If Only We Were Grateful

Date: 9th January 2015; 17th Rabi’ al-awwal 1436

When a servant of Allah is grateful to his Lord, Allah surely multiplies his blessings. Allah says in the Quran:

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’

Surah Ibrahim, Ayah 7 (14:7) Translation: Sahih International

Allah has blessed the Ummahs of various Prophets in various ways. For the Ummah of Prophet Musa (Alayhi As-Salām), the Bani Israel in a number of ways. Allah has mentioned in the Quran:

O Children of Israel, remember My favor that I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.

Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 47 (2:47) Translation: Sahih International

As the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), we should realize that we are the most blessed. Our beloved prophet will intercede for us on the Day of Judgement so that we be saved from the Hell-fire. It is mentioned in one Hadith:

Narrated by Umm Salamah (Radi Allahu Anha) that the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “My intercession will be for those among my ummah who have committed major sins.”

Reference: Sunan Abu Dawood. This Hadith has been classed as Sahih by Imam al-Albani (Rahmatullah Allaih) in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 3965.  

The blessings given to the Muslim Ummah can never be measured. We are indeed the most blessed of all nations in the past.

One of the profound blessing of Allah is to allow us to enter the Masjid during the prayer time. It is mentioned in one Hadith:

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The most beloved places on Earth to Allah are its Masjids, and the most despised places on Earth to Allah are its markets.”

Reference: Sahîh Muslim

All of us are tempted towards sins and always we are in the trap of sinning. The sins of this world has been made attractive to us so that Allah can test us. It is mentioned in the Quran:

Indeed, We have made that which is on the earth adornment for it that We may test them [as to] which of them is best in deed.

Surah Al-Kahf, Ayah 7 (18:7) Translation: Sahih International

To understand this ayah, let’s take a situation. Whenever we are placed in a situation where we are restricted to go, we are always tempted to go there. Like, the House of Parliament, where only specific people are capable enough to go there. However, outsiders are not allowed. It is only when someone has reached a certain level, he/she is capable of entering the the House of Parliament. But it is true that all of us are actually very enthusiastic to visit that place. And it is only because it is a restricted zone. For Allah, the most beloved place is the Masjid and it is in fact the most open place in this world. Everyone has the right to enter the Masjid. It is open for all. Let’s say if there was a ticket system to regulate the entrance to the Masjid. But Allah wanted us to receive His blessings at the most minimum cost, that is why He allowed the Masjid to be free. Places such as hotels, concerts and theatres we pay heavily to enter but still the attendance rate is huge in comparison to Masjid where we barely find people. Look at how ungrateful we truly are!

Just like the Masjid, water and air, the two most fundamental elements for survival have been made free for us. To the government we only pay for the maintenance cost for the supply of pure water but the water itself has been made free. Air has also been made in abundance so that none of us suffer from the lack of oxygen.

One thing most people fail to understand is that the reason why evil exist. If there is no hardship, no one would have known the sweetness of comfort, if there was no darkness, people would have never understood the blessing of Allah. If there was no evil, no one would have comprehended the lush feeling of goodness and kindness. The only thing Allah is asking us to do is to show a little bit of gratefulness towards Him.

As the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) we have been blessed with five waqts of Salah. Our brain, body, our organs, everything has been bestowed by our Lord but still we choose to transgress against His orders. We tend to feel lazy when performing Sujoods five periods a day. How despicable can we be in front of our Lord…

Prophet Sulaiman (Alayhi As-Salām) was made the king over all beings in this world. He was not the king for mankind but also animals, for the unseen like Jinns and even after that he never missed a single waqt of Salah. Most of us give the excuse of “being busy” in their life for not worshipping Allah but one should know none of us were as busy as Sulaiman (Alayhi As-Salām), who had to govern the entire world.

Caliph Harun al-Rashid was one of the greatest Muslim Caliph of all times. He had kingdom with an area of 5,300,000 square mile and still it is mentioned in the books that he always tried to pray two hundred rakah Nafl Salah every day. The reason why Allah gave him so much wealth in this world is because he was initially extremely grateful to whatever he had, that is why Allah expanded the kingdom of Harun al-Rashid.

