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Shukr: Being Thankful to Allah

Dear sisters and brothers, Assalamu Alaikum. Bismillah…..Today I read a short and sweet article on being thankful to Allah and would like to share with you all. This in fact from the Khubah notes by Taha Ghayyur published in soundvision website. Read on….

1. We can never count Allah’s Blessings:Be ever grateful to Allah for everything that you possess including your wealth, health, status, intellectual abilities and life. Allah says:

“Is, then, He Who creates comparable to any that cannot create? Will you not, then, take heed? For should you try to count Allah’s blessings, you could never compute them…” (An-Nahl 16:17-19).

2. Shaytan’s primary mission is to make human beings ungrateful:From the very beginning of the human being’s creation, the issue of gratefulness and thankfulness to Allah has been debated. After refusing to bow to Adam, Satan said:

“Then I will certainly come to them from before them and from behind them, and from the right-hand side and from the left-hand side, and You (Allah) shall not find most of them thankful” (Al-Araf 7:17).

3. The opposite of Shukr (gratitude) is Kufr (disbelief): In many places in the Quran, Allah compares the terms shukr and kufr. “Then remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and do not reject Me”(Al-Baqarah 2:152).

Iman (belief) implies shukr or gratefulness as opposed to kufr or ungratefulness. A kafiror disbeliever is ungrateful to the Being Who has given him everything, whereas a Believer is one who is ever thankful for all that Allah has given him.

4. We thank Allah for our own benefit: If you are ungrateful, Allah is unaffected. If you become grateful, then you have taken the first step towards becoming a true Believer. It is for this reason that the Prophet exhorted us to Love Allah as we benefit from His grace (Tirmidhi).

Allah reminds us: “And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self” (Luqman 31:12). “For surely if it was not for the grace of Allah on you and His mercy, you would have been among the losers” (Al-Baqarah 2:64).

5. True worship means sincere thankfulness to Allah: Allah explained in the Quran that the only people who truly worship Him are those who give gratitude to Him, so those who are not among the people of gratitude are not among the people of Ibadah (worship and obedience). “… and be grateful to Allâh, if it is Him you worship” (Al-Baqarah 2:172).

6. Shukr leads to Allah’s pleasure: Allah has told us that His pleasure may be attained through gratitude. “…If you are grateful, He is pleased with you…”(Az-Zumar 39:7).

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Allah is pleased with His servant if, when he eats something, he thanks Allah for it, and when he drinks something, he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim).

7. Gratitude is a purpose of our creation: “It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection: that you may give thanks (to Allah)” (An-Nahl, 16:78).

8. Shukr is a quality of success in this life and in the Hereafter: Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet said: “There are four qualities, whoever is given them has truly been given the best in this world and the next. They are: a grateful heart (that is thankful to Allah), a remembering tongue (that mentions Allah often), an enduring body (to persevere through the trials), and a faithful wife.”

9. Being grateful and patient in times of difficulty:Everything that happens to us – even events that we may consider to be personal afflictions or natural disasters-are from Allah. Therefore, in times of calamity and distress, there will be some good for us, provided we respond appropriately. The Prophet said:

“How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this blessing. If he receives some bounty, he is grateful to Allah and this bounty brings good to him. And if some adversity befalls him, he is patient, and this affliction, too, brings good to him” (Muslim).

10. Allah’s Mercy is for all, but most people will remain ungrateful: He shows and gives mercy to all, even those who continue to be ungrateful and rebellious towards Him: “Indeed Allah is the possessor of bounty for all people but most people do not give thanks.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 243).

11. Most people subconsciously thank Allah: Reflect upon your own life and you will find innumerable occasions when Allah’s `hand’ has been holding you and helping you. So often, believers and even atheists subconsciously use the expression ‘Thank God’, without realising the full implications of our words.

12. Shukr leads to abundance in Allah’s favours: If you appreciate Allah’s favors, He has promised increased Rahma or mercy for you. Allah’s reward for your gratitude is unlimited and unconditional. “If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more.” (Ibrahim 14:7).

13. Three ways to express Shukr: The classical Muslim scholars have indicated Shukr can be shown in three ways:

- Shukr of the heart (Qalb), which is achieved by harboring and intending good for all of Allah’s creation.
Shukr of the tongue (Lisan), which involves celebrating the praises of Allah, such as utterance of “Alhamdulillah”, and expressing gratefulness to Allah with our tongue.
Shukr of the limbs (Jawarih), which is fulfilled by using our external senses to do good. Every time Allah gives us a blessing, we must use it in a way that benefits humanity and that pleases Allah.

