Islam

Gratitude

Hey guys, thanks for joining me.

Basically, this is my first official blog post and boyyy, am I excited?! 💃💃

First, what does Gratitude mean to you?

To me, it is the state of being grateful. And there are so many things to be grateful for, SubhanAllah. Family, friends, food, water, air, being alive and lots more.

Often, we tend to see some things as being trivial or as “normal”, therefore there’s no need to be grateful for them. Things we see as normal, such as breathing, the ability to eat, are luxuries to other people.

We should learn to be grateful to God for everything. A friend told me this morning about a man he saw yesterday and who died this morning. And here I am, alive but not by my own making.

Having good friends who care about you is a blessing worth being grateful for. Not everyone is as privileged as you are; not everyone has friends who command them to do good. Some people push their friends to damnation.

You’re successful, healthy and happy but not by your own making. Some people literally move from one problem to another, aren’t they creations of God? Be grateful for whatever you have, in whatever situation you find yourself.

“And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): “If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you” (Q14:V7).”

We also need to inculcate the habit of being grateful to people. Nobody is under any compulsion to be nice to you, treat you well or give you things. No one is obligated to be friends with you. It is no one’s duty to help you. But, when people do these things, either because of their religious beliefs, out of sympathy or just out of being human; the least you can do is to be grateful.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi).

He did not limit gratefulness to relatives, friends or only Muslims. He used the Arabic term “Naas” which means all human beings. So the attitude of gratefulness to each and all, Muslim or non-Muslim; neighbor or non-neighbor;friend, acquaintance, stranger or foe; is the way to be thankful to God.

This post was inspired by my ability to start the blog. And for that I’m grateful.

May Allah make it easy for us to be grateful to him and to other people.

What does Gratitude mean to you?

What are your ways of showing gratitude?

Leave your answers in the comment box and let’s interact.

❤, Simbiat.

PC: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/thanksgiving-healthy-gratitude/

4 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. Gratitude is what is left if we remove our ego each time someone who doesn’t measure up to us in terms if greatness and social status offers to help us in things we never imagined they are capable of doing. Gratitude is being cheerful and grateful to them after the unsolicited assistance.
    Gratitude is being hopeful in times of adversities, grateful in times of blessings and steadfast when trials and tribulations strike.

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  2. Gratitude is life. No matter how little the thing a person did for you, show gratitude. You are just privileged to get that. One mistake some people make is the believe that someone certain set of people do not require your gratitude, maybe cos they are rich.
    But even if someone is rich enough to give you 100k a gift, showing gratitude with a token airtime card is something. And gratitude doesn’t have to be money related all the time, good words and smile can go a long way in serving as gratitude.
    When you show gratitude and tell people you appreciate them, it will make them to do more. “The one who is thankful for today will receive the blessings of tomorrow” says the Yoruba adage.

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