Thankfulness (Part 1)

Shikr in Islam

Allah the Almighty says about thankfulness:

Quran 14:7

“If you are thankful, I will surely give you more; but if you are In another place, Allah tells us that only those who are grateful to Him”

(Quran, 14:7)

In another place, Allah tells us that only those who are grateful to Him truly worship Him:

Quran 2:172

“And be grateful to Allah if it is indeed Him that you worship.”

(Quran, 2:172)

Allah has mentioned thankfulness along with faith. He has made it very clear that He gains nothing from punishing people if they give thanks to Him and believe in Him.

Quran 4:147

“What would Allah gain from your punishment if you are grateful and believe? And ever is Allah Appreciative and Knowing.”

(Quran, 4:147)

We should therefore always be grateful to Allah for everything that He has given us. We should recognize that our very existence and our continuing sustenance are dependent on Allah. Allah’s bounties and blessings are countless. In many places in the Quran, Allah compares the terms Shukr and Kufr. Imaan implies shukr, or gratefulness as opposed to kufr, or ungratefulness. A disbeliever who does not believe in Allah and His Messenger is ungrateful. He is ungrateful to Allah who has given him everything, whereas a believer is ever thankful for all that Allah has given him. He recognizes that his Lord is Merciful and Loving.

If you are grateful, then you have taken the first step towards becoming a true believer. Allah creates, distributes and administers everything in the universe. He governs and sustains all that is in the universe. Not even a leaf falls without His knowledge. Being grateful is the cornerstone of our faith. If you learn this lesson well. you will begin the process of getting closer to Allah.

What is Thankfulness?

The true nature of thankfulness is the acknowledgement of the bounties of the Giver, Allah, with a sense of humility. Allah describes Himself as the Most Thankful One (ash-Shakoo). He rewards His servants for their thankfulness. The servant’s thankfulness to Allah is therefore expressed through the praise he offers to Him.

Gratefulness to Allah can be expressed in three ways:

  1. Thankfulness expressed by the tongue. This consists in the acknowledgement of the gifts of Allah with an attitude of humility.
  2. Thankfulness expressed by the body and the limbs. This is the indication of loyalty and readiness to serve and help fellow humans.
  3. Thankfulness expressed by the inner feelings of the heart.

To put it simply, thankfulness means that you do not disobey Allah by misusing His favours. Thankfulness is expressed through the believer’s devotion to Him in all his states and conditions. It is expressed through his firm belief that whatever is good in his existence, worship, remembrance of Allah is entirely due to His enabling guidance (tawfeeq), His gracious favour and His Help.

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