On Giving Thanks to Allah

In chapter 27, verse 41 of the Quran, we read, “‘… And whosoever is grateful is grateful for the good of his own soul; but whosoever is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Self- Sufficient, Generous.’”

In chapter 40, verse 62 of the Quran, we read, “It is Allah Who has made the night for you that you may rest therein, and the day to enable you to see. Verily, Allah is the Lord of bounty for mankind, yet most men are ungrateful.”

In chapter 2, verse 153 of the Quran, Allah says, “Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you; and be thankful to Me and do not be ungrateful to Me.”

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Here are a number of verses from the Quran, reinforcing our lack of gratitude to Allah by repeating the same phrase:  قَلِيلًا مَا تَشْكُرُونَ

  • “And We have established you in the earth and provided for you therein the means of subsistence. How little thanks you give!(7:11)
  • “And He it is Who has created for you ears, and eyes, and hearts; but little thanks do you give.” (23:79)
  • “Then He fashioned him and breathed into him of His spirit. And He has given you ears, and eyes, and hearts. But little thanks do you give!” (32:10)
  • “Say, ‘He it is Who brought you into being, and made for you ears and eyes and hearts; but little thanks do you give.’” (67:24)

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “The one who does not give thanks for a small blessing will not give thanks for a great blessing, and the one who does not give thanks to people will not give thanks to Allah.” This hadith is found in Abu Dawud. So we must show as-shukr towards Allah through direct prayers, and towards his creations as another form of worship.

Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet, peace be upon him, once said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah.” This hadith is found in Tirmidhi.

Huzoor (aba) gave a Friday sermon on true gratitude to Allah in July 2012.

At the West Coast Jalsa in 2011, Nasim Rehmatullah spoke about how Islam is rooted in gratitude.

National Tarbiyat Secretary Faheem Younus wrote an article for HuffPost about his Thanksgivings as an American Muslim. “Let’s thank our beautiful country, let’s thank our living constitution, and let’s thank the people around us. Only then can we truly thank God.

Sister Sadia Faruqi wrote a piece recently about her Thanksgiving journey as an American Muslim. “I overheard my daughter ask my son, older by three years, what Thanksgiving was, and he replied ‘Don’t ask mom about Thanksgiving. We’re Muslims, we don’t celebrate it.’ …He had become so used to not participating in holidays his friends were excited about, that he had assumed Thanksgiving would be no different.”

In 2010, Central Jersey Jama’at held a Thanksgiving Interfaith Session.

Also, on another note, there’s apparently a woman named “Happy Thanksgiving.” Seriously. That’s her name. So…happy thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!

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