today I realized an important lesson. A very valuable lesson about being grateful. There are many instances in our lives, perhaps almost all the time that we forgot to be grateful for all that Allah swt has bestowed us with. We have the gift of our beautiful eyes to be able to see with, our feet to walk with, our hands to use our daily chores- yet we act as if these just came about, as we if we do not owe any shukur (thanks). This is a grave and miserable act on our behalf. What made me realize this? Today as a group of sisters and I went what I like to call, “sadaqah hunting,” we knocked on a door among many others. Children came running towards us with a smile and their older sisters and mother came right behind them. As we explained to them what we needed the donations for a young blind girl came up to us where her grandmother was standing. She shook hands with us and placed a kiss on our hands. The grandmother then asked us to make du’a for her grand-daughter. What’s incredibly shocking is how the girl lost her sight. She is about the age of 8-11 years old. She was able to see before 3 months ago. One night she went to sleep and woke up in the morning with no sight at all. She’s been to many different doctors but they tell her that there’s no hope of her eyesight coming back. My heart felt like it was struck with lightning because the fact that we seem to miss is that this can happen to anyone of us, and perhaps many of us are using our eyesight- a blessing from Allah to watch bad things (movies, pornography, dances, etc. ). Is not Allah capable of taking our eyesight away? Indeed He is. The gifts we have been given are enormous and plenty, but the question is how do we use it and are we grateful to Allah for all the things He has bestowed us with? I pray that Allah forgives us all for our public and private sins and may Allah grant the young girl a bright vision by His will. May Allah make us among the shaakiriin (those who are grateful). Gratitude is an important element and one that we often neglect. Thank Allah for everything He has given you. If Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wasalam) would pray continuously till his feet would swell just to be a grateful servant of Allah, than should we not follow in his beautiful example? should we not emulate these good characteristics? Let’s evaluate ourselves, remove ourselves from sinful acts, and improve on our lives to better our lives in dunya (the world) and in the akhirah (hereafter).
Reported by Anas (RA): I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said: “When I afflict my slave in his two dear things (i.e. his eyes), and he endures patiently, I shall compensate him for them with Jannah.”
. . then when (Sulaiman (Solomon)) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his own self). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful” [An-Naml: 40]
“Gratitude helps us focus our minds on Allah, something that has unfortunately become so difficult today on account of life’s distractions and attractions. Gratitude, therefore, corrects our perceptions by reminding us that everything that happens to us doesn’t happen because of its own volition and thus we shouldn’t take matters for “granted”. Allah says in the Quran: “And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah” [al-Nahl 16:53]. He also says, “And He found you poor and made you rich (self?sufficient with self?contentment)” [al-Duha 93:8]. Let’s therefore constantly remind ourselves of Allah’s bounties by expressing our gratitude to Him in prayers and at other times.” -Iqrasense.com
“If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He grants them reprieve unto an appointed term, and when their term comes – then verily Allah is Ever All-Seer of His slaves” [Fatir (35):45]
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