Change of Heart #10 – Gratitude

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Al hamdu Lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala Mala Anna yerba who Allah Allah He was so happy here Gemini.

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Welcome, dear brothers and sisters to Episode

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10 lecture 10 from our series titled change of heart series.

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And we are going to have two more lectures after this week, if Allah subhanaw taala wills and that will be the end of the change of heart series. And we're already speaking about the next series, the topic and where it will be, we will share that with you Inshallah, in due time, beating the light Allah is just to let you know, we're moving on to the latter stages of this blessing series which we ask ALLAH SubhanA data to accept. And I'm really hopeful that you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

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So there is an old proverb

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that says, We cry

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of having no shoes.

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Until we meet a person who has no feet.

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It seems that the nature of man is such that everything needs to be taken away from him,

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leaving him or her left with nothing

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for them to then realize the value of what is later.

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It seems that most people only recognize the value of health when they fall ill

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most will recognize the value of money, even if a minimum wage when they're left with nothing.

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It seems that most are only able to recognize the fate of the goodness that Allah has swarmed them with from head to toe. Only after that blessing has been taken away from them.

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And there is another truth that says, Man can never flourish. Man can never live in a state of well being and happiness until he learns how to be grateful to Allah subhanahu wa Tada. Gratitude is what I want to share with you this evening, as part of our change of heart series.

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And one of my teachers I remember him saying a few years ago that he regrets not giving this topic of gratitude the topic it deserves in his formative years when he was still a young man on the lecture circuit.

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He said as I interacted with peach people at the social level, marital level, the financial level, fatwah level, Dow level,

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I came to realize just how transformational this value of shocker gratitude is,

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and the life and after life saving properties within it.

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Gratitude shook up to Allah Subhanallah died.

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One of the tragedies of modernity

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is that, despite us living in a time whereby no human being has ever possessed as much as we do today.

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Yet, we've never experienced a time when people are more ungrateful for what they have than they are today.

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One of the travesties of modern day life is that it allows years of your life to pass by decades perhaps

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in a coma.

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In a robot like living, whereby the moment you leave your house

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or you click the very first button on your electronic device, you are swarmed with distractions and desires and appetites, someone is out there to send you something and someone is out there to grab your attention.

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Wherever you look, every turn in life, there is someone advertising something.

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modernity is engineered

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to remind you of desires and appetites that you had in the past. It provokes them

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and it even creates desires within you that you never thought you had. So that you become a consumer and you buy.

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For this reason society these huge mega corporations are not interested in creating a society that is grateful to Allah, because contentment and gratitude means that you will not buy and this is not conducive to their economy.

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So this

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satisfaction is engineered intentionally by a lot of them.

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restlessness and anxiety is purposeful.

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So that you're always craving the next fix the next bit of technology, the next bit of fashion in the industry, the next makeup brand, and you're restless until you attain it. It's always changing.

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And that's why as one of them he said that the fashion industry is so ugly that it has to change every six months. And that is true.

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Think about it, a phone comes out. And overnight. Over night, millions of people around the world are in a state of chronic depression because they don't have that phone and they're dissatisfied with their current phone.

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And that applies to every industry. The point of mentioning this is that if you and I are caught in this cycle, then the very first value in your life that will be crippled is gratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada.

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You will be unable to thank him.

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And this is what we really would like to speak about. On this evening. Hola Jelena. Jelena who said what call Ilan mean idea Shaku. Few of My servants are those who are grateful few.

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And of those few were the prophets and messengers of Allah. They were grateful despite the tragedies that they experienced. The Prophet of Allah Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam Allah Almighty said about him in Ibrahim Akana. Uma Ibrahim was an exemplar called Anita nila, obedient to Allah Hanifa upright and he was not of the polytheists. Then Allah said about Ibrahim Sheikh Iranian army, he was grateful for the favors of Allah

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and despite him,

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being instructed to circumcise himself at the age of 80 years old, despite Ibrahim being instructed by Allah to sacrifice to slaughter his son, with his own hands. Imagine this mighty being instructed to migrate on numerous occasion from country to country, continent to continent, despite him being instructed to drop off his son, and the mother of his son Hodge up in a barren, lifeless desert.

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Allah says he was grateful for the favors of Allah upon him.

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And what is even more staggering for me is the gratitude of the Prophet Noah, Noah Alayhi salaatu wa salaam who spent just under a millennium 950 years conveying Islam to his people just imagine what it means 950 years back to back conveying Islam to your community and the outcome, no matter who in Lacanian only a few would believe in Him.

