By Haroon I Balogun
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
“And If you would count the blessings of Allah you would not be able to count them…” (Surah Ibrahim 14:34)
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Suratul-Baqarah 2: 152)
“Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?” (Surah Ar-Rahman)
“Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allah), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it.” [Muslim Chapter 14, Book 042, Number 7138]
Obviously, there is no limit to the favours of Allâh, a Muslim should unceasingly keep himself occupied with the remembrance of Allah and expresses gratitude to Him. No matter the iota of goodness, it is worth more than anything human being can give in return.
People spend their entire lives in beseeching Allah for one thing or the other. From the air they breathe to the food they eat, from being able to use their hands and feet to being able to work and walk, speak, hear, smell; from shelter to laughter and from happiness to healthy living; these are indeed Allah’s blessings. Then He added onto us other extra favours that most people erroneously think come solely with their efforts and endeavours.
Some think that everything happens spontaneously. No! Nothing happens except that it has been decreed to happen. Working hard to achieve a goal is necessary though, but God decides how he rewards mankind.
The blessings bestowed by Allah are more than what we can count. Showing gratitude is one way of recognising the favours of Allah and if you do, you are bound to have more. Allah says in the Quran: “If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you”. In the word La-inshakartum La azidannakum” in verse 7 of Suratul Ibrahim, the underlined La in the second word is used to confirm, without doubt, that Allah will further blesses the person who show gratitude to Him and that it is actually in the form of an oath.
So, Allah is promising any being who gives thanks to Him would be further blessed. Indeed, Allah never breaks His promise. “And remember! Your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): “If you are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you; But if you show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.”
Some are wont to wait for special occasion to render thanks to Allah. They failed to understand that every moment in someone’s life is as good a time for showing gratitude to the Creator. In fact, every breath in our lives worth more than a million gratitude to Allah. If one reflects only for a moment, he would instantly comprehend that he is always surrounded with infinite favours. At every moment, every minute, there is an uninterrupted flow of favours reaching him: his life, good health, intelligence, consciousness, his five senses, the air that he breaths; in brief, everything that makes life possible is given to man as a favour.
In return for all these, a person is expected to serve Allâh in gratitude. Those who are heedless of these favours and accordingly refused to turn to Allâh, only acknowledge the importance of these favours when they are deprived of them. This is indeed a punishment for their ingratitude.
Gratitude to Allâh is one of the acts of worship mostly emphasised in the Qur’ân. In almost 70 verses, the importance of rendering thanks to Allah is stated. If you give thanks to your creator, you are sure of getting more rewards as He as promised that expression of gratitude attracts more blessings while failure to glorify God over the blessings of God attracts punishment.
Again, no punishment shall befall those who have faith and are grateful: “What will Allâh gain by your punishment, if you are grateful and you believe? Nay, it is Allâh that recognises (all good), and know all things.” (An-Nisa, 147) This verse, together with many others give good tidings that Allâh rewards those who remain grateful to their Creator:
Expression of gratitude is a part of the test by Allah. Man is surely endowed with favour from Him and is informed about how he should benefit from this favour. In return, man is expected to assume a submissive attitude towards his Creator even as he rejoices and expresses gratitude to God.
Ibn Majah recorded that Ibn ‘Umar said that the Messenger of Allah said, (A servant of Allah once said, ‘O Allah! Yours is praise that is suitable for the grace of Your Face and the greatness of Your Supreme Authority.’ The two angels were confused as to how to write these words.
They ascended to Allah and said, ‘O our Lord! A servant has just uttered a statement and we are unsure how to record it for him.’ Allah said while having more knowledge in what His servant has said, ‘What did My servant say’ They said, ‘He said, ‘O Allah! Yours is the praise that is suitable for the grace of Your Face and the greatness of Your Supreme Authority.’ Allah said to them, ‘Write it as My servant has said it, until he meets Me and then I shall reward him for it.)
Always say Subhanallah, wa-lhamdulillah.
My Lord, Sustain me that I may be thankful for the favours that You have conferred upon me and my parents, and to do what is righteous that I may receive Your satisfaction. Alhamdullilah Robil- Alameen.