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Key to Gratefulness!


I happened to attend the completion of 1st juzz of the Quran. Here is something of what I learnt…

The Quran starts with the word ‘Alhamdulillah’.

There are 3 stages of gratefulness.

  • First is you don’t even know about it. You don’t even know you’re supposed to be grateful to Allah.
  • Second is you start thanking Allah for everything good you have or get.
  • Third is you become grateful even for those things that are hard on you, that are against your will. (Why? Because you know they’re from Allah and He SWT always does what’s best for you).

And then even that stage comes when you start disliking someone praising you (because you know all praise is for Allah).

When do we praise someone? When we see some quality (worth praising) in them. When we don’t see the good things we don’t praise either. And when we start ‘recognizing’ then the admiration comes from our hearts.

If someone is not glorifying Allah be worried about that person because he doesn’t ‘know’.
The person who knows about brands and stuff becomes so happy when he comes across a sale. The rest wouldn’t even care.
Know Allah more and more. Know His siffaat (attributes). You’ll get true happiness of the duniya and aakhirah.

Recognition brings gratefulness

Hajrah. :)

My Two Feet!


I was standing in the university bus, trying my best to remain balanced. The bus moved at a fast pace and everything inside the bus shook and bounced. I was feeling frustrated and grumbly. I was tired, my feet were burning and each minute was passing like an hour. Somewhere besides my thoughts I was conscious of Surah Ar-Rahman being played in the bus but my mind was too overwhelmed to pay much attention. Suddenly I noticed that the reciter was saying this verse out very loudly as if to shake someone and that verse kept repeating again and again and again.

فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”

Why? I said to myself. Why didn’t Allah put this in this surah just once or twice or maybe thrice even? Why so many times?

“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”
Are we really this ungrateful? And then I said to myself, I’m not really ungrateful for anything, am I? And my eyes suddenly fell on my burning feet. For a second I couldn’t take my eyes off my feet, the realization hit me hard. What if I didn’t have them? :O
And I was on a wheelchair being driven by someone, being lifted in the bus and being settled in a seat. Never being able to stand and always sitting! NO! If I’m standing in the bus right now it means I have two sound feet and I can walk. ALHAMDULILLAH!
O Allah! How ungrateful we are of Your blessings, indeed!

Just as I finished writing this I came across this anasheed, do listen! :)

Hajrah. :)

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