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And despite his Dawa, costing him his life, his health, his attention, his sleep, his wife, and his son who died in the flood, Allah Almighty praise the Prophet of Allah. And he said in all kinds of other than shakoora He was a grateful servant of ours.

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And the most grateful of them all, undoubtedly was our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who would spend as you know, most of the night in Salah, bringing till his feet would swell in size and the skin of his feet would crack. And they say to him, why you do you do this to yourself and Allah has already erased all of your sins. What would he say? A fella Hakuna habit and Shakira, should I not be a grateful servant of Allah? Should I not thank him for this blessing that Allah

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and what is amazing is the attention that the book of Allah has given the topic of gratitude, thanks to Allah and hand praise of him.

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It's in the beginning of the Quran, the first quarter of the Quran, and halfway down the Quran and then in the last quarter of the Quran, there are five chapters in the book of Allah spaced out how you just had all of them begin with unhemmed the praise of Allah Alhamdulillah what is the first of them Surah to Al Fatiha Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen all praises due to Allah Lord of the Worlds then you move to Surah to Anam chapter six of the Quran, which is the end of the first quarter of the Quran what is the beginning of Surah Al and are my brothers.

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What is it?

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Al Hamdulillah Hilarie kala customer at will Wa La Paloma at one nor All praise is due to Allah Who created the heavens and the earth and he made the darkness and the light.

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Then you move to the middle of the Quran you have which Surah

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Surah two Alkaff How does it begin

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Alhamdulillah he Levy and Allah Allah Abdi Hill keytab. All praise is due to Allah Who brought the book upon his servant. Then you move to the last third of the Quran, you have to back to back sources that begin with ham Dupre's Surah two, Saba and Surah, two fatter Surah, two SATA, Allah says Alhamdulillah Hindi the Allahu Nafi somehow it will. All praise is due to Allah, to whom belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, then Surah two ferrata after it Alhamdulillah he fathered is similar to a lot of all praises due to Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

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So Allah Almighty loves hand praise, and he loves show called gratitude and he has given his himself the name Al Hamid, the one worthy of praise, and I shall call the one who is ever grateful. So Allah Almighty is grateful and he loves for His servants to characterize themselves with his characteristics according to their human ability. He wants us to be grateful.

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And the whole Quran is an encouragement for the Muslims to be grateful to Allah John Legend.

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Now we have a question here, which is what is the difference between hand

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praise of Allah and shocker, gratitude to Allah

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and any thoughts? Are they are they even different? Maybe they are the same

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What do you think brothers?

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Repeat the question. The difference between hand Alhamdulillah All praise is due to Allah hand and sugar gratitude. What's the difference between the two? If any?

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take a stab at it.

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You're gonna say should I

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know you're the last person to come in

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Yeah.

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If you are grateful you are praising Allah. Okay, so you're saying that there is some similarity between them? I mean, you can go wrong with an answer like that. It's quite similar. Yeah, that's a fail proof answer Good. What else

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could you say that praise is where someone's good at something so someone's good at maths good praise them for their ability

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is when whatever disability they have they help you in some ways before me so brother said that praise is

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when someone has an inherent quality that's good about them a quality or a talent or a skill. So you praise them for it but then sugar is when they confer that skill into a favor to yourself therefore you offer them gratitude. Very interesting. One more time.

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Yeah.

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Is more internal whereas you could it could be verbal as well as his production

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Have you studied this just came from you from Allah

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hasn't as excellent answer Mashallah. So I won't repeat it Inshallah, it will be part of the answer. I'll give now well done. So, some of the scholars have said actually, there's no difference between them both. They can be used interchangeably, hand and choco.

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Amongst those who said this was not meant to be an Imam, or Tabari. They said, I'll hand the praise and sugarcoat it, they can be used interchangeably, they have very similar meanings.

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And the proof is that they say grammatically speaking you can say in Arabic Alhamdulillah, he chakra, all praise is to Allah Alhamdulillah he chakra out of gratitude to him, all praises to Allah out of gratitude to him. So, they say because that structuring of a sentence was it means that they are interchangeable and they are very similar in meaning.

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Others have said no actually that is proof that they are separate in meaning that one is different to the other. So if we say that they are different, what is the difference between them? Some have said that at hand praise

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is something that you do verbally.

