see a dead person that you resent, then refrain from acting like him (i.e. do not step forward towards evils). If you do this, you will become one who thanks Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Whoever gives verbal thanks only and not with other parts of his body, he is like that person who has a piece of cloth and takes hold of a corner of it, but does not wear it, this cloth will not protect him from the heat, cold, snow and rain.’
(Hilyat-ul-Awliya, vol. 3, pp. 279, Hadees 3963)
Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Ghazali رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has said: ‘Showing thanks means to respect somebody with the tongue, heart or body parts due to his favour and blessing.’
Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Ghazali رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has further said: Showing thanks for the heart is that one should make an intention for goodness and virtuous deeds with it . For the tongue, one should praise Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ with it. Thanks for other body parts is that the blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ should be spent in the worship of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and these blessings should be protected from being used in disobedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, even the thanks for eyes is that if someone sees the fault of a Muslim, then he should conceal it.
(Ihya-ul-‘Uloom, vol. 4, pp. 103)
If we use our blessings in the proper way and if we thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, then it is hoped from the mercy of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ that He عَزَّوَجَلَّ will continue to increase His blessings upon us and if despite gaining benefits from His blessings we become unthankful and complain, then due to this, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will be displeased with us and we may be deprived of these blessings. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has granted us countless blessings which the human intellect cannot count. Every blessing of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is a collection of countless wisdoms. Today, science has progressed a lot and new things are still being invented, but nothing in this world has ever been invented by which Allah’s countless blessings can be counted. In verse 18 of Surah An-Nahl, part 14, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has Himself stated:
وَ اِنۡ تَعُدُّ وۡا نِعۡمَۃَ اللہِ لَا تُحۡصُوۡہَا ؕ
Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: And if you count the favours of Allah, you will never be able to count them.
(Part 14, Surah An-Nahl, verse 18)
i.e. the blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ in creating the human being, such as a healthy body, safe from defects, perfect eyes, common sense, hearing, the ability to understand things, holding of the hands, walking with the legs etc. and the blessings which are bestowed upon him such as all the things which have been created to fulfil the religious and worldly needs of humans are so great in number that it is impossible to count them, even if someone tries to get the Ma’rifat (insight in Divine matters) of the minor blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, he will never be able to achieve this, then what can we say about those blessings which cannot be counted even if all of creation counts them together. Therefore, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has said: If you try to count the blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and spend your lives in it, even then you cannot do this.
(Khaazin, An-Nahl, Taht-al-Ayah: 18, vol. 3, pp. 117; Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 5, pp. 292)
Therefore, we should thank Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for each of His blessings and we must abstain from disobeying Him because if we thank Him for our blessings, they will increase.
One who gives thanks to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, develops more love for Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ in his heart. If thanks is given for blessings, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will further increase those blessings. The one who gives thanks for blessings, his ranks are elevated in the Hereafter and that blessing will never cause harm to him. It is half of faith to give thanks for blessings. The one who gives thanks for blessings, is blessed with obedience.
It is a habit of the pious people to give thanks for blessings. The person who does not give thanks to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ for His blessings, that blessing becomes a curse for him. Being ungrateful for blessings is destructive. It is a hurdle in blessings if thanks is not given for those blessings.
May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ enable us to give thanks for blessings and abstain from being ungrateful and complaining! May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless us with the privilege to constantly call people towards righteousness!
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد
VERY WELL WRITTEN
جزاک اللہ خیرا۔