The Story of Gratitude
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Lhasa panel Darla describes the Quran within the Quran and he says yeah, your nozzle by the jar at Kumar river to millrock become Shiva Lima is odori wahoo de warahmatullah meaning Allah describes the Quran with four attributes. He says, Oh mankind, indeed that has come to you from your Lord, a reminder
and a cure for that which is in the hearts and a guidance and a mercy for the believers for attributes that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives within the Quran, a reminder, a cure, a guidance and a source of mercy. And that's why each and every single person, whoever they are, whatever their status and social position may be, whether they're poor or rich, whether they're male or female, old or young. Whether they want inspiration from the Quran, motivation from the Quran, guidance from the Quran, or instruction from the Quran. Each and every single person can go to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And whichever generation they may live, whichever time and place that Allah
decreed that they come, they can come to this book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they can take from it that which they need, and that is the beauty and the miracle of the Quran. And often for Unfortunately, many of us the Quran has now become only a source of solace in times of need. When we have problems when we have issues with our family issues with money, issue with our jobs, our businesses and so on. Then we turn back to Allah and we make dua to Allah and return back to the Quran. For in times of happiness in times of joy, in times of ease and pleasure. Many people they neglect Allah subhanho wa Taala they neglect the Quran, they neglect the son of the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and it's only in times of need when they're reminded of Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah azza wa jal in the Quran, he rebuked the Muslim dean of Quraysh for this very reason, that when they were on land, and in safety, they would worship other than Allah. But when they were unseen, and the ocean would play around with their ship and their vessel, they would return to Allah and Allah alone. But then when Allah decreed safely for them and they came back to land, they would make sure with him once again, and even though we're Hamdulillah, the Muslims inshallah don't make sure they're not people who worship other than Allah. But in terms of our
gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have a very similar mentality. In times of difficulty we turn back to Allah, and in times of ease with regard to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that's why in this lecture, I wanted to concentrate on a story from the stories of the Quran, that speaks about gratitude, to enlarge the Virgil, how a prophet from the great prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala remembered in times of ease, in times of happiness in times of play, in times, of having all of the blessings that Allah gave to him enjoying all of those blessings, how he continued to remember Allah subhanho wa Taala. And even though I'm going to only focus on one story of the origin, there is not
only one example that we find within the Quran, there are many stories to this extent, even the Prophet use of Allah His son, who went through so many difficulties. He his own family left him for dead, his own brothers wanted to kill him, and then he was thrown into the wound, and then he was sold into bondage and slavery, and then he was imprisoned for so many years. At the end of the story in Surah, Yusuf and Allah azza wa jal reunites him with his brothers and his parents, and he thanks a lot of soldier, he thanked him for the blessings that he bestowed upon him. And he remembers at that time, the great blessings that Allah gave to him, and he doesn't make mention of all of the
difficulties that he went through, even though in the story of use of the mention of those difficulties is far more in number and far greater than the times of ease that he had. But he mentioned the times of ease, and this is how the Prophet Allah hemos salatu salam wa. So I want to focus on the story today of a prophet from the way prophets Allah azza wa jal, and that is the prophet SAW a man and he sent him as a large soldier mentions in Surah Nirmal in the 19th Joseph the Orion from verses 15 onwards.
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the prophet SAW a man. The prophet SAW A man was the son of another prophet, the prophet. There was a rally hemos Salatu was Salam. And Allah xojo had given to the prophet SAW a man blessings and miracles that no other human would ever get. No one got before him, or no one got after him, including our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned his story because the story is amazing within the Quran.
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Allah subhanho wa Taala begins his passage of surah to naml by mentioning the many blessings and bounties that he bestowed upon Suleiman on upon his father, the Buddha, Allah hemos salatu wa sallam, he says, indeed, we gave to slay man and his father would great knowledge, great knowledge that we provided for them. And both of them saw a man and his father that would, they said in response to the blessings that Allah had bestowed upon them Alhamdulillah All praise is due to Allah, the One who gave us superiority and virtues that he did not give to anyone else from amongst his creation. And that's why when a large silver journal in other parts of the Quran, he speaks
specifically about the Prophet the Buddha Ali Salaam, from the attributes that Allah mentions concerning him is that he was from the most grateful servants of Allah and Malou Allah, the Buddha shukra will call the luminary bear the shadow, work or family of the award, in the gratitude of Allah and very few of my servants are indeed grateful. And that's why the scholars of the field they say that it is reported that the Prophet that would alehissalaam never did an hour passed by in his house during the day or during the night, except that someone from his household would be worshiping Allah azza wa jal, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, every single hour of every
single day, either the Prophet derwood himself, or his wife, or one of his children, or one of his sermons, someone from his household would be worshipping Allah. And that's why Allah praised him in the Quran. For the gratitude that he showed towards him. The prophet SAW a man and he Salam was the son of the world. And both of them for the knowledge that Allah gave to them for the blessings that Allah bestowed upon them. They graduate, they show their gratitude to Allah azza wa jal, and they praised him subhana wa Tada. Now Me and you, my dear brothers and sisters, in Islam, we don't have the miracles of the award or sell a man, nor do we have the knowledge that Allah imparted upon them.
