Summary of part 1
1. Always remember Allah :
Remember Allah while standing, sitting, eating, sleeping and lying, definitely. He will respond you. For all this yaqeen is so important which comes from inner of the heart. This is the way he wants you and me to be successful in this world and hereafter. If you’ve a connection like this with Almighty nothing in the world can bother you.
2. Being thankful to Allah “
“Therefore remember me, I will remember you, and be thankful to me and do not be ungrateful to me.”
Unfortunately, we Muslims have fallen into the trap of iblees and have gotten so caught up in our comings and goings that we very rarely take the time to reflect on the favors of Allah and to thank him with the thanks that is due him. We are so busy conducting our daily lives that we forget who is really in charge and from where our substance comes.
Most of the people think on the lines that if I only had that particular situation I would be grateful like if I had a large amount of money , if I had sons , if I had a big house , better job and the list goes on and on . We are constantly focused on the things we don’t have instead of being grateful to Allah for the things we do have.
“And he gives you all that you ask for but if you count the favors of Allah, never you will be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.” (Subhan Allah) (Quran 14:34)
If we start counting the favors of Allah it’s endless. the very fast that we wake up in the morning , offer salah , have food , have health , have homes , have everything in life , our families , our kids , these all are his favors . We should take none of it for granted or become arrogant enough to believe that we attained ant of it because of our own efforts alone.
Formula of happiness:
“And (remember) when your Lord Proclaimed, “if you are grateful, I will surely increase you (in favor), but if you deny, indeed, my punishment is severe.” (Quran 14:7)
In this Ayah, Allah tells us that if a slave is grateful, he has promised that he will increase the blessings that have been already given to him, but if the slave denies the blessings, the punishment from his Lord is severe. So if we wish to have more blessings and pleasures we should be thankful to Allah all time. While standing, while sitting our tongue should be wet with the praise of Allah and our hearts should be filled with his love.
Hazrat Ayesha (razi Allah anha) reported that: holy Prophet (peace be upon him) stayed up all the night in prayer, standing until his feet become swollen, when he was asked, “Why are you doing this, when Allah has forgiven all your past and future actions? He replied, “Should I not be grateful slave? (Subhan Allah)
Question is should we not follow his footsteps.
Why we should be grateful to Allah?
We have Quran in this world to guide us and Sunnah if we follow the footsteps of Holy prophet (peace be upon him) it leads us to jannah, without the Sunnah, we would have been lost and unable to determine if what we are doing is pleasing to Allah or not. The Sunnah saves us from this predicament.
Allah has left the door of repentance open for us for as long as we are alive. When we sincerely repents, Allah promises us in the Quran that all of our previous sins are changed into good deeds, what a gift repentance is, we must be grateful.
“And if you try to count the favors of Allah, you will not be able to number them. Surely, Allah is most forgiving, merciful.”(Quran 16:19)
Hoe to be thankful to Allah:
Probably the best way to thank Allah is to be aware of his presence and his power at all times and in all places and to keep in mind all the favors he has granted to us whether these favors are seen or unseen. For example some of the marvelous favors that he has bestowed upon us are Islam, iman, guidance and righteousness.
A good way to make Allah’s favors dearer to us is to look at those who are lacking them. When we see the patient in the bed, we realize Allah’s favor in giving us good health. When we breathe in air we should be thankful to him. It’s because of him that we are alive and he has given us energy to fulfill our duties. In return of all these favors we should establish prayers, fasts, hajj and good deeds. To guide those who are not in the path of Jannah is another way to say him thanks. When we witness the difficulties suffered by those who are blind, deaf and dumb, we came to realize the importance of our eyes, ears and tongues. All of these favors encourage us to thank Allah and use the blessings that he has given us in obedience to him and not in disobedience.
Allah says that only few of his servants thank him. Let us then strive to be among those few by keeping our tongues wet with his remembrance and our hearts soft with his praise.