Showing Gratitude and being Grateful as a way of Life
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We praise Allah subhanaw taala the utmost of praises. We seek His guidance, we seek his assistance. We seek his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves in the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, there was no one to lead astray. And whomsoever Allah misleads, there is no one to guide him. By bear witness, there was no one worthy of worship except Allah alone, that bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and his companions, and all those who follow them until the last day, or you who believe revere Allah, be mindful of him and do not die except in a state of Islam.
Beloved brothers and sisters, when we consider
tribulations, the catastrophes, the hardships, the difficulties that we either witness, or experience ourselves.
This is something that of course can have an impact on our well being in terms of from physically and mentally, including in terms of our mental health.
And it can also have an impact spiritually if we do not have the proper perspective.
And yet, when we are able to shift our perspectives,
then it mitigates and it helps to be able to understand things as they transpire when we go through challenges or difficulties when we contextualize them. Just by shifting our attitude just by shifting our perspective. It makes a tremendous difference. In fact, it makes all the difference in the world, in terms of your well being, especially spiritually, but also mentally, and even physically.
Today is just a reminder for all of us. You've heard this before, but it's a needed reminder so that we can help to put things back into perspective.
When Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran as a command for the COO Rooney of
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Allah tells us remember me, I will remember you and be grateful to me, and do not be of those who are ungrateful. Here we see Allah subhanaw taala, placing the concepts of chakra and kufr as opposites of one another,
because they are in fact, opposites. The opposite of cover, which we usually understand as disbelief.
We usually understand it as being a man
But the essence of kufr
is why is it a person that they disbelieve? What's the reality behind the action of Kufa?
Why is it that a person lacks Eman those who commit the act of Kufa? It's because they're ungrateful. That's that what is the essence of Kufa it's ingratitude. Why, because of all the things that Allah has given to us, but yet for a person, not to see it, not only not to see it, but to turn their backs on Allah subhanaw taala. To deny that they he has given to them anything,
let alone anything, Allah Allah has given us everything subhanho wa Taala
and so for a person to turn their back on the Munna, the one who has given them everything good that they have literally.
Then this is the essence of kufr it's ingratitude. You're being ungrateful to Allah subhanho wa taala. When Allah gives us all these blessings, in terms of our health and our well being, any form of sustenance, it's all here from Allah subhanho wa taala. To deny to turn away from it and not to respond accordingly. How do we respond, gratitude? By having that attitude of gratitude that perspective? This is the advice that look man Allahi salatu salam gave to his son. And Allah Subhana Allah mentions in the Quran or aka Dr. Tina Lachman, and Hickman Anish, Cora Linda,
Allah subhanaw taala says that we have indeed given Look man, wisdom,
to show gratitude to be grateful to Allah subhanaw taala give thanks to Allah and His could Lilla when I asked for in Nana, yesh, Karolina say, Amen. kufra in Allah vahanian Whoever gives thanks, is grateful shows gratitude, it's for themselves. You're the Benefactor you're the one who benefits at the end of the day. And if you're ungrateful, whoever's ungrateful, turns away from Allah subhanaw taala. Then Allah, He is surely free of all need. He doesn't need anything subhanho wa taala. So he is Ghanaian and free of all need and is praiseworthy.
And so when we understand well, what is that the essence of chakra? Well, these are the two powers that Allah subhanaw taala has placed the human being.
You either have an attitude of gratitude, or you're ungrateful one or the other. Hell utter insanity. Minute daddy lemmya Crunchy and Miss Cora in Ghana, in Salem in North 14 am charged. Now Bucha Lee, Jelena who sent me an Masirah.
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So Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran, has there come a time upon the human a span of time, in which he was a thing that was unremembered, we were nothing, we were literally nothing. Indeed, we created the human being from a not far
from a drop of mixed fluid Naphtali in order to test him,
and we have given him and endowed him with hearing and seeing, we hear we see, these are all blessings from Allah subhanaw taala. And then Allah tells us, we guided him to the way either grateful or ungrateful, in a shocking way, mecca for one or the other. These are the two paths that Allah subhanaw taala allows us to choose from, he is the one who guides us to the path of hair and to be grateful. But we have to choose that way of life. Because being grateful, showing gratitude is a way of life. And that when we take that as a way of life, when we look at all the blessings that Allah has given to us, and that is our status quo, that's our way of being. This is how we are, it's
the way we operate, everything we look at where the hair is, because there's always there's always blessings always. And the blessings will always outnumber the hardships and the difficulties. But we have to see them. We have to shift our perspective and focus. What's the result? Allah will give you more. If you are grateful Allah will give you more ways to Atlanta or a bookworm in Shackleton, let as he done well, in Catholicism in Russia did. Allah tells us that when your Lord proclaimed, if you give
Thanks, I will surely grant you increase that as he then a comb is an emphatic form in the Arabic language is like for certainty for sure. Allah will give you more and it's continuous is not just a one off as he does.