Jazakallah Khayr Br. Taha for your hardwork in preparing these notes. May Allah help us all to be thankful unto Him. Aameen.

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November 22, 2011 - Posted by | Reflections, Shukr Vs Kufr | , , , , , , ,

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  1. The opposite word of Shukr (thankful) is Kufr (ungrateful). When we do not do Shukr means we do Kufr. This is very serious matter. May Allah save us from Kufr and keep us in His protection. Aameen.

    Comment by Ataullah | November 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. Jazakallah Khayr, Br. Ataullah for your comment. In fact I am thankful to you for your comment.

    After reading your comment, I was introspecting myself whether i did any mistake in accepting this article as you highlighted by saying ‘when we do not do shukr, means we do kufr’.
    Kufr is used in different meanings in the Qur’an and the ahadeeth, as you know it very well.
    Kufr, among others, means disbelief, to deny or reject, to be ungrateful.
    So if you are not grateful to something, you actually deny or disbelieve in that thing and therefore you become ungrateful!

    In the story of Prophet Sulaiman and the Queen, Prophet Sulaiman is clearly using the words (Akfuru and Kafara) which means ungrateful.

    قَالَ الَّذِي عِنْدَهُ عِلْمٌ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ ۚ فَلَمَّا رَآهُ مُسْتَقِرًّا عِنْدَهُ قَالَ هَٰذَا مِنْ فَضْلِ رَبِّي لِيَبْلُوَنِي أَأَشْكُرُ أَمْ أَكْفُرُ ۖ وَمَنْ شَكَرَ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ رَبِّي غَنِيٌّ كَرِيمٌ

    “And he who had some knowledge of the Book said: “I will bring it before the twinkling of your eye.” When Solomon saw the throne placed firmly beside him, he cried out: “This is by the grace of my Lord so that He may test me whether I give thanks for (His Bounty) or act with ingratitude. Whoever is grateful is so to his own good; and whoever is ungrateful, let him know that my Lord is Immensely Resourceful, Most Bountiful.” (Surah Al Naml: 40)

    May Allah make all Muslims adopt the nature of being grateful to Allah at all times….aameen.

    I would like readers to express their thoughts, insha allah…

    Comment by MuQeet | November 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Br. Muqeet,
      Walaikum Salam and Jazak Allah for your reply. It is really a matter of deep concern whether we do shukr or kufr!! We have to introspect our life. You have quoted verse from surah Naml. There are so many verses in Holy Quran in which Allah says kurf as against Shukr. To quote few:

      2: 152. Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be (Washkurulie) grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful (wala takfuroon) to Me.

      14:07. And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give (shakartum) thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are (Kafartum) thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”

      76:03. Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be (shakirau) grateful or (kafoora) ungrateful.

      The best of Shukr is to follow His Deen totally and to strive hard to establish His Deen on His earth.

      May Allah guide us all.
      Brotherly Yours,
      Ataullah

      Comment by Ataullah | November 24, 2011 | Reply

      • Jazakallah Khayr, dear Ataullah, for adding more points which makes things very clear, alhamdulillah. May Allah bless you…aameen.
        I just remember this verse from Surah Luqman which further throws light on the concept of shukr vs kufr:
        وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا لُقْمَانَ الْحِكْمَةَ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِلَّهِ ۚ وَمَنْ يَشْكُرْ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ
        “We bestowed wisdom upon Luqman, (enjoining): “Give thanks to Allah.” Whoso gives thanks to Allah, does so to his own good. And whoso disbelieves (let him know that) Allah is All-Sufficient, Immensely Praiseworthy”. (Surah Luqman: 12)
        As you rightly said the best of shukr will be to follow Allah’s Deen while striving one’s utmost to establish it on Allah’s land. Vassalam.

        Comment by MuQeet | November 24, 2011

  3. Asalaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaah,

    Maashaallaah Tabaarakallaah what a wondeful article and beautiful reminder. May Allaah reward you and the brother who compiled it. May Allaah bless you and make you successful in His religion and make you from amongst the grateful. Aameen!

    Comment by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim | November 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam, dear brother.
      Jazakallah Khayr. May Allah accept your du’aa. Aameen.

      Comment by MuQeet | November 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. Ma sha ALLAH. May ALLAH reward you, Ameen…

    Comment by Time Traveller | November 24, 2011 | Reply

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