Now that we have learnt about the dua’ of Umm Salama, let’s talk about gratitude.
Question: Let’s all go around and state a few things we’re grateful for.
Those are all really great! Alhamdulillah for all of those!
Question: Do you know what the opposite of shukr, or showing thanks, is?
It’s actually the word kufr (unbelief). Sometimes, we complain so much that we hide all the good that Allah has given us and we only see the hardships.
Allah wants us to stay grateful for everything He has given us. Our health, our family, our talents, and most importantly, our religion. Allah reminds us in the Qur’an:
وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]…” [Surah Ibrahim; 7]
When Allah tells us, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you,” He leaves the increase open-ended.
Allah can give us more in what we thank Him for. He can also give us more appreciation and awareness of the blessings He has granted us.
Did you know that saying alhamdulillah (all praise is due to Allah) and showing gratitude actually changes the way our brains are shaped, inside our heads? People who show gratitude on a daily basis end up feeling happier too!
When Allah blew Adam’s soul into him, Adam responded by sneezing, and he said: alhamdulillah. That was the first word that was ever uttered by a human being.
And do you know what the last word will be?
وَتَرَى الْمَلَائِكَةَ حَافِّينَ مِنْ حَوْلِ الْعَرْشِ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ ۖ وَقُضِيَ بَيْنَهُم بِالْحَقِّ وَقِيلَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
“And you will see the angels surrounding the Throne, exalting [Allah] with praise of their Lord. And it will be judged between them in truth, and it will be said, “[All] praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds,”’ [Surah az-Zumar; 75]
Isn’t that amazing? We begin and end with praising and thanking Allah .
Allah reminds us in the Qur’an:
وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّـهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful,” [Surah an-Nahl; 18]
Question: Even though we won’t be able to list all of Allah’s favors, can each of you think of at least 10?
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