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You say Alhamdulillah

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but a shocker is something you do internally, with your heart, gratitude, and verbally with your mouth and practically with your limbs.

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So when you offer hand it's by saying it Alhamdulillah all praises to Allah.

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But how do you praise Him? Practically speaking?

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They say this is the Department of sugar. So having this verbal

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Whereas show called gratitude is verbal, internal and what?

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And physical, it's practical.

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Another one of the differentiation they say that I'll handle praise

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is usually when the other hand is with or without a favor.

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The hand the praise of Allah is with or without a favor.

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Where a sugar is something you offer, when there is a favor.

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Do you get it?

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So I don't offer you sugar similar to your answer. I don't offer you shock or gratitude only when you've offered me something to thank you about. Without your favor, I can't offer you what sugar doesn't make sense. As for hand praise, this is the handle of Allah, you praise him with or without the favor. And theoretically speaking, if we could imagine a situation where Allah has not given you any favors, and this of course is impossible, he would still be worthy of praise.

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So he gives you favors, you say Alhamdulillah. Assuming he has not given you any favors, you still say Alhamdulillah Allah is worthy of praise with or without the favor. As for Shaka, this is an expression exclusive to those who have what conferred a conferred a favor.

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I hope that shows you the distinction between hunt and gratitude and the difference between them.

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Now we may ask the question, what is in it for me? Assuming we come out of this evening, and we become Muslims of gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala and we learn how to do it and that will be the last heading for this evening. What can you expect in your life?

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How will Allah Allah Allah Julian will compensate you? In one of the most beautiful and open ended ways of the Quran that excites imagination and provokes so much happiness? Allah Almighty said was an addressee, I share Katie we shall reward the grateful ones, how Oh Allah, will you reward them. Nothing was specified in terms of money or health or children or Eman or dunya or ASCII era, it was open ended, we shall be the ones who will reward the grateful ones. It was left open ended to show you everything can be encompassed. And I will give you examples of what gratitude to Allah encompasses in terms of a reward. This is for you if you're willing to grab it and act upon it.

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Number one, it encompasses the pleasure of Allah Jalla Jalla don't take that sentence lightly. Why are you here? Is it not for the search of the pleasure of Allah and your salah and the lowering of your gaze and the protection of your private parts and your marriage and all of the salah and the CM you do What are you searching for? You are searching for his acceptance you are searching for his pleasure. And Allah said, we're in the school yard Allahu Allah com if you are grateful, he will be pleased with you. Look how in Surah to tell by chapter nine when Allah describes paradise, what does he say towards the end? What is one Amina Elahi Akbar, but the acceptance of Allah is greater.

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The pleasure of Allah is better than gender. And that's why when the people of paradise are enjoying the pleasures of gender, they hear an announcement from Allah who says to them, are you satisfied? They will say how can we not be satisfied? You've given us all of this, Allah will say I'm about to give you a favor. That is greater than all of us are Hallo, Alikum Ridwan, he further us go to La comida I will now be pleased with you forever, never shall I be displeased with you.

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In Allah, so what does Allah offer those who are grateful to him, he offers them His acceptance and pleasure, in fact, who is the most disliked person in the eyes of Allah?

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He is the character

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and a character we translated loosely as disbeliever but linguistically speaking what is the character from the root word Cafaro which means to cover something to cover your knowledge of Allah and to cover the favors of Allah so a careful linguistically means that the ungrateful one

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that's what a character is the ungrateful one and this appears in the Quran a lot. Lm Tara l Medina, but delone are not Allah He COFRA Have you not seen those who have made the favor of Allah has called for meaning they denied it, they covered it, they were ungrateful for it. So if the one whom Allah dislikes the most is the cafe, meaning the ungrateful one who is the favorite person in the eyes of Allah who is the dearest of them all.

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He is the the Shakeel The Grateful one. So this is the first thing to expect the pleasure of Allah the ultimate prize and the greatest ambition of any Muslim.

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Number two, you are to act

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expect a safety from the punishment of Allah gender chillagoe And that is because Allah said malafide Allah who will be either become in shackles to Why would Allah punish you? If you are grateful and you are believers? Why would he punish you?

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And I love the words of Ebola Leah from the Tabea ain't who said

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in Nila Raju, Allah you as diva. Allah Who Ibadan.

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Bina now matin, Hannah, honey that Allah Allah, Allah you, whether you, Marcia team, tada minha, I am hopeful that no one will have to suffer. He said, so long as you are in one of two states, you are in the favor of Allah thanking him for it, or you are in a sin repenting to Allah from it.