He'll continue to give us more and more and more. Why? Because we are responding accordingly. That when we have gratitude and show thanks to Allah subhanaw taala. But if we're ungrateful, Allah subhanaw taala says, Truly My punishment is severe. It's a reminder for us it's a warning, but there's no causal relation between if you are ungrateful, Allah doesn't say, for in neither vilasa did that the FBI isn't there to make the link between the two is just telling us what reality is, if you're ungrateful, then no Allah severe punishment as a warning for us, that we don't go in that direction, but Allah is merciful, forgiving, and if we come to that realization, and we show thanks
to what he has given to us, by using our bodies by using what Allah has given to us as faculties in order to know Him in order to obey Him, then this is the means by which we will draw nearer to him and gain salvation. Allah subhanaw taala tells us to reflect and I'm Tara and philcare Tragedy filled battery be near Magilla he Llyod Hakuna mean it he interfered Ali color it equally suberin Shaku so beautiful, beautiful verse, Allah subhanaw taala says, Have you not considered the ships that sail upon the sea by Allah's blessing, that he may show you of his science? These are
their proofs of Allah subhanahu Huhtala his blessing, his existence, his his all of the hair, His mercy, His love, His compassion.
All of these are signs of Allah subhanaw taala truly in that are Signs for who those who are patient, Sabah and Shaku and these are both emphatic forms of Bahrain shortcode and Allah subhanaw taala. I mean, there's a relation there's actually Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim that tell us the relationship between the solder and sugar, the solder shakin there's a Hadith of the Prophet, which I'll mention in a few moments, but it's just for us to be able to contextualize things. What's the definition of sugar? How do we understand the reality of sugar failure, Rahim Allah, He says that a sugar who who Athenian Attila halili Sani Abdi Pena and watch it often? What Allah call de to who
then when the hot button, what Allah Jalla de in the yard and whatnot. So even though claim Rahimullah he says that the reality of gratitude is on three different levels within the human being. It's to show the blessings of Allah subhanho wa taala, that we acknowledge His blessings, first on our tongues by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala and acknowledging these blessings. But that's not enough. It's not enough that is just simply on our tongues, then it's in our hearts. How do we show gratitude through our hearts by witnessing these blessings. So it's not just not knowing them or acknowledging them, but bearing witness to them? shahada and then when the head button, it
leads you to loving the one who has given you these blessings. That's the response of the sound heart, that if somebody gives something good to you, then you respond accordingly, not just by saying thank you. But there's a love that develops in your heart for the one who is giving you good, and who is going to give us more good than Allah subhanaw taala there is no one. And so that should be our response, our inclination, our love, that we bear witness to these blessings and that we love him subhanho wa Taala and then on all of our limbs, it's by following the way of guidance that Allah Subhana Allah has given to us in all of our limbs, that there is obedience, that there is a
following behind what it is that Allah He gave us these things as a trust, our hands, our eyes, our ears, our tongues, everything, it's a trust from Allah subhanaw taala so use these in ways that will draw you near to Allah subhanaw taala
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gratitude is built on five principles. So he says, who are shocked at little Moscow? The first one is that the one who is giving thanks they humble themselves before the one who they are thanking, although a shockingly little Moscow that we humble ourselves before, the one that we're giving thanks to none other than Allah subhanho wa Taala were her boo hula and that having a love towards him Subhana wa Well, I did offer who banana tea, knowing and acknowledging his blessings was that Oh, who I lay, he'd be here and then praising him for these blessings. Well, unless you're Stan mula haffi Ma, yeah, Keira, and that we don't use these blessings in that which he detests, which he
dislikes subhanho wa taala. These are the five principles of showing gratitude for heavy Hill fancy assassins shook these five things. They're the foundation of chakra there was a story of American Satara Dylon that he was once walking through the marketplace. And he heard a man making dua. And so this man was saying, Allah hum Diezani Mina a bad nickel tallied Allahumma journeymen a radical colleague. Oh Allah made me of those who are few make me of those who are few. So alert on hearing this die he asks the man he said menina agitator behind the dog, where did you get this draft from? And so then he says, in Allah to Allah Tala Fuyuki Tabitha Aziz, aka Lila and Mary Barra, the chakra
that Allah says in his noble book, that few of my servants, very few are extremely grateful shockula It's the emphatic form. So when Allah Dylon who hears as he begins to cry, he begins to weep, begins to weep. Radi Allahu Taala and when he says Kulu NASCI of Aho Minca Yama, all people they have more understanding than you. Oh, Ma. This is show that humility of Omar but there's a very powerful lesson in that. That a person strives to be of those who are extremely grateful, because there's a difference between shock and shock for Shaka we are grateful to Allah subhanaw taala there is a sense of gratitude check for is that you're in that state constantly. cathedra Sherpa, that's what
the shocker is are cool cathedra shook that they continue to give more and more and more gratitude.
