After refusing to bow down to Adam (A.S), Shaytaan said: “Then I will certainly come to them from before them and from behind them, and from the right-hand side and from the left-hand side, and You (Allah) shall not find most of them thankful.” (Al-Araf 7:17)
Everybody knows that one person that complains about every single thing. That’s not even an exaggeration. Pretty sure the only reason they’re kept around is because of the entertainment they provide. It gets fun listening to them rag on about how ‘sandy’ the beach was. Politicians these days, I tell you.
We were sitting in the airport waiting for a connecting flight. Of course, the first thing I checked for was Free WiFi (We all do that, don’t give me that look!). Much to my despondence, the signal strength stubbornly sat at one bar. Now, instead of sparing a thought to my dad and brothers, who had trouble even logging in, I was more concerned about the boy watching a movie (90% sure it was online) on his phone. Because, HOW WAS HIS NETWORK SO STRONG? I didn’t curse him or anything. Maybe freaked him out with my incessant staring during the ‘trying to figure out what phone he has’ period (Totally kidding about the staring because I’m scared of appearing on the terrorist list, by the way xD).
My point is getting a bit waylaid. Too often are we envious because we aren’t grateful for what we have. Nabi (S.A.W) gave us the cure; in terms of worldly things, look to those beneath you, for this will keep you thankful. Allah warns us that by not making Shukr, we’re adhering to the fancies of Shaytaan. And it’s unconsciously done. The thought of actually saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ randomly for our health doesn’t even cross our mind. Sure, when we see others going through a difficulty of some sort, the blessings that we have become apparent. That’s not enough!
Al-Mughira narrates that The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) used to stand in Salaah until either His (S.A.W)’s feet or legs swelled. When the Sahaabah (R.A) asked Him (S.A.W) why such an unbearable Salaah was offered, Nabi (S.A.W) answered, “Should I not be a thankful slave?” [Al-Bukhari]
There are three types of Gratitude: Gratitude of the heart is when the heart senses the value of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us. Gratitude of the tongue means acknowledging verbally that Allah is the One who grants blessings and keeping the tongue busy with the praises of Allah. Gratitude of the physical faculties means using one’s physical faculties in obedience of Allah and keeping them from committing sins and acts of disobedience that Allah has forbidden.
Nabi (S.A.W) is reported to have said: “He, who is not thankful to Mankind, is not thankful to Allah.”
Umar ibn al-Khattaab (R.A) said: “If one of you knew what there is in his saying to his brother, ‘Jazakallah Khair’, you would say it a great deal to one another.” [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/322)].
Basic manners compel you to say ‘Thank You’. However, if you’re speaking to a Muslim, vocalise the words “Jazakallah Khair” to them rather. You’re asking Allah to bless them with good, instead of mouthing empty words.
It is Sunnah to respond to ‘Jazakallah Khair’ with the words “Wa Antum, Fa Jazakamullah Khairan”.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,