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He said, so long as you are oscillating between one of these two states enjoying a favor of Allah, you were saying Alhamdulillah or you are in a sin, but then you say a step fear Allah. He says, I am hopeful no one will have to suffer if they are in one of those two states.

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So number one, we said by way of Allah is acceptance. Number two, by way of Allah safety, from his punishment, and number three, the one who is grateful is to expect

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a preservation in what he or she possesses, and an increase in those things that they don't.

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And that is why Allah has announced what is the nature of Bukola in Chicago Tula as Eden Nicole, Allah has announced if you are grateful, I will increase you

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a promise from Allah. It's already been dispatched so long as you say Alhamdulillah greatness is coming your way. Think about those things that are dear to you. Think about those things you wish to preserve. Be at your health. Be at your money. Be at your reputation. Be at your Eman, be at your wife, the righteousness of your children, your mum and dad your job, whatever it may be, what is dear to you? You can put it in a safe space. that safe space is called Shuker gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala and not only will it preserve what you possess, it will increase you in what you don't now you know in the law

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what if the honorable commoner inshallah cartoon lousy then

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what else can the one who was grateful expect? We said what was number one remind this Malik

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the acceptance and pleasure of Allah agenda agenda number two, to

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safety from his punishment. Number three, Jonas?

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I mean

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preservation of what?

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Yeah, exactly. Yeah, the preservation of what you have, and an increase in what you don't what else can you expect? This is number four, you can expect marital harmony.

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And a lot of you will say that's a little bit random. Why are you cramming that one here?

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Right? Well, to tell you the truth, I'm mentioning it because of its importance. And the reality is this. No marriage can endure. And listen to this, my young brothers, my young sisters who are yet to be married, and those who are married as well will benefit no marriage can endure.

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If gratitude is lacking in that relationship,

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and in my short experience, dealing with families who are going through hell from a marital perspective, much of their issues can be traced back to this there is a lack of gratitude from one or the other or both.

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And I know you will say that I'm I'm able to give you a long list of negative traits in my wife and my husband, he is this and she is that and he is this and she is that I know.

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But then if I was to ask you to enumerate all of the positive traits that you know of your wife or your husband, could you be able to enumerate them? Most of us if we are honest, will say no.

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But this is the reality that you forget that had any other man or woman seen the blessing that you are in with your spouse, and whom Allah has placed for you as a wife or a husband.

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They would fall to their knees behind closed doors, begging Allah Almighty for a fraction of the blessing that you've been blessed with, with your wife or husband. But this is the way of shaytaan always with those who are ungrateful.

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Always convincing them that the grass will be somehow greener on the other side, and so eyes wander and gazes are not lowered and discontentment sets in and you begin to think now, so long as you're wearing the blinkers of it.

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ingratitude. You will never be able to see the hair that you have. And the grass will never be greener on the other side of the fence for yourself so long as you stay ungrateful.

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So marital harmony is another one of the blessings Allah gives those who say Alhamdulillah all praises to Allah, I am contented with what I have, I am happy with what He has given me.

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And number five, those who are grateful can expect from Allah, a flourishing happiness well being in every one of the departments of life.

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See, you know, so many people who have every reason to be miserable, yet they are happy, why because of gratitude.

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And you know, people who have every reason to be happy, yet they're miserable. Why? Because of ingratitude. So what have we just discovered, we discovered that it is not happiness that makes you grateful.

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It is gratitude that makes you happy,

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and I'll show you a demonstration. Look at a conversation between an ungrateful and ungrateful one and you tell me who is happier from them both. One of them says, this is the ungrateful one. Life is tough. My house is so damp.

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But then they're happily grateful one turns around and says yeah, but most of it is okay.

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Alhamdulillah

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the ungrateful one says My house is so small, I'm suffocating. I can't be living in these four walls anymore.

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But the happily grateful one turns around and says to him,

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but it's a roof over your head.

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And it's a protection from the elements.

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It's a private space for you and your loved ones. To space for you to prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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is it not see Al Hamdulillah

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one of them the ungrateful one. He says, I'm poor. I've got nothing to my name. I've been on benefits. I've been on Universal Credit now for the last 510 years. I just can't get out of this circle.

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What do I do? I have nothing I'm poor. I can't even make ends meet.