Before each and every single person sitting here, Allah azzawajal has also bestowed many, many blessings, and many shapes and forms and varieties. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us that even if you were to not have any of those blessings, but Allah gave you just the most basic of needs within your lives, then that itself is a great blessing from Allah, and it is sufficient for us. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Manasa, amin and V surbey more often Fie burning in the Hutu Yeoman, factor annamma he's at level dunya behavior, Vidya, Whosoever wakes up in the morning, and you have safety and security in the community that you live in, you can
go out and worship Allah, you can go to work, your children can go and play in the garden, you have safety and security, and you have health within your body. Allah has given you control of your own body, and you have enough food for just that day, enough for that day to feed yourself and your family. It's as if you have all of the dunya to for you. All of the blessings of the dunya have been given to you simply because of those three things. And that's why every single person, no matter how rich or how wealthy, they all have
These three blessings, just in different ways, shapes and forms. But it all comes down to these three blessings. Allah subhanho wa Taala praised. The prophet SAW a man and he said that he inherited the knowledge of his father the wood. And he said to the people, indeed, I have been taught the language of the birds, and I have been given from everything mean cliche, from everything. Indeed, this is from the greatest bounties of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What was the miracle of the prophet SAW a man? What was his unique miracle that no one was given before him or after him? It was the ability to communicate with the humans, the jinn and the animal world. Most of
us we can only speak to humans. Some of the prophets like our Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had some discussions with the world of the jinn. But no prophet has been given full control over these three worlds, the world of the humans, the world of the jinn, and the worlds of the animals and the birds. And that's why the prophet SAW a man within the Orion he said, Rob be heavily mold can lie and beauvillier had him embody our law, give me a kingdom, that no one will be granted after me. For indeed you are the one who bestows and Allah answered his door. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to his companions, one day, last night, they came to me a jinn from
the world of the jinn. And I quote him, and I would have tied him to the pillars of my Masjid, so that the children could have come and played with him in the morning, worried mark, for the death of my brothers with a man, when he asked that he be given a kingdom that no one else should be given after him. And so I let the gin go. This was the miracle of absolutely man, honey Salam. And if you were to think about all of the miracles that were given to all of the prophets, and he were to consider this, this is the stuff of dreams. Imagine being able to go out and speak to the cat, and the dog. And imagine being able to go to the zoo and speak to the lion and the elephants Imagine
being able to see a bird in the sky and speak to it on the fly, buzzing around your head and being able to have a conversation with a bee as it comes and lands on the flower. And you can understand what it's saying. Imagine how Wait a miracle This was how easy things were. For the prophet SAW a man how to his Salaam, in terms of the blessings that Allah had bestowed upon him. And the prophet SAW A man was a king and a prophet, not just a prophet, but he was a king, as we know from the Quran, and his story with the Queen of Sheba and so on. Allah had given him power, and dominion and kingdom, and miracles that no other human ever had. So he had as a law says, an army made for him,
an army from the jinn, and from the humans and from the animal world. Imagine having an army like this at your disposal. Imagine being having the animals come to your aid, and agenda wall which is unseen to us, that has powers that Allah has given to it. Imagine such a kingdom and such a world and such species being under your control. This is the the great blessing that Allah bestowed upon Solomon and his son, the miracles that Allah afforded to the prophet SAW a man had his son Um, so what did he do with these miracles? You know, most of us can never even dream, we will never have miracles like this. Most of us, the greatest miracles that we will boast about, or the greatest
blessing, sorry, that we boast about is the nice car that we drive, or the nice house that we live in, or the fact that we have a hamdulillah a good family, and maybe we have a few 1000 pounds more in the bank than most people. This is our blessings and the extent to which we have our blessings. But those small things will make us become arrogant and proud. They will make us forget Allah, be heedless of Allah, neglect Allah, they will make us look down upon others think that we're better than everyone else within our family, our neighborhood, our community, because of these simple things. And because of them, we become arrogant and proud. So a man had one of the greatest
blessings that Allah ever bestowed upon any prophet. And so a man and his son had control over not only the humans, but as I said, the genes and even the birds and the animals. So what did he say? Allah subhanho wa Taala gives to us an example of the humility and the humbleness and the gratitude of Suleiman alayhis salam, despite these great blessings. And he says, continuing in the sort of sort of two normal, he says, and by the way, sort of to normal means the sort of the and, and it is named after the story that I am going to narrate to you the interaction that the prophet SAW a man had with the ants. And the answers we know, are one of the weakest, one of the smallest, one of the
most feeble creations of Allah subhanho wa Taala either. How often do we walk on the road or you walk in your garden? Who knows?
