Sunday, 10 November 2019

A Moment of Gratitude

Alhamdulillah we go about our daily lives without a second thought when everything is good: our children are safe and well, we have a roof over our heads, our spouse is kind and our bellies are full.  All blessings and all taken for granted until something goes wrong and then we are upset and angry and wonder why Allah SWT is letting this happen to us.

Sometimes a moment to reflect on all that we are blessed with can leave us feeling full, loved and contented – to have so much, to be safe, to be whole alhamdulillah. I needed to take that moment today after I have been brooding over something for the the lat three days that I can't "think positive" my way out of.  I found today that a moment of reflection on what is good helped put my anxiety in perspective.

A spouse who is kind and thoughtful in a world that seems rife with loneliness, marriage breakdown and divorce.  Suddenly their flaws seem petty as do your complaints.

My children test me the most of any thing in this world I think.  But they are safe where I can see them and have all that they need (according to me, not them 😊) in a world where many children do not see a childhood.

I am most of all grateful for my faith and how it brings balance to my life and helps me find a way back to peace and acting from love when I feel lost or hurt

I pray that Allah (SWT) makes me grateful, that gratefulness to him settles into my bones so that it becomes a way of being an thinking for me insh’Allah.

"If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more" ~ Quran 14:7.

" And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self" ~ Quran 31:12.

" If you are grateful, He is pleased with you..." ~ Quran 39:7

Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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."



1 comment:

  1. This is so beautiful and such a wonderful reminder!
    What you said is so true, when we look around ourselves there are so, so many blessing that Allah has given us. It is only when these blessing are taken away that we see the magnitude of what Allah has given us.
    I also thought it was interesting that the hadith you posted mentions an "ensuring body" to withstand trials, which I think tells us that we are going to go through trials and hardships, and there's no way around it. But we should go through it whilst remembering Allah swt.

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