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I can't live like this. But then the happily grateful one says to him Oh, you're poor isn't? Well give me a price for your kidneys? I'm not sure you sell them to me for 10,000 pound 20 What about the price for your liver? How much? 200,000 pound How much will you sell me your eyesight for? What about your hearing? What about your ability to articulate yourself in a clear and concise way? How much would you sell that for?

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What about those enzymes that work flawlessly around the clock in your body? With no instruction from yourself? How much will you sell them for?

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We're about your your epiglottis that flaps shocked that bit of cartilage at the back of your throat when you swallow food or you drink water if it wasn't for that bit of continuity you'd suffocate from any bit of food or or or water that goes down your windpipe instead of your food pipe? How much will you sell that for?

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Your ability to go to sleep without injecting yourself or swallowing pills? How much will you sell that for?

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What about your ability to purify yourself from the bathroom in a dignified and independent way without the help of anybody else? How much will you sell that for?

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What about the gift of Islam that Allah Almighty has given you free of charge? How the religion is so fair seeming and beautiful in your eyes? Yet your neighbor detest the same religion of yours? How much would you sell that for?

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So let's put that all together and add it up then we see your your net worth. You realize you're a multi trillionaire

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but Shavon he only ever shows us the things that we don't have. And a person like that will stay poor for the rest of his life. Why? Because he's ungrateful.

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So you had hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. So these are five things that you can expect for a person who is grateful Shakir to Allah subhanaw taala Pleasure of Allah safety from his punishment of preservation of what you have and an increase in what you don't have marital harmony and happiness in every one of the walks of life.

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Now we asked the question,

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How is gratitude fostered?

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So you say this is a done deal for me. I definitely want to be one who is grateful to Allah. And I've come to realize to what extent I have been far away from proper gratitude to Allah, then the journal and just to how much I complain, I need to sort this out. What do I do to be grateful in the eyes of Allah in the journal, I will suggest for you several steps brothers and sisters and for myself.

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Now, just before we begin, some of these steps I'll be sharing with you perhaps only the first two they are mentioned by non Muslims.

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But we have Shaohua hate for them. Evidence is for them in our Sharia

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And I found Subhanallah that contemporary theorists, motivational speakers and life coaches, psychologists have spoken about the topic of gratitude so much. Everyone is talking about sugar. They don't tell you sugar to who because it's unfashionable now to talk about gratitude to God, because you can't assume that people are believers in God, you can't assume that you can't assume that the man in front of you is a man, maybe densifies as a as a woman. So these basic assumptions now are no more so you're left confused, thinking gratitude, but to who, I'll speak about that in a moment. But nevertheless, there is definitely value even in non Muslim literature about the topic of

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gratitude. Our religion, however, offers that which is exemplary, and its theories are always superior.

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Here's number one.

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When you wake up in the morning,

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jot down on your phone or on a piece of paper or even just in your mind, several things that you are grateful to Allah subhanaw taala about, write them down. People have said our lives have changed just by carrying out this one exercise.

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Wake up in the morning.

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And you think shocker, gratitude. And the idea then is that gratitude will be the thought that will influence your attitude for the rest of the day because that's how you began your date when you open your eyes. And amazingly, this was the way of Allah Nabi SallAllahu, alayhi wa sallam our Prophet who would wake up in the morning and his very first words that would emanate from his blessed mouth when he would open his blessing eyes were Alhamdulillah Praise be to Allah, Allah the iPhone, if you just said he who has given me well being in my body, what are the Eliyahu he has returned to me my soul was in alphabetic array and has given me permission to remember him. His work first words were

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words of hand. That is, number one, begin your day with hand. And the shocker, the thanks and praise of Elijah legendado.

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Number two, throughout your day,

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take a moment

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to enjoy the experiences of the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala around you

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to contemplate over them to not allow any of them to pass without reflection. So you're walking to work,

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you're going through a park, you're doing your shopping. Resist the urge to gaze into your phone

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and look around

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the perfect creation of Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu and how he has furnished the world for your comfort well being in a bed of worship, and say Alhamdulillah do that all throughout your day such that your go to word is always Alhamdulillah wherever you look.

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And again, you look into our tradition, and you see just that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was in a state of hand praise of Allah. Every one of the moments of the day, he'd wake up in the morning, what would he say? Here is another vicar Alhamdulillah he never gonna buy 10 hour in a Hindu sure all praises to Allah who gave us life after we were dead unto him as the resurrection Alhamdulillah then he would put on his clothes. What would he say? Allahu Allah Al hamdu Antica Soltani all praises to Allah, you clothe me with this?