How many ants we kill just walking on the street not even noticing. We're probably serial killers, why we kill so many ants, we trample on them. Maybe we destroy the whole habitats we don't even know. Because that's how small and how small that creature is that you can't even see it unless you pay extra attention. And even though an ant kingdom, a colony of ants will maybe have millions of ants, you won't even know that they're there. That's how small they are large So in general, gives us the example of the ant Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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Murphy caffee. Reba, the kasari the prophet SAW A man came with his army of humans and his army of jinn, and his army of animals and birds. And he came across a colony of ants. And as he was coming across the colony of ants, he heard the queen and say to all of our subjects, all of the other ants in her colony, indeed saw a man all ants, indeed beware because so a man is coming with his army, and they will trample upon you, and you will not even notice they will not even notice that they have trampled upon you. So go and seek shelter within your colony. The queen ant is warning her subjects the ants within her column take refuge within the colony, because this vast army of humans
and genes and animals and everything else is coming their way. And they will destroy their colony without even realizing. This is what she's saying. Allah subhana wa tada gave the example of an ant. When Allah azza wa jal tell us a story of Solomon speaking to the lion. You know, if you watch a wildlife program where you go to the zoo, or you go to the Safari, which animals does everyone want to see, they go to the lions, they go to the Tigers, they go to the elephants, no one says I'm going to the zoo to go and look at the ants. I'm going to go and see the flies. I want to go and see the centipede, you want to go and see these big animals that are live in the wild that you hear so much
about. They're so formidable in the creation of Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah could easily have given us an exchange between slay man, and the lions, between the Tigers, between the elephants, between jaguars and Pumas, and all of these types of amazing creatures that Allah has created. But he gives us the example of the smallest, most feeble, most insignificant of creations, the ant, and housel, a man early his Salaam, heard the speech of an ant. This is how humble and how much humility so a man and he Salam had, despite the many blessings that Allah had bestowed upon him, and this is how grateful he was for the blessings of Allah. Because when he heard the speech of the queen, and he
smiled, he smiled. Why did he smile? He smiled in recognition and acknowledgement of the many blessings that Allah bestowed upon him. He smiled, and then he stopped and he made a dua, and he said, Rob bl journey, and ash Khan and aromatic allottee and I'm to Allah, Yahweh, Allah, the day of Allah give me the ability to show my thanks and my gratitude for the many blessings that you bestowed upon me. And you bestowed upon my parents and allow me Our Lord, to continue to work in righteousness in good and enter me with your mercy of Allah, amongst your righteous slaves. What a beautiful day. What an amazing day. What are the feeling with the gratitude and humility and
humbleness and love for Allah subhanho wa Taala thanking Allah azza wa jal asking him to keep him steadfast upon the path that he is upon asking Allah to shower him with his mercy. And that is the difference between those slaves of Allah who are grateful, and those slaves who are ungrateful, because Allah within the Quran gives us the example of Pharaoh and her man and our own and all of those other disbelieving people who when Allah would give them wealth and power and blessings, they would use it to commit oppression. They would use it to subjugate the people. They would use it to become arrogant and proud, and they would use it to forget Allah subhanho wa Taala but those
People who have strong a man, whether they have wealth afterwards, or power, or they don't have any ones or power doesn't make a difference to them, because their hearts are attached to Allah and Allah alone. And everything they do, they do for Allah subhanahu wa Tada. And so he smiled at this, imagine for these blessings that Allah gave him. And each and every single one of us even though we don't have the blessings of such a man, we have so many blessings. Just look within your own bodies. Imagine the eyesight and the blessing of eyesight, how valuable it is to you. If someone wants to come to you today and say, tomorrow, you can't see anymore. This is the last day you will be able to
see, how much would you give? How valuable is it for you to have that eyesight? Can you even imagine what it must be like to be blind all the time, your wife, your children, everyone else, you can't see anyone. imagine not being able to hear how much do we take this for granted, not being able to speak imagine not being able to feel you took something you don't know what it feels like hot, cold, rough, warm silk, whatever it is, you can't feel it. Imagine with inside your body, your heart, every time in between, you had to commanded to meet. And it has to meet some 60 times a minute. So each and every single second more or less, you're saying Heart Beat, beat beat because if you don't,
it won't be and you'll die. Imagine if Allah subhanaw taala wanted and you had to charge these organs, just like you go to a petrol station to you go to get a taco for your mobile phone. Imagine you had to do that with your lungs, and your liver and your kidney and your intestines and every other part of your body. How many blessings Allah bestowed upon us. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that from the people who will come and Yeoman piano is a man who from the age of maturity from the age he became an adult. until the time that he died. All he did was worship Allah. He spent a lifetime in worship, his whole life was worship. So he will come and
