Imam Shafe’e (may Allah have mercy on him) has said:
“To be able to thank Allah for a blessing is a blessing within itself.”
What do we have to thank Allah for?
No. That question should read:
What don’t we have to thank Allah for?
We have so much to be grateful for, so much to thank Allah for.
We have a home. How many Syrians do?
We have food. How many Somalians don’t?
We have peace. How many people are living amidst war?
We have Allah.
Hence, Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal.
What is gratitude?
Gratitude is knowing that whatever we have is from Allah.
Gratitude helps in warding off punishment from Allah.
Gratitude helps us to slow down and to enjoy what we have.
Gratitude sought by exercising patience against unlawful desires prevents us from harmful consequences later.
Gratitude trains our minds to focus on the right things in life.
Gratitude helps us recognize other people’s favors to us.
Gratitude is going beyond words and instead, thanking through our actions.
Gratitude helps increase one’s blessings.
Gratitude helps us to get the pleasure of Allah, both in this world and in the hereafter.
“…and Allah will give reward to those who are grateful.” (Quran – Sura Ali Imran Verse 144)
So maybe we didn’t get up in the best of moods today. Maybe we a bit down. Maybe the home is not what we would it to be and relationships are a tad lacking. Maybe our financial status is in the slums and our marriage is on the rocks. And maybe life is hard and we don’t want to get out of bed and face another day.
But is our situation, tough as it is, anything comparable to the people who are suffering out there?
When we honestly weigh it, we are actually in a pretty good place. And we have alot to thank Allah for.
So Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal.
The importance of gratitude was emphasized by our Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) when he took the hand of Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) and said: “O Mu’aadh, by Allah I love you, by Allah I love you.” Then he said, “I advise you, O Mu’aadh, do not fail to say this after every prayer:
“Allahumma A’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibadatika.
O Allah help me to remember You, to thank You and to worship You properly.”
Let us make a step towards being truly grateful to Allah for all thet He has blessed us with.
Let us ensure that we memorize this supplication and also recite it after every prayer.
Finally, remember that being grateful is not an option, it is a requirement of every human being.
Remember that being grateful one brings us closer to those whom we thank and appreciate, especially our Creator.