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And then he would finish his food, what would he say? And hamdulillah hinda de Kapha now r1 Aruna Cree, un wala anak for all praises to Allah, who has fulfilled our needs, and quench our thirst. We don't deny your favorite Oh Allah, nor can we ever repaid. I'll hand hand hand and hand and then he would walk out of the bathroom. I think he's allowed to sit down what would he say? Alhamdulillah hymnody I'd have a handle on it all praises to Allah who removed harm from me and gave me well being.

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That if he was to see a handicapped person, a disabled individual, what would he say to himself Alhamdulillah Hindi I found him Abdullah can be here, or for Bella Niala. Kathie Lee Min Min Halaqaat of Bella all praises to Allah

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who has saved me from what he has afflicted you with. And he has given me a great blessing over many other of his creation.

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And then when he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would achieve a matter what would he say? Alhamdulillah levy been an unmitigated muslin. He had all praises to Allah through His favor, all good things happen, and if he failed to

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achieve a matter what would he say? What would he say my brothers

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Alhamdulillah he,

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and I couldn't

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all praises to Allah in all circumstances.

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So we said, number one, you wake up in the morning and your attitude is one of Shaka and hidden and praise to Allah, and you list those things. Try that exercise and see what follows. Number two, all throughout your day, be aware, be in a state of cognition, you are aware. And that's why, by the way, in the Quran, there is this link between the remembrance of Allah remembering him, and then being grateful to him. How can you be grateful if you're not thoughtful of him? And that's why the Quran said for the koroni and Kuroko remember me, I will remember you then he said, what school truly well as the Quran and be grateful to Me and do not deny my famous look at the link between

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remember me and show gratitude to me, because the former leads to that letter. So number two, we said you are in the state of awareness all throughout your day, your cognition of the world around you, and you say and hamdulillah in the wake of everything that comes your way. Number three, this is similar to number two, engage in hand frequently Alhamdulillah

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get yourself used to saying that word Alhamdulillah all praises due to Allah. Why? Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,

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as I did with the unerase in his sunnah on the authority of God, he said, if by the decree La ilaha illAllah wa fidalgo Shoukry will hamdulillah

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the best remembrance is law in Allah.

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And the best Shoko gratitude you can offer is Al Hamdulillah.

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And Muslim in the rate that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,

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a flute Kalyani and Allah have been Calamy and Allah the Most Beloved of words to Allah

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Subhan Allah, and Alhamdulillah Allah, Allah in the law, and Allahu Akbar, he said, la yado Ruka big hinda but that doesn't matter which one you want to begin with.

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Al Hamdulillah

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and I remember a beautiful narration here Subhanallah about this topic of hand, praising Allah Jalla generika attributed to Jaffa, son of Ali,

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son of

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Al Hussein, son of Ali B violin, who said that my father, so Java aside that was speaking about his father Muhammad, he said, My father lost a camel.

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And he was very distressed by this. And so he said, If Allah subhanaw taala returns my camel to me, I am going to praise him in a way that will make him pleased with me. I will praise him in a very special way. If he returns my camel. He said not long past. And his camel came back with all of its furnishing and all of its equipment. So he mounted the back of the camel, and he put his clothes together. He looked into the heavens and now he's about to start this marvelous praise of Allah and thanks to him, and he said, Al Hamdulillah and I was here. So they said to him, You talking about this thunderous praise that you were going to give to Allah and Hamdulillah He said, Help me to show

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you and help direct to Cheyenne. Did I leave something out? Did I omit anything in praising Allah Jal 200 kuliah Hola. Hola. After all, I have made all Praise to Allah.

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He understood that when you say Alhamdulillah the praise is for Allah, it means you are singing. No one deserves praise but Allah didn't do that. So the statement of handle is heavy and weighty my brothers and sisters, engage in it and make it your go to statement when you're on the verge of complaining or whining. say Alhamdulillah bring it from your heart.

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This is number what

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is it? Number three.

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Number four, for those who want to display Schuko to Allah learn about the prostration of gratitude. It's very simple. Sister to show her the prostration of gratitude to Allah have you heard about it? It was the practice of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that when good news would come to him

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where he was relieved of a terrible matter. He would fall into frustration to Allah offer one Saturday.