And the more that you give them then you're going to increase even more and more as was mentioned by the verse that was recited from before. The Prophet SAW Selim, he said in a hadith man kala Hina your spiritual Allah humma mouse my hubby manipulating firming? What the last Jedi Killer but I can handle well like a shoe crew *wad should cry Oh me woman thought I misled Alika Hina UMC Faqad Agda chakra Leila t. So very beautiful Hadith. It's a practice that if we get into it, every single morning the prophets I sent him said if anyone says in the morning, Oh Allah, whatever finger has come to me. It comes from you alone. You have no partner to You is Praise and all thanks are due to
you. Whoever says that does that saying that statement in the morning, then the person will have expressed full gratitude and thanksgiving for the day. And if a person says it at night, then they express full Thanksgiving and gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala for whatever transpires to him of blessings at night, we can't even count the blessings of Allah subhanho wa taala. We can't, how can we thank him for all these blessings. But this is one of the mercies of Allah that He gives us. This means through the guidance of our province I'm say this da in the morning in the evening. And it's as if you've given thanks to Allah for everything that He has given to you, just by saying this Doha
powerful. But we have to practice we have to put it into perspective. Another Hadith. And this is what links between the Cebu the cyber Shaka that the prophets I said and this is a Hadith that is in ama Timothy he narrates and although there's weakness in the chain of transmission, but it's been hijacked as Fulani amongst other scholars, they bear witness to this hadith in their commentaries they use it as as a means when we understand the virtues of these things. So the prophets I said and he said, and this is Hadith and Abdullah Abdullah Hassan who calls and Manitou but also Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Yeah, cool hustlers Hani min Kana Taffy he kept
about law who Shakira and forbidden woman lamonta coonass. He lives in the Aktobe who law who shack it on wala Sameera? So the prophets I said and he said there are two traits two characteristics that whoever possesses them, Allah subhanaw taala will record them as one who is sobble Shaka their patient and they're grateful and whoever doesn't have these two characteristic traits, Allah does not record them amongst those who are patient and grateful what are these two trades? So the profits I sell him he explains man Navara be Dini healer men who are Felco factor daddy, he whenever he done Yahoo era men who are doing now who for Hamid Allah Allah, footballer who will be he i Li he kept
her hula who saw me run Shakira. So the Prophet SAW Selim explained whoever looks at in terms of their Deen to the one who is better than the one who has more or does more for the sake of their Deen, whoever looks to them, and then strives to be like them, they take them as examples. Because you're trying to be better in terms of your deed, you look to those who are above you, those who are better than you and then you follow in their footsteps and strive to be just like them. And then the one who looks to the people of the dunya in terms of those who have less than them, and then you're grateful and you thank Allah subhanaw taala for what He has given to you.
Then Allah subhanaw taala will record you amongst those who are patient and grateful. But then the opposite applies. Well, I'm another fi D Elan, and who are doing well another feed on Yahoo Ilan and who are Felco for Asifa Allah Mefa Tahoe men who love me Aktobe Hello Chaka and well our saga
and the one who looks in terms of their Deen to somebody who is less than that meaning that they don't do as much as they do a person they look at somebody as Oh, well I pray five times a day and this person doesn't pray five times a day what does that do it makes you satisfied with yourself you're not going to strive any further. So the person does that in terms of their Deen they look to those who are beneath them are lower than they're doing, they're not doing as much as you are. Right and then when it comes to dunya you look to those who have more and then you feel a sense of regret and remorse. I wish I had what they had. Right you feel a sense of regret than Allah Subhan and that
you know you missed out on it, oh, I could have had this and that of the dunya because you're busy looking at people who have more you will never be satisfied. Allah was will not record you amongst those who are Shaka Assad grateful and patients. In another Hadith that a man that basically relates in his Shabbat Eman. This is an annus Radovan who call followed a solar light sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Al Eman who this fan
this front facade one is FinFisher the prophets have said and told us our faith is to house is divided into two hives. In other words, this is what encompasses our email. Our belief, our faith in Allah subhanaw taala is encompassed by these two things. Half of it is impatience, and half of it is in gratitude. That's our faith.