Yeoman piano he will say Allah on this day, reward me according to my actions, not because of your mercy, because of my actions, a lifetime of worship. So Allah will decree that his lifetime of worship be placed on one side of the scale, and all of the blessings of Allah be placed on the other side of the scale, and they will be weighed, and it will be seen that his lifetime of worship is not even equal to half the blessing of eyesight, just one eye, all of his lifetime of worship. Imagine from the moment that you became an adult 13 1415 four until the moment you died. 60 7080 All you did was worship Allah, nothing else worshiping Allah worshiping Allah worshiping Allah. And it's only
worth one mind that our own everything else. So the man he will say, well, Laura, the end to me to Jenna, through your mercy through your mercy, and Allah will enter him into gender through His mercy.
And that's why we even some Mark was sitting with the famous califa Harun Rashid, and they were sitting out in the desert, and he was speaking to his friends and advisors and ministers. And he became first and he wanted some mortar, even some marks to the halifa Harun Rashid. Imagine if you were in this desert, and this glass of water that you so want, was withheld from you until you were about to die? How much would you give for this glass of water? And her own Rashid said, By Allah, it would give half of my kingdom. And what was the kingdom of how Runa rasheeda Abbas it Colliver that time, it came from China all the way to Spain, that was the kingdom of the Muslims from the tips of
China until southern Spain. That is the the the kingdom of the halifa of the Muslims of that time. And Harun or Rashid, he would see a cloud in the heavens, and he would say to the cloud Shut up, Oh, here we go to the east or the west, wherever your rain descends, eventually, the produce will come back to me. Doesn't matter where you go, all of its mind anyway. So my kingdom go where you want. Eventually, that wealth will come back to me. He said I would give half of my kingdom for this one glass of water. And so he drank from the glass of water and then he continued to speak with his friends and advisors. And then he wanted to go to the bathroom, wanted to relieve the water that he
had drunk. And so even some Mark his adviser said to him, imagine if you weren't able to go, couldn't go. Doesn't matter what you try what you want to do, you can't go imagine how much pain you would feel. And sometimes for us a chroma qumola when you want to go to the bathroom, and then just a couple of minutes later you have to go home before you go to the bathroom. You know how difficult it is how painful it is just not being able to go and how much you relieve the sensation of relief you have when you're finally able to relieve yourselves. imagine not being able to go, he said to her una Rashid, what is that worth to you being able to go to the bathroom
He said by a lie would give the other half of my kingdom. sabinsa Max said all of your kingdom from China to Spain is only worth one glass of water, drinking that glass of water and urinating the glass of water. How great are the blessings of Allah upon us, that we don't even understand? in our body, in our families, our health, our wealth, the fact that we enjoy this peace and security, the fact that you can come to the masjid in the open and worship Allah and hear about the Quran and study the Quran and practice your religion, how many blessings that Allah has bestowed upon you, and you only need to turn on your TV, look in Syria, look at Egypt, look at these countries across the
world, to be able to even begin to appreciate the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon you. And so Allah azzawajal mentions the story of the ant and then he mentions another story that I want to conclude with also within this passage of surah to normal and he says
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Allah subhanho wa Taala after mentioning the story of the ant, he mentioned another story of Solomon and he said I'm with all of his army. And that is a story of Solomon with the bird known as the
slay man and his Salaam had a hood with a type of small bird. And the job of this bird is duty within this army. his responsibility was to go forth before the army and to seek out watering holes. So when the army arrived in this area, it would be able to camp near the water that's all it had to do. So the hood one would go and it would find water and it would come back and tell slay man and then the army would go and they would rest at that place. So a man out of his salon was looking for the money couldn't find it. What the *? He said I couldn't find the bird. What's happened to the Hood Hood? Or is it something which has now vanished gone absent? He said by Allah I will punish it
with the most severe of punishments or I will be headed sacrifice it all it will bring me bring me a solid reason why was absent so so a man on his Sarah wants to know what the Hood Hood isn't performing its task, why is just on a one absent without leave, and he will be punished or he will bring me a good reason. And so after a short while the hood would return. And he said to say man, I have been given knowledge that you do not have. Look at the choice of words that Allah uses within the Quran. I have been given knowledge a small bird, you sing to slay man who controls the human army and the jinn army and the animal and bird army. He says I have knowledge that you do not have.