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You don't necessarily need to be in a state of Waldo. Nor do you need to face the Qibla for it according to many of the scholars because they say it is not sila. It's not a prayer. It is a prostration so one prostration to say thanks to Allah agenda gelato

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and this is

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what God did nomadically companion did ally of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa send him a news was conveyed to him that Allah has forgiven you for the sin that he committed. And Allah revealed verses from chapter nine saying that Allah has pardoned him. So when Khabib nomadic heard the announcement Oh Khabib nomadic the boycott has ended of you and your two other friends. He said I fell on my fret on my face in frustration to Allah subhanho wa taala.

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And similarly, I leave the toilet but of the Allahu Anhu when he saw the prophetic sign amongst the corpses after the Battle of Narayan, which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have told him about, which will be a sign that you had, in fact fought the rebels, the Hermitage when he found the sign amongst their dead, he prostrated to Allah ingratitude, and likewise, Al Hasan Basri, when use was conveyed to him that the tyrant will hijack the use of coffee had died, he fell into frustration, and thanks to Allah to get used to doing that.

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Number What?

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Number five, I want you to focus on this one Dear Brothers and Sisters, before we conclude and wrap up with the sixth.

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This perhaps is one of the most important contributions of our religion to the topic of shocker,

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gratitude,

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the avoidance of sins.

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And I want you to focus on this with me for a moment.

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Because what is the value of someone saying a shoe Kuruvilla Alhamdulillah.

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When his words her words don't match with their actions.

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And that's why some of our predecessors defined

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gratitude as being abstinence from sins. That was their definition of shocker gratitude.

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By Khalid Ibn Al Hussein, he said, Can you call Lu

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Shu Caronia naughty, Terkel mercy.

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He said it used to be said in the past,

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gratitude for blessings is to stay away from sins.

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Gratitude for Allah's blessings is by definition,

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staying away from sins.

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And that is because Gratitude has three pillars that have made you alluded to it earlier. And he says three pillars to gratitude, what are they in his book modality to sell it in beautiful words. He said I show Kruja Chornobyl kunbi Hello and was the Canon Waiuku nobili Sanni center and what you're often Waiuku will Jawara pa 10 One piada

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he says gratitude is number one in the heart in terms of its submission to Allah.

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Number two gratitude is with your words, in terms of acknowledging his favours praising Allah. And then gratitude is in your limbs in terms of complying with the religion of Elijah.

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So let's just rewind and unpack those three for a moment. What was number one? Where is the gratitude? Shabaab was if whereas gratitude in the heart in terms of what submission, humility, acknowledging it is from Allah, then Lagenaria by the way, it's very important to note here how our religion says gratitude is for Allah. In the secular modern world today, they talk about gratitude, be grateful, grateful to who they don't tell you that.

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Be grateful, grateful to who and for what.

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And if my grandmother makes me a delicious pie, as some of the commentators have said, non Muslims, my grandmother makes me a pie. I thank her for making me the pie. But then who do I thank for the general circumstances of like, Who do I thank for that?

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And that's why the secular Thanksgiving flavored gratitude is a very fuzzy one, and it's not clear. Our religion says no, let's make it very clear. You are grateful and the object of gratitude is Allah, gender gelada.

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And that's why he said, one big company I met him, salmonella, any fever you have Allah said it is from Allah subhanaw taala. That's number that's the first pillar that you recognize internally that your fever is from Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allah. That's gratitude. pillar number one, pillar number two, in terms of what you say, it now has to appear in your in your speech. So now that you're often praising Allah and acknowledging him for his favorites, what does Allah say to our Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam in the Quran at Rebecca Paradis, as for the favor of Allah, speak about it, speak about it, talk about it.

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And that's why Omar Abdullah Aziz, he said

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Colonia Anza in Nicaragua, Shaka speak about the fables of Allah with one another, because speaking about them is gratitude. Speaking about them is gratitude. That's number two, acknowledging his favorites, like what what you're doing now in sha Allah.

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And then you have the third pillar, which is what? And this is why we are bringing this statement up the gratitude of the limbs, my dear brothers, and my dear sisters.

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You translate your inner gratitude into a practical reality?

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What is the value of saying Alhamdulillah for the blessing of eyesight, and then you go when you gave that flesh that you know should be covered?

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That is the contradiction. And that is a misalignment between your words and your actions. It's an empty Alhamdulillah or brother who says hamdulillah for the rest of his giving me the provisions, the money, the house, the cars, the business, yet his business is all sourced from the prohibited and the impure sources of money through intoxication or drugs, or cigarettes or alcohol or Riba. And you Al Hamdulillah, who are you praising him? For what?

