Gratitude in Islam

on Monday, August 26, 2013

Whenever you meet a Muslim and ask him how he is doing, he would reply with the word “Alhamdulillah” meaning (praise be to Allah). These words showing gratitude is one of the many practices that make Islam such a beautiful religion.

Gratitude is one of the most beautiful virtues as all you have to do is ”be happy”, and in return you will get more happiness. Allah has promised abundance and bounties for the grateful hearts that acknowledge and always remember His blessings. He has promised; “If you are thankful, I will grant you increase” (Ibrahim 14:7).

Trust is the major factor that comes in here and gratitude, it’s an indicator. Be thankful for all that you have and know that your lord is your protector and your provider as He has always been, and be grateful.

According to the teachings of Islam one cannot be thankful to Allah Almighty in a complete sense until he learns to be thankful to His people as well; people who are there for you when you need them, your comforters, listeners and those who help you in the time of need.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to pray for long hours deep into the night, and it is reported by Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) “The Prophet used to offer prayer at night (for such a long time) that his feet used to crack….”

If we really look around us, there is so much more to be grateful about than just our wishes that have come true. There is so much that Allah has granted us with without us even asking. Islam preaches gratitude for the reason that we exist, that we are, and we can think and breathe and for the reason that we are alive. Everything we have, and we are, makes our hearts liable to beat out gratitude to Allah every second.

He is always there, listening to the whispers in our hearts that even we can’t hear. When we don’t even know what to pray for or what we exactly need, He knows, and He always grants and only He does. So why then should we not be thankful at all times, no matter what condition we are in, Allah, the creator of the heavens and earth are listening to us ever so intently.

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