Allah raises the status of those who are sincerely grateful towards him. If a person hide his good deeds and remain humble in the society, Allah will make him distinguishable among His servants. The reason why Harun al-Rashid’s empire expanded and the reason why he is known to most of us among all the other Islamic Caliph is because of his level of gratitude.

However, wealth and status can have negative effects. Like the Pharaohs, they were given a lot of wealth but due to their arrogance they were destroyed.

Another example from recent times about this concept can be given. One A Maulana once received education about Islamic jurisdiction and became a Mufti. However, since other people did not know of this, they still called him “Maulana”. The Mufti got hurt upon observing this and wanted to make himself distinguishable as a Mufti. But he chose the wrong path. He wanted to gain attention and so he gave a news at a local newspaper mentioning that “eating pigs and dogs is halal” by referring to fabricated Hadith and also referring to his own name as a Mufti. The people read his article but did not like his article and then they accused him of treason. In the end the Mufti apologized and everything was resolved. However, the reputation which he craved for was completely destroyed.

Allah raises the status for those whom He desires and for those whom He believes is worthy of. For his level of commitment, Allah gave Prophet Dawood (Alayhi As-Salām) a lot of blessings.

It is mentioned in the Quran:

Allah gave him (Dawod) the kingdom [after the death of Talut (Saul) and Samuel] and Al-Hikmah (Prophethood), and taught him of that which He willed. And if Allah did not check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief. But Allah is full of Bounty to the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).

Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 251 (2:251) Translation: Muhsin Khan

Allah destroyed the disbelievers for Prophet Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) and for that he became known as the “Second Adam” of this world.

For Prophet Dawood (Alayhi As-Salām), Allah guided him to win the jihad against the kafirs by giving him the power to wield iron. The Quran says:

And indeed We bestowed grace on Dawood from Us (saying): “O you mountains. Glorify (Allah) with him! And you birds (also)! And We made the iron soft for him.”

Saying: “Make you perfect coats of mail, balancing well the rings of chain armour, and work you (men) righteousness. Truly, I am All Seer of what you do.”

Surah Saba, Ayah 10-11 (34:10-11) Translation: Muhsin Khan

At the time of jihad, the number of disbelievers were so huge in number, for the sake of Dawud (Alayhi As-Salām), Allah gave him the blessing of shaping iron in his hand so as to make armor. His voice so beautiful that when he used to recite the Zabur the birds from the sky used to come down, the fishes used to come near the shore, even the mountains used to bend so as to listen to his recitation.

Prophet Dawud (Alayhi As-Salām) was such a grateful servant that Allah wanted to carry forward his level of gratitude by giving him a rightful son who was none other than Prophet Sulaiman (Alayhi As-Salām). Allah mentions in the Quran:

And to Dawud We gave Sulaiman. How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!

Surah Sad, Ayah 30 (38:30) Translation: Muhsin Khan

If we are grateful as servants towards Allah He will give us righteous children who will pray for us even after we leave this world. Both Dawud (Alayhi As-Salām) and Sulaiman (Alayhi As-Salām) were blessed due to their sincere submission to Allah and they praised His blessings. The Quran mentions:

And indeed We gave knowledge to Dawud (David) and Sulaiman (Solomon), and they both said: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves!”

And Sulaiman (Solomon) inherited (the knowledge of) Dawud (David). He said: “O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds, and on us have been bestowed all things. This, verily, is an evident grace (from Allah).”

Surah An-Naml, Ayahs 15-16 (27:15-16) Translation: Muhsin Khan

Knowledge, power, status and kingdom all were given to Sulaiman (Alayhi As-Salām) and he made proper use of it. He was always a thankful servant even he was the richest man of this world in his time.

It is a great niamah to be able to come to this Masjid. There are people in our society, possessing a lot of wealth, who are incapable of coming to the Masjid. For the ones who are able to come, we should be grateful to be among the blessed ones, Allah may have not blessed us all with wealth but He has blessed us to come to the best place in this world.

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