Shukr – Worship as Gratitude
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one of the most important internal acts of worship that we need to engage in on a daily basis is sugar gratitude, Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And this concept of sugar can be extremely difficult during hard times.
when things aren't going our way, when we have many different trials happening at the same time,
it becomes harder and harder to find things to be grateful for.
So during difficult times, it is important that we remind ourselves and remind each other about the necessity of sugar of gratitude in our religion. that this isn't just a concept that applies during the good times. It applies at all times.
And part of winning the test of life is an even during one's darkest moments, one finds things to be grateful for, and continues to worship Allah and to remain in a state of gratitude.
Sugar is the highest form of worship.
The different reasons why people worship Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And they are all part of the mind there are different levels of email. The lowest level of email, which is still email and still good is that someone worships Allah out of fear of the hellfire.
So they don't want to go to Jerusalem and that is the reason why they worship Allah. And that email it means they believe in Allah, we believe in the Help is good. But the higher level than that, there is worship worshipping Allah, out of hoping His mercy is worshiping Allah out of desire for paradise. These worshiping Allah, out of love of Allah subhana wa Taala these are all different levels of demand. But the highest level is to worship Allah out of gratitude. Now, why do we put gratitude as the highest level because it is the station of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the one who worship Allah the best. And his worship was
gratitude. We notice from the Hadees in which I showed you the rates that she would see the prophets Allah while he was alone, worshiping Allah a lot. He used to pray so much night Salah that his legs would begin to swell. So she asked him, Allah already forgiven you for all of your mistakes. He's already guaranteed you genda Why do you need to worship him so much? And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, should I not be grateful?
For this Heidi's we understand, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for worship was based on gratitude,
of being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that is the level we have to import. That when we stand up to pray, we are praying because we are grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala when we fast we fasted because we are thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala when we give us a God, we do it because we are grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala how does all of this play out? When you stand up to pray, you think about the bounties of Allah Subhana Allah, about everything he has given you. And you worship him as a form of thanking him for giving you that.
When you fast, you think about the fact that Allah has blessed you with food. Allah has blessed you with abundance, and you fast as a way of thanking Allah for giving you so much. When you give Zakat, you think about how much well Allah has given you. Our gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving you that much Well, you give a portion of it in soccer and you give more of it so that when we do it in this way, all of our acts of Avada can become sugar, they can become a form of being grateful to Allah Subhana without the word sugar, and its various forms are mentioned in the Quran more than 20 times. Allah subhanho wa Taala calls on us, number one, to be grateful for Allah
Subhana Allah is be grateful to Allah Allah for what he has given us, but for who Allah is.
have sugar that your Lord is our might be grateful that your Lord is our heart. Be grateful that your Lord is overdue, the most loving, the Most Merciful.
The most forgiving
Should we not be grateful that our Creator has these qualities
The other thing which Allah should be called upon us to be grateful for in the Quran, are His blessings in our life. Now, once you have told us in the Quran that even you have, if you have to count all of the blessings of Allah, you will not be able to do so. And this is an activity that we generally give out when someone's feeling depressed, or when someone's feeling like they've got nothing to live for everything's going wrong with their life. And activity they can do is to sit and write out a list of everything that they are grateful for. And they will find that the list goes on for hundreds upon 1000s of things. You cannot end the list of things to be grateful for, you fail
very often we have four or five problems in our life at the same time. And that's the only thing dominating our thoughts, just those four or five things that are therefore wrong. And that's all we can think about. When you take time to actually sit and think about the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you realize, Allah has blessed you with 1000s of things. And he's testing you with three or four things. And so the blessings outweigh the test. And therefore, we should remain grateful even during times of test.
So the first thing which allows you a handout called is to be grateful to him for who he is His attributes. The second thing, that he called us to be grateful for his blessings and favors upon us. The third thing that he tells us to be grateful for, and this is the one we all take for granted, is Islam.
To be grateful for our for our religion. This is something we take for granted, especially if you're born into a Muslim family, we just think more Muslim, you know, and it becomes a culture becomes just rituals, but it's supposed to be something we think about. Allah had not blessed me with Mr. But what since I have been involved in if Allah had not listened to demand, how to handle the death of a loved one, Allah had not blessed me when he man, how would I cope with the test of life? What did we look forward to after that? When you think about all of these things, you begin to have sugar for one sugar for Islam. And you express that sugar by mentioning that I am pleased to align my
daughter with Islam is my Deen and Allah is my messenger.
