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Friday, November 4, 2011

Blessings Of Allah

All praise is due to Allah alone who perfectly controls everything. May He send salutations and exalt the mention of the warner and the bringer of glad tidings our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe wasallam, his family and all his companions.

Allah is full of love and kindness to His creation. All blessings and goodness in this world and the next are clear proofs of His Mercy and blessings.

Throughout life, people continually receive Allah’s blessings, be it good health, sight, hearing, nourishment, clean air, children, wealth and countless others. Some use their God given gifts of intelligence and reasoning to acknolwedge these blessings graps the purpose of their existence, and thereby submit themselves to Allah. Others, however, do not appreciate the mercy of Allah towards their own selves even though He feeds and sustains them despite their disobedience towards Him.

Allah said in QurĂ¡n: And He gave you all that you asked for, and if you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily, man is indeed an extreme wrongdoer, a disbeliever , an ingrate who denies Allah’s Blessings by disbelief and by worshipping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe wasallam (Ibraheem 14:34)

People who have acknowledged His blessings and favours; used them in a way which pleases God; spent their God given wealth in charity and to look after the needy, employed their hands to care for ophans, utilized their gift of speech to speak good and performed other honourable acts ordained by God, therefore, they have received more of Allah’s mercy and blessings.

The Muslim is always asking his Lord to help him to give thanks to Him, because were it not for Allah’s helping His slaves, he would not be able to give thanks. Hence it is prescribe in the Saheeh Sunnah to ask for help from Allah to give thanks to Him.

Muslim relates the following hadith from Suhayb, radhiallahu `anhu, "The affairs of a believer are astonishing, and are all good; this is something which is true of him alone. For when something good comes to him he gives thanks, while when something bad comes he is steadfast, which is good for him also."

Gratitute for blessings is a cause of them being increased. His gratitute should fulfill all the necessary conditions, which are gratitute of the heart, gratitute of the tongue and gratitute of the physical faculties.

Ibn al Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Gratitute may be in the heart, in submission and humility, on the tongue, in praise and acknowledgement and in the physical faculties, by means of obedience and submission.

Hence some salaf said: Whoever conceals a blessing has denied it, but whoever manifests it and spreads it has given thanks for it.

Abu’l-Hasan al-Kindi recited the following lines:
If you have been given blessings, then look after them for sins do away with blessings.

Al-Junayd said, "I once heard al-Sari saying, ‘Because to give thanks for blessings is itself a blessing, one can never cease to give thanks."

The servant is always in the blessings of Allah which necessitate thankfulness, and in sinfulness which requires seeking forgiveness. Both of these matters are required and essential for the servant at all times, as the servant does not cease to alternate between Allaah's (various) favors and blessings, and does not cease to be in need of repentance and seeking forgiveness.

In conclusion, know that we had nothing before the blessing and we'll have nothing after it. Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you deny?

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