Channel: Mohammed Faqih
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Well Fila calm the Nova calm, while many altering our solar who for California's opposing Alima My dear brothers and sisters, allow me to speak to you from my heart today. And also allow me to invite you Inshallah, to Allah to tonight's discussion about the same topic that I'm going to be talking about right now. Where inshallah to Allah intend to share with you some numbers, statistics that caught my attention, when it comes to the subject of gratitude, feeling gratitude and expressing gratitude, right.
one of the most interesting, while it's kind of obvious, should be obvious, but one of the most interesting statistics or numbers show that people who are more religious
and tend to express gratitude at a higher rate than those who are not.
So, religious communities, anywhere from 84, to close to 90%, as opposed to
atheists, or agnostics, who were at the low compared to others 62%.
for very obvious reasons, if you understand how religion works,
obviously, it will boost or increase your
level of gratitude. And there are two things here that I intend to focus on feeling gratitude and expressing gratitude, because these are two different things.
But what is very
alarming is that in spite of the fact that we live
in one of the most advanced countries,
in spite of the fact that we're very privileged in many ways,
We may not be the happiest
and the most satisfied
we may not be living, we live in a country that actually ranks number three, and rates of depression and anxiety.
And we're struggling.
And you don't hear people say Alhamdulillah, you know, or, you know, when they say it, you don't feel like they really they really mean it. We complain a lot. We complain to one another. We complain to ourselves, you know, and we complain the least to Allah subhanaw taala we complain to other human beings, right? Though our Quran teaches us right? To complain to who? Most right. I'm not saying don't ever talk to anyone, but mostly you should complain to in the matter school, Betsy was an eel Hola. Where are the women hola humanitaire them. So I intend to talk about this topic because, you know, most Americans actually
bring this topic up much more frequently than we think. It's not something that just comes around Thanksgiving, by the way. Right.
And in our tradition, it is a daily commitment.
Or at least that's how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that's what the Prophet of Allah want the believers to do. And our sky
dollars discuss this topic of shook.
Right? feeling gratitude and expressing gratitude.
Even if I am Rahimullah talks about happy to shook, what is this sense of gratitude or being grateful or being thankful to Allah subhanaw taala? What does it look like? Is it just a feeling that you get?
Is it something that you only say as a cliche whenever someone basically reminds you of the blessings of Allah upon you know, he says it's actually something sugar is something that will fit near MIT, near Matilda here.
It is to show the blessings of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah upon you through three Faculties or three in three ways. One verbally been handy with an A,
or be thinner, tariff, Allah Lisanti be thinner, even a tariff, he says verbally by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah thanking Allah azza wa jal for all of his blessings upon you. Right, and admitting, that Allah Subhana Allah that all the blessings of Allah upon you are from him. Subhana wa Tada giving credit to Allah azza wa jal
and Allah azza wa jal praises these people who do this. Ibrahim alayhis salam Allah azza wa jal says about him kind of mutton, and then Allah azza wa jal says in the following verse Shakira Lee and Rumi, he, he was grateful.
Right? And if you study the life of Ibrahim alayhis salam, and you come upon that moment or episode when he went to visit, his son is married. And then he asked his daughter in law Somalians wife, how's your life? How's your living? She started complaining.
So he said to her, when your husband comes back, just tell him that sounds you know, someone who looks, you know, that I came to visit him without identifying himself.
Right? And, and he, you know, use a metaphor that basically meant that you may need to bring someone better in your life. Right?
Someone that that is more thankful and grateful, because living with someone who's not grateful and who's very negative can be very draining. It's a very destructive thing. So he brought him Ali Salam did not,
did not have tolerance for people who are not grateful to Allah Subhana Allah because he was himself grateful Allah azza wa jal praise him for that. Allah azza wa jal praise swla Man,
that when when a man in salaam saw the throne of the Queen of Sheba in front of him,
he wasn't celebrating this great accomplishment. This is a great accomplishment is fascinating. He was not you know, you know, overly excited and jumping out of his
seat, giving high fives to whoever was responsible for that he gave credit to Allah Allah. Allah had them in fugly Robbie, this is from the grace or from the bounties of my Lord, the abalone ash Quran
to test me
and to see whether I'm going to be thankful. Right, or I'm going to deny His blessings upon me.
So, ha they had them in for the robber. He said that with his tongue, and Allah azza wa jal in the Quran says to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, well, I'm being here, Matthew rabita, the Hadith.
So thankfulness, right? It's through expressing gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala thanking Allah azza wa jal, day and night.