It encompassed by having suffered from one suburb from falling into mousy, because my house see those actions that are disobedient to Allah, they're tempting. It's easy to fall into those temptations. So the solver is the one who holds themselves back. They said no, I'm not going to fall into that.
And then the chakra is the one for you thought that they continue to do acts of obedience and they're grateful to Allah subhanaw taala for guiding them to that and they continue to put that into practice. That's our deen, that's our faith, that's our email, server and sugar, two halves and they work and they go together.
And so this is something that we we need to be able to, to live in in terms of having that sense of always looking for the blessings in the hair, and then responding accordingly and being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for them. And in the Quran. Allah subhanaw taala brings together shortcode and Ema together that they're they're one and they're part of the same matter. And so this is something that they've been playing Rahim Allah He also he points out, hold on Allah Who SubhanaHu ushaka Bill Eman we're about to end the whole length of Allah who fear the final key in Chicago will be for called SubhanaHu otile Allah Allah
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soon be mean netted about as though July li him Mundaneum anybody call Hola Hola Hola kundalika The 10 Now the Abba homie Baldon Lea Kulu AHA hula Iman Allahu La him in Dana la sulla who be Atlanta the shack eating. So these are two things that even claim points out. The first is that Allah subhanaw taala has brought Imam and Shakur together.
And he said that
there is no reason for Allah subhanaw taala there is no purpose for Allah to punish somebody who is displaying these two attributes of having sugar and Eman in Allah subhanaw taala why because you're fulfilling your very purpose in life. And so Allah subhanaw taala says, Why should Allah punish you, if you give thanks and believe Allah is indeed thankful and knowing. And in another verse that Allah subhanaw taala he he mentioned that the people of Shakur, they are those who are specifically chosen to have the favor and bounty of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon them, amongst other people. And so Allah says in the Quran in this way, we have tested some people by means of others. So those who
disbelieve they might say, why has Allah favorite these poor believers out of all of us? The response? Does Allah not best recognize who is grateful? And as Allahu Allahu
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the response that a person should have to anyone who gives them any blessing it should be gratitude, and Imam Bukhari mentions in his edible Mulford and I'll conclude with this hadith to Hadith of the Prophet sighs him and Jabra bin Abdullah Al Ansari call Harlan EBU SallAllahu Sallam men Sonia la Hema rufen valued Z for inlandia Did Mallya zoo for youth nearly for in who either at gnathopod Shakira who were in Katanga HuFa pod cattle. So the province I said and said Whoever has done a favor than they should repay it. And if he cannot find the means to repay the favor, then at the very least, they should praise the person he should praise the one who did it. And when he praises
him, this is a form of giving them thanks but if he is silent, then he is ungrateful to him. And the last Hadith Imam Ahmed any manner they have narrated in their collections and although there is weakness in this hadith, but again, the meaning behind it is sound and the NAMA been Bashir call Colin EBU sallallahu alayhi wa sallam manlam Yes Khalil Pauline lamb yes Quran Kathy? One little lamb Yes, Quran NAS Let me ask could Allah at the head due to be near Mattila? He shook what Turku coffee? What agenda how to Rama well for petrol.
So the province I said them he said that whoever does not give thanks for what is little, won't give thanks for what is law because it's a way of being you don't give thanks and whether it's little or a lot you're not going to give thanks. And then the Prophet SAW Selim said whoever does not thank people does not thank Allah and that's how he did that we know is in other collections. And then the prophets I said and mentioned that speaking about the blessings of Allah is a form of gratitude. Well, I'm not being amateur Rebecca Fahad, speak of the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala. And leaving the mentioning of the blessings of Allah is a form of ingratitude, and that the community,
the GEMA, the congregation is a Ramona and splitting the community is a punishment. So we seek refuge in Allah subhanaw taala, from being those who are ungrateful to him. And we ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us of those who are grateful and who are patient in Allah Who am Allah, he got to who is Soluna
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