In the Quran, Allah tells us one of the main rewards for living a life of sugar. And this is a verse that all of us, we hear it over and over again, football's read over and over again. Notice it become a Provo Maxim, Mustafa Humphrey likes a good one, that that we all should know. And that is,
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Allah Subhana, Allah promises us in the Quran, that if you express gratitude, I will give you
if you express gratitude, I will give you more. So this is the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the first season explained this verse, they say, Allah Subhana, Allah as promise comes through one of three ways. Number one, he will give you more of what you have to for example, if you are grateful for the wealth like this, you will, he will give you more What if you are grateful for the children, Allah has blessed you and He will give you more children. If you're grateful for the businesses, Allah has bestowed he will give you more businesses. That's one way. The second way or more is up put Baraka.
So Allah might not give you more businesses, but he could borrow kind of business that you have, because you agree, Allah might not give you
more wealth, but the wealth that you have will be compressed because you express gratitude for it. And the third way that Allah gives us more is by replacing what we have with that which is better. Meaning for example, just say you have a house, right? And it's not the best house, but you own it, you're able to live in it, your family, living it, your safety, and you're thankful to Allah for that.
One of the ways in which this verse manifests itself is that Allah may replace that house with a better house, meaning you show gratitude for something that wasn't perfect for Allah replaced it with something better. So same with a car, maybe you don't have the best of cars, maybe your car is rather false. But every time you drive into denke, Allah for giving you a call, you have a love of blessing you with a car, and because of that, Allah will give you a better car.
So these are the three ways that the bus can manifest itself in our lives, all three are beneficial to us. If we live a life of gratitude, then we either going to get more of what we are grateful for what we agree to four might be replaced to something better than it. Or number three, there'll be a couple things, and in some cases, all three in some cases, you will get all three. So just say thanks
After you have a business and you are grateful for your business, allow it to Baraka business, it will give you more business and it may give you a better a better business as well you can do it and always Allah's mercy is infinite. So gratitude brings about increase. Gratitude brings about Baraka. And one of the greatest blessings of gratitude in this world is that it helps us to fight off depression, and it helps us to attain inner peace. Even non Muslim psychiatrists will agree with this, that one of the ways to combat depression is to find things in your life to be grateful for, to just sit and think about everything your life you're grateful for. This is something that helps
to combat depression. And this is why you will find that a true Muslim, someone who practices practices, gratitude, can be in the worst of situations as to find reasons to be happy. Now we know the historical story of even Tamia Rama when he was in prison. And you know, he made a famous statement that you put me in prison, I have private time with Allah, if they kill me, it is martyrdom. So what can my enemies do to me, meaning in every situation, you can see the good you can see something to be grateful for, you can see a reason to take a look. There are people who do this and we look at Yusuf alayhi salam, when he was had to choose between temptation towards major sin
and going to prison, he chose to go to prison. And he was grateful that allowed me to be in prison. Why? Because he protected him from ages.
And so one of the things that that this sugar does for us is that it helps us to remain happy, or at least prevents us from losing all during the most difficult of situations. And we see this in the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam
what the prophets are some Duncan, whatever test we go through, he went through the prophets a lot, Lee was sort of lost his parents lost his grandfather, lost his uncle lost two of his wife lost almost all of his children during his lifetime. He lost his adopted son, they he lost his his cousin, Java, he lost some of his best friends. He knows people who oppose his pain. He went, he dealt with the death of a child death of a baby. He dealt with almost any test you can think of. He dealt with his people chasing him away, go into exile, migration, anything you can think of it yet, when you worship Allah, it was out of Chicago. It was out of gratitude. He always found reasons to
be grateful. The Prophet voisins life was a life of gratitude. And so if you want to follow his thunder, if we want to be like him, if we want to become true believers to reach a level of sun in our worship, that our worship must also be fueled by gratitude. Whether in Chicago
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how do we express sugar? Allah subhanho wa Taala. The Quran and the Hadees teach us many different ways in which we can express our sugar.
The first way is literally the first two verses of the Quran are the first two words of the prophet and hamdulillah the Quran begins with Alhamdulillah There are five students that begin with vanilla
what is happening without me All praise is for you express sugar by saying accompany and I want us to start doing this more often. Anytime you think of something in your life that you're grateful for, to see.
are you grateful for being alive and happy? Like grateful for your email? Your family and how did you learn to say Alhamdulillah so that the expression of sugar doesn't just stay in the heart but He manifests on our tongue.