And you may want to consider, right? Every time you come upon an enema that you're that we're getting used to, you may want to consider that some somewhere in America. And sometimes even somewhere in this state and sometimes somewhere in this town. Someone woke up this morning, not having that blessing.
Someone woke up this morning, losing it,
but you have it.
So we constantly have to remember this.
And praise Allah azza wa jal did not get tired to praise Allah azza wa jal and thank him for his blessings upon us. And then number two,
to actually feel it in the heart will feel
right, to feel it in the heart, to feel love, as Kim said to love Allah subhanaw taala for it, right? And to have positive feeling towards Allah subhanaw taala in your heart.
That's the second layer of being thankful because sometimes people say Alhamdulillah but deep inside, they're not what satisfied. They're not happy. And this is not what the believer is like
The Prophet Sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam told us that the believer is able to actually look deeper. And even when Allah azza wa jal afflicts him or her with a calamity or with a loss, they see the blessing in it. They still praise Allah Subhana Allah and thank him. I'm always fascinated when I come upon that rewire that report, that oh of news is available, the Allahu Allah, may Allah Subhana Allah be pleased with him.
When he lost
a child of his, his eldest, he said, Allah subhana, Allah gave me for he spared three and he took one
to Allah belongs what he gives to Allah belongs what he takes, we praise Him for what He gives, and we praise him for what he takes.
This is unconditional. But it comes from hearing stems from a heart that has certainty in the greatness and the generosity of Allah subhanho wa Taala that has full belief and confidence
in the Mercy of Allah subhana wa Dawn
and then evidence himself in the third layer is through your actions
through your actions,
by subjugating these blessings to the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa taala. to please Allah azza wa jal before it even appeared
to obey Allah azza wa jal.
And no wonder, right, these studies now say that those who go have some kind of worship or some kind of spiritual commitment on a weekly basis, and those who have who pray on a daily basis, they rank the highest
in feeling or expressing gratitude 89 to 90%.
They write they rank the highest, because that is what rabada is supposed to teach us. So imagine if you pray five times a day.
Imagine if you fast, very often.
Not only Ramadan, but you fast more frequently. Imagine if you give sadaqa
more frequently and not only once a year, when it's time to calculate and give your as aka imagine if you were to get up in the middle of the night and pray to Allah subhanaw taala imagine if you were to read Quran on your own on a daily basis. Imagine the level of satisfaction, gratitude that you're going to feel
and consider expressing that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us that every day when we wake up that we should praise Allah subhana wa Tada.
Now we won't be able as Allah azza wa jal mentioned in the Quran, to enumerate enumerate the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala upon us, we won't be able to assign a number to it. We won't be able to say well, I have mashallah, you know, 607,676 blessings. You can't. You can't wait to do an intimate, Alavi later. So you won't be able to say, Well, I have this many blessings. Because we have endless number of blessings. The greatest of all brothers and sisters is the blessings of what guidance and Eman.
So am I so that if you lose everything, but you still have your Eman,
you're fine. But if you have everything and you lose your Eman, it's worthless.
So realizing that these blessings are from Allah subhanho wa Taala
and praising Allah azza wa jal in thanking him for it, in and of itself is a blessing.
Maintaining this attitude.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam practically teaches us that we start our day praising Allah azza wa jal and thanking him for what we have
for what He has given us, and for what he has even tested us with. Right? And we end our day with the same.
So we say as soon as we wake up, we say Alhamdulillah Praise be to Allah, that the journey on who gave me life,
right, and another Hadith, Rog De La Rue he gave me back my life, gave me back my life.
What I found if he begged me and made me Well, there are a lot of people who don't make it.
They don't even get to praise or not praise Allah Subhana Allah because they don't make it.
There are some people who wake up, but they won't be able to move
or their health condition worsens, comes worse.
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we should praise Allah subhanaw taala throughout the day, by following the commandments of Allah subhana wa Taala praying and then every song of course, obviously we begin our Salah by praising Allah hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen but then also when we get home when we go back, we should praise Allah Subhana Allah and thank him
Alhamdulillah he led the Amana Praise be to Allah who provided for us what's akana and he provided
drink for us what I wanna and he provided shelter for us.
I have myself met people I'm not talking about I have myself met people who were well, very accomplished people, intelligent, smart, very successful. At some point, they lost everything. And they ended up being homeless.
So every day when we go home, we find a shelter. There are people who who go home and home is no longer there.
Some disaster came and destroyed a fire.
So every time we go home, we should praise Allah subhana hamdulillah Lydia Tamanna was a carnival khalfan Our Anna provided shelter for us for come in Mala Cafe Hola, hola, Malawi. How many people are out there? Go look it up. I mean, you can actually research this stuff and you will see how many people end up losing things that they were taking for granted.
