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THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE by Dr Uthman Lateef

Allah (swt) speaks about two kinds of people in the Quran when he says that Allah (swt) has guided you to the way of truth and shown you the way so you can differentiate between good and bad, between haqq (truth) and batil (falsehood), between Imaan (faith) and Kufr (disbelief) Tawheed and Shirk you can make that distinction.

The shakir is the one who thanks Allah (swt) for the things he sees in front of him…and the many blessings that comes his way, but the shakoor thanks Allah (swt) for the things that don’t come his way and for the things that are taken away from him.

Allah (swt) has shown you that, the correctness of the way of haqq and the error of the way of batil (falsehood), whether you be grateful or whether you are extremely ungrateful (kafoor), whether you are truly an ungrateful person.

The specific shukoor is for Imaan that Allah (swt) gave you and Tawheed, that Allah (swt) made you an Ummah of “La ilaha ila Allah”, and that you don’t ascribe any partners with Him Subhana w ta’ala

And we see it in two ways like Ibn Qayyim (rahmatullahi alaihi) says the general shukoor my dear brothers for the fact that Allah (swt) has given you food, just think Allah (swt) has given you food and drink and that satisfies you, and there are people on this planet, on Earth, who don’t have food. Let alone the big things that we are waiting for in our lives and the big things that we’re expecting to happen to us, and the big homes we are expecting to build or to buy, leave all of this, people simply don’t have food. They don’t have bread, they don’t have water. And Allah (swt) requires from you to acknowledge that and think about that…

And Ibn Qayyim (rahmatullahi alaihi) says there are two kinds of thankful people even within the frame of thankfulness, the ‘Shakir’ and the ‘Shakoor’

The shakir is the one who thanks Allah (swt) for the things he sees in front of him…and the many blessings that comes his way, but the shakoor thanks Allah (swt) for the things that don’t come his way and for the things that are taken away from him.

There are those you see and the Prophet of course spoke about this when he said sallahu alayhi wassalam.

“Indeed all of the affairs of the believer are strange. Everything that Allah (swt) decrees for him is good for him and if a blessing comes his way he thanks Allah (swt) and that’s good for him and if a hardship comes his way (sabr) he is patient and that’s good for him”

But then there is those who transcend even that…because even in the time of difficulty, where people’s recourse is to moan and complain and to swear and to abuse and become abusive because they are angry. How could this thing happen to me? But the shakoor is not like that. He would thank Allah (swt) in hardship as much as he would thank Allah (swt) in ease. He knows because everything is a blessing from Him, one of the promises of Allah (swt) in the Quran, when Allah (swt) declared:

“And your Lord to be the declared, if you thank Allah (swt) will increase you, but if you’re ungrateful then the punishment of Allah (swt) is severe, if you thank Allah (swt) will increase you.”

Ibn Qayyim says whenever you find a loss in their affairs the first thing they should do is begin to thank Allah (swt), begin to make shukoor And be a way of that they would see an increase in their affairs. Sometimes it’s a missing link often times people say, like you know we experience kushoo in our salah at Fajr time, but by the time it was Dhuhr it was all gone and we find we have something good in one place but then its finished by the next stage. But you simply ask yourself did I thank Allah (swt) for that kushoo in my salah in the first time, that Allah (swt) will maintain it for me for the second one and perhaps a third one and fourth and the fifth, and if Allah (swt) gives you a blessing at one point did you remember Him and thank Him for that blessing…that Allah (swt) will increase you in that blessing.

We should remember that my dear brothers…

And one of the ways my dear brothers to try and become more thankful and grateful people is to take his hadith at heart

When the Prophet said sallahu alayhi wassalam,

“Look to those who have less than you”

Look to those who are lower than you, not to those who are higher than you, or not to those who have more than you, because if you always look to those who have more than you it will make you undermine the favor of Allah (swt) upon you. If you’re always looking up and you’re never looking down and trying to see where are other peoples so I can be higher than them. And never considering those who are low and don’t have all the many wonderful things that you have. You will begin to underestimate or undermine the favor of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala upon you.

By Dr Uthman Lateef

Transcribed by Arshad

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