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Because there is no alignment between what you say and what you are doing. Gratitude is with the limbs as well, not just with what we say.

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And that's why the Quran is very clear. It says a man who other than Buddha, chakra, or family of David, Allah said, work good deeds out of gratitude. What did he say? Work good deeds to show gratitude. And what does Allah say in Surah to file first up Allah, La La Kodesh Quran, have Taqwa be cautious of Allah so that you may be grateful. Be cautious of Allah stay within the limits of his religion, practical Schuco gratitude so that you may be grateful in the eyes of Elijah, Elijah, Elijah.

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And we know of nations

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that were wiped off the map

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because they didn't show this practical gratitude. Allah agenda gelato who said Wodaabe Allah Who methyl Korea 10 Carnot Mina 10 Matana India. Allah has given the example of a city

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that was safe and at peace.

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Yeah, Tihar is Ohara Dan miracoli McCann its provisions worse. We're coming to it in abundance from all places Masha Allah,

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what did they do?

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For Cafaro to be anomala.

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But it was ungrateful for the favors of Allah. So what happened? For other Kahala holy basil joy, you will hopefully be magnanimous now. And so Allah made them taste the extremes of hunger and fear because of what they used to do.

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Gratitude has to be what you show to Allah, what you do for Allah, what you present to Allah, how you dress for the Allah subhanho wa Taala where you gauge who you talk to your relationships, your business, this is where the real gratitude is, show Allah practically what you mean when you say Alhamdulillah allow there to be an alignment between what you say and what you do, then Allah who would appreciate your gratitude, then you access all of those favors that we spoke about earlier.

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In conclusion, brothers and sisters, I mean, we finished. But what I want to say really used and to leave you with this. Don't be that person.

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Don't be that person who awaits a calamity in his or her life to realize just how indebted you've always been to Allah.

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Don't wait for a blessing to be withheld from you or even taken away for you then to realize just how blessed you are not too long ago. Don't be that person.

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Don't be like that person who has trapped into an elevator. He's now breathing damp and hot air and now he's getting a little bit wheezing and lightheaded. And it's getting dangerous. It's critical now and he's stuck and he's afraid and 30 minutes later, the rescue team come in the doors open and he inhales cold, beautiful pure air and he says to dinner Alhamdulillah I can breathe again. Alhamdulillah for the blessing of breathing Hold on a minute. What are you praising Allah for? What are you thanking him for? You're thanking him for a blessing that you've had all throughout your life.

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But it needed to be withheld from you for half an hour. And then returned to realize just how indebted you are to Allah subhanho wa Taala or the person who sustained a head injury. And then for a moment they can't see they they think they've gone blind

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and they panic

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and then 30 days

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It's later there's a batting Rileys, Alhamdulillah, they can see again, and they say hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah, for the gift of seeing, what are you thanking him for thanking you for a blessing that you've always had, you've always been able to see. But it needed to be withheld from you for half an hour, and then returned to you to then remind you that you should have been grateful all along. Then apply that to your feet and apply that to your ears and apply that to your enzymes and apply that to every bit of blessing that Allah Almighty has conferred upon you. It's endless. It's endless.

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So don't be this person who needs to have a blessing withdrawn from him or her, for them to realize, Ya Allah, I should have said Alhamdulillah and I should have proven it practically.

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Then force yourself to be a positive and grateful person. That may mean that you need to restructure your sentences when speaking. So you're there your spouse or your friends or whoever provides you food and you say, God, that meal was horrible.

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What hamdulillah the meal was fine

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hamdulillah after all, so many people on this evening, have no food.

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And so many people will not have milk in their fridges this evening. In fact, so many people don't even have fridges

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be that person.

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And as the old proverb says, We began with this, that we cry

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of having no shoes until we meet someone who has no feed. And sometimes everything has to be taken away from a person leaving him with nothing for them to start realizing the value of what is little. And it is also another truth that says, Man cannot be happy until he learned how to be grateful to Allah subhanaw taala said hamdulillah brothers, so humbly now. So y'all hamdulillah hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah for the gift of Islam hamdulillah for the gift of brotherhood Alhamdulillah for the gift of well being and hamdulillah for the gift of sanity Alhamdulillah for the gift of knowing him Alhamdulillah for the gift of the masjid Alhamdulillah for what we know on

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Al Hamdulillah for what we do not know what I'm doing