Another way of expressing sugar with the tongue is mentioned in Surah Alka in the famous parable of the two men in the garden where one man was boasting about his gardens
and a string told him Why don't you say Masha Allah La quwata illa Billah Why don't you say Masha Allah? This is what Allah has low level water below all power is from Allah.
Meaning Why don't you express sugar? gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala for what he has given you is a boasting about your own infants, from young children to ways of expressing sugar number one difference
martial law. Number two is not to attribute goodness to ourselves. You see when something goes right, we shouldn't say it's because of my business genius is because of my class because of my hard work. We should say La quwata illa Billah Hola Hola. Hola poder in that regard, this is from Allah, because Allah that I was successful because of a lot and I got what I got. So this is another way to express Allah subhanho wa Taala is not to explain not to,
not to attach goodness to ourselves, but rather to express it as a attachment or much more hands on with dogs. Instead of saying that I did this say Allah has blessed me with this godly way of expressing
another way of showing gratitude mentioning the Hadees is to tag people. The prophets Allah alayhi wa sallam said that none of you are truly grateful, unless you are grateful to the
meaning part of being grateful to Allah is expressing gratitude to people. So when somebody does something good for us to say, Does Apple have a lot to say, I appreciate that. To say that, I'm really grateful for what you have done for me. This is a part of worshiping Allah, this is a part of sugar.
If Allah helps you to a person, and you don't tend that person, then in a way you're not acting Allah because Allah you have made that person a means to which you receive Allah. And so part of sugar is to tempt people.
Another expression of sugar in our religion is to give a lot of setup. And this is specifically if you have been blessed to devout. One of the ways to show your gratitude Allah subhanaw taala for your wealth is to give it in the part of a lot to share with others. Another method of expressing sugar in our religion is the such the of sugar or the soda.
Like such the sugar. And again, different Muslims have different approach to that in some perhaps you have sold out to sugar, others you have such a such that's
what this means is that when some major good news reaches you something you are truly truly grateful for something that you almost thought was going to be a medical never going to happen, then instead of just saying 100 instead of expressing gratitude in the way you would on a daily basis, you do a bigger gesture, right? The sooner is the when such news reaches your ears, you fall on the ground in such that immediately attack a loved one.
Immediately for the ground attack, I'd love for you to make something out of gratitude or wash your hands. Now again, there are different mud hubs, they have different approaches to this, the sinner is to immediately go on the ground and express your gratitude. But there are other forms as well. So for example, you have the solution, where you pray to regards to thank Allah for for what he has given you. So what what would be an occasion on which one one would
do such as sugar, sugar, for example, if you told somebody was going to pass away, and they survived,
this is the reason to make such a sugar. If there was a war and the war ends, that's a reason to make such a sugar. If you spent many years in debt, and suddenly you are debt free reason to make such an issue. If you thought you're going to fail your exams in your mind how Bukola you pass, that's a reason to make such a struggle. No, you got the job that you spent a year trying to get. You see the big things, the things that are miraculous the things that you don't think are going to happen. But you may do out and you put in Allah when they happen. Don't just say a complete or you say 100 But don't just say 100 you
fall on the ground such that and thank Allah for what he has given you. This is the ultimate form of sugar.
If we choose to live lives of gratitude, Allah will bless us with more good things in our lives. And even the difficult moments will be a bit more bearable. Because
even Yes, you would go through sadness, we go through difficulty we go through stress, we go through hardship. But if you also reminding ourselves that Allah has given me this Allah has blessed me with that Allah has, has given me so many blessings in my life, you're able to overcome it, you're able to return to a state of of productivity and a state of moving forward. So should have been in a great state of shock of having a life of gratitude. Number one, it leads to increase in America. Number two, it leads to inner peace and happiness. Number three helps you to fight depression. And number four, it is the ultimate form of worship.
That Yes, you can worship a lot of feel you can worship a lot of hope. But the highest level of worship is to worship Allah out of love and gratitude. If we can reach that level, then we attain a very high status in our relationship with our Creator Allah
had to make us from the people of gratitude and maybe because of the people who practice what we preach and live according to the teachings of the prophets of Allah. Salaam Alaikum alaikum lunarlon Xena amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam artissima Allah. Muhammad Ali was Javier Jemaine Robert Adina Petunia. Hasina. bofill nobody knows. So behind Robin is at the mercy pool was salam, O Allah, Allah PMP resource