Every time you go home and hamdulillah every one of your family is there and they're well praise Allah Subhana Allah and be thankful.
No need to go there and angry and frustrated and take it out on them. You're very fortunate to have them around.
And every time your loved ones come back home, right before you start yelling at them or demanding things or getting disappointed because they forgot something that that you were expecting them to bring home. Be thankful to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and praise Allah azza wa jal that they came back home safe.
There have been situations stories that I was involved, and as an ima myself, where people left disappointed or angry in the morning, they didn't come back home. And the individuals that were disappointed with them, felt like I wish I can have that person back in my life and forget everything. It's not worth it. So be thankful to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, your spouse comes back home, be grateful to Allah subhana to other than that they made it home safe.
Praise Allah azza wa jal and thank him, everything else is secondary.
So brothers and sisters, unless we thank Allah azza wa jal for his blessings,
we will lose them.
And if we thank Allah azza wa jal for his blessings, Allah azza wa jal promises to increase and to give us more and to bless it for us.
The Isha curricula as Eden Naka, if you're thankful Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, I will give you more. I ask Allah azza wa jal to make you and I have those who are thankful to him. We praise Allah subhana wa to Allah for what he gives. We ask Allah azza wa jal not to deprive us from His blessings due to our ungratefulness Allah who met Nana oh they become a zillionaire medic What the hell will your fear take or Fujairah genetic or Jamia Sahil take a Apollo has a cold or sell for Allah hurry we're looking for some guru in a hula hula Rahim please move forward inshallah to Allah and fill in the gaps and do not block the entrance
Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala evadne Living in a slough our bat the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
gave us a practical tip that will help us increase this sense of gratitude.
It's very practical. He said when it comes to dunya when it comes to the blessings of this life,
always examine and look at those who are below you.
As opposed to those who who are above you or who have more than you.
They know who they are and letters their own Emmet Allahu Allah.
For that is going to help you not belittle the blessings of Allah upon you. Always look at someone who has less than what you have when it comes to dunya obviously when it comes to Africa, when it comes to the deen, you should be looking at someone who has one who's better who's better than you, who's giving more who is more knowledgeable who has more Quran memorize so that you can compete with the data for later now for cinematography soon, that's where we need to get competitive. And that's a habit of doing Allah Hi, my name is Sid amazing examples in that I will work on an aroma they were always competing
and doing good and Allah azza wa jal says Subiaco Sadie can
Meet with each other Wi Fi direct affiliate and cinematography. So let me say how the affiliate MLM Elon, right? Today I'm going to do more than Abu Bakr and he goes and it turns out that Abu Bakr had already done more somehow.
But when it comes to dunya dunya it's not worth
fighting for or competing over. And Allah azza wa jal warns us and how can we attack Arthur Hotez? Ottoman macabre, don't let this competitive nature of yours cause you or distract you.
Right? Until you end up in the grave. Because we're all going to end up in the same, we're going to be at the same level, same level, no one's grave is going to be wider or bigger or fancier than the other. It's all the same. And even if it is that it won't matter, because beneath the ground is all the same.
Macula Annarino imagine, that's what we need to be focusing on. Now, this doesn't mean that we shouldn't be ambitious, that we shouldn't try our best that we shouldn't do. Doesn't mean that at all. It just means that when it comes to issues matters that you can't do much about right, that you should not continue to torture yourself. By being dissatisfied with what you have and see that you are blessed. You're blessed. And as I said, In the beginning of my hotbar we are amongst the most privileged people on the face of this planet.
And Allah azza wa jal is going to ask us the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had one, one good meal.
And he by today's standards, it will be like a very simple average meal. Right. And after they finished him Abu Bakr and Omar, he said, Let us alone Naomi, in any name, you will be asked about this. And now you and I have a variety of,
open access to open buffets, things that that that the Sahaba couldn't imagine would be, would be on. We live in homes we live we have x we have rights that are much more comfortable than, than anything that any of the greatest emperors of the past had.
The least of us has better than has access to luxuries that the greatest of emperors and most powerful of people didn't have in the past.
So I asked Allah azza wa jal to make you an eye of those of the few of his servants who are thankful to him Well, you don't mean anybody a shackle, and I asked Allah azza wa jal to continue to bless us and bless our families. And I asked Allah subhanaw taala to give us the greatest of all blessings to keep us guided upon his path and make us of those who feel and express gratitude. I ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless the ummah of His Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to alleviate the pain and the suffering of our brothers and sisters who are suffering all over the world. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to give victory to this deen and the followers of this religion. Allahu Allah is
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