Gratitude (Shukr)

The first words that Adam (AS) ever pronounced are:“Al HamduLillah”

“Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds”

“Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me.”(2:152) “No! But worship Allah and be among the thankful.”

“If you tried to number Allah’s blessings, you could never count them.”

Our thanks do not profit Allah (SWT)in any way, and our refusal to thank Himdoes not harmHim in the least.It is only for our own benefit.

“If you give thanks, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)said:

“Iman has two halves: one half patience one half gratitude.”

The Quran also explains that one of Satan’s main aims is to keep people from being grateful.
One should receive favors with humility and express his need to Allah (SWT),the Bestower of favors,and mention that he is unworthy of the favors bestowed upon him,and that it is only due to the Mercy and Generosity of Allah that such favors were bestowed.

We take everything for granted,health, wealth, family,even Islam and we never appreciate something until we lose it (health, good spouse,good job, etc.)

To make Shukr is to be happy, content and thankful to Allah (SWT) for whatever He has givenus. We should not feel that we have less than others do because some people don’t even have what we have. Allah (SWT) does not like people who do not make Shukr and are greedy.

The Prophet (SAWS) said: “He who does not thank Allah for small favors will not thank Him for great ones.”

Let’s Train our Tongue to Thank Allah (SWT).

“But few of My servants are grateful!”

A lot of people are knokcking on Allah”s (SWT) doors. A lot are knocking on the door of Salaat (prayers); a lot are knocking on the door of Siyyam (fasting). But Allah (SWT) is telling us few are knocking on the door of gratitude, so let’s be one of them.

Ya Allah! We thank you for selecting us to be Muslim. Ya Allah! We thank you for your mercy and generosity, you gave us health, family, wealth, and a lot more that we cannot count. Ya Allah! You gave us a lot in the past and the present and we never thanked You so please forgive us. Ya Allah! Please accept our sincere thanks and gratitude for every Naa’ma blessing that you gave us in the past, or the present and we did not thank you for it.

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