And I have come to you from the kingdom of Sheba from Seva with news. Indeed I have found amongst them a queen that is the ruler and she has a vast kingdom with her and her people. They worship the sun instead of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is the news that he brought of a kingdom where the people don't worship Allah alone. Look ahead so a man early his Sanam responded to this. Soon A man has been told by a small bird, I have knowledge that you do not have to today man saying How dare you? How do you have the audacity to say that Don't you know who I am, I am still a man or prophet, the son of the Prophet, I have the genes and the humans and the birds and everything else. He
accepted what the wood wood said, because he had humility and humbleness. He had fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that fear and the humility and the humbleness only brought him closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so when the hot wood came and told him of this kingdom, a vast kingdom where the people worship the sun, instead of Allah, what did Solomon do? He used all of his resources, all of his armies, everything that Allah had given him from blessings, to call those people to Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is the point of the story. This is what I want to bring to your attention a war World War I want to inshallah, conclude this lecture with as well. All of us
have blessings, not on the scale of say a man and his Salaam, but all of us have blessings individual to us.
What I have you don't have and what you have, the other person doesn't have. Each one of you has the ability to use them for good or for evil, to bring those people who around you closer to Allah, or to drive them further away, through your character, through your speech, through your condom, through the way that you deal with people, especially those people who are representing Islam and especially those people who are always representing Sophia those people were calling to Allah and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, those people who look at them, they should remember Allah as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, okay, your honor us either rule leukeran law, the
best of people are those who when you see them, you are reminded of a law. That is how we should be. So a man Ali Salam used the jinn. And he used the animals and he used everything else to bring the Queen of Sheba to him, so that he could call her to Islam. And I don't have time to go into the detail of the story because it's another two pages long. But when you go back to sola to normal, from verses 15 onwards, read this passage has to lay man Allah azza wa jal uses the vast majority of the story to speak about how he called them to Islam, and eventually Sheba, the Queen of Sheba bill peace, she would accept Islam and her people, her kingdom would accept Islam. This is what we need
to do, to use the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us to be grateful to him to remember Allah to come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then after we have done this for our individual sounds, we have developed our own sounds, we need to use those same blessings to bring others closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Each one of us is an ambassador for Islam, with our families, with our friends, with our neighbors, with our colleagues, and with the general society. How many people accepted Islam simply because of the character of the profs are seldom never needed to hear a verse of the Quran being recited. They don't need to hear any Hadith, or any lecture didn't need to debate
with the professor seldom or go into a lengthy argument, simply because of his character. And that's why abubaker an early and Hardy God Allahu anhu man other companions simply because they knew who Muhammad was salaallah alayhi wa sallam, they accepted Islam immediately. Because he embodied the Quran. He embodied the Quran, and this is what we need to do not only in times of difficulty, also in times of ease and happiness, we show our gratitude to Allah and we use those blessings to bring people closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah azza wa jal makers from amongst the shakin in those people who are truly grateful for a line acknowledge the many blessings that Allah has
bestowed upon us and allow us to have gratitude for those blessings and to use them to bring people closer to his religion had the Allahu Alem masala last and I'm in my mid to early he was serving as Marian Santa Monica rahmatullah wa barakato.
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