How to Develop An Attitude for Gratitude

Assalamu-Alaikum,

“And Allah has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and intellect that perhaps you would be grateful.” – Surah Nahl, Ayah 78

Alhumdulilah, recently I hurt my foot and it made me realize how important each body part is. My initial reaction was anger but I soon after I remembered the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (S) when he said:

“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”

It’s true, you don’t truly appreciate what you have until you lose it and when life is going consistently well, we may become susceptible to take what we have for granted.

And from time to time, Allah (swt) will test us we can respond to these tribulations hopefully with deep reflection and positive change. In others words, it should bring us closer to him. More precisely, as believers we should have an Attitude for Gratitude.

What you don’t want to develop is a habit of turning to Allah (swt) only in difficult times. Allah (swt) is worthy of gratitude in every instance and breath of your life and it’s important to stay conscious of this. It’s easy to recognize what you don’t have in life, but when we all recognize what we have, it will allow us to stay content and appreciative.

The most important point to remember is that Allah (swt) dosen’t need us at all, we need him! Which is exactly why we should be thanking him for everything he as given us.

5 Ways to Show Gratitude to Allah (SWT)

  1. Pray Your Salat – This is the most important obligation as a Muslim. Allah (swt) has given us so much and in return he commands that we pray at least at the minimum of 5 times a day. If you happen to miss any salats, make sure you make them up.
  2. Give Sadaqa – There are people in the world who have far less than they need. One of the ways to thank Allah (swt) is to share the blessings he’s given you with other people such as orphans, homeless, etc.
  3. Du’a – There is a du’a for just about everything in life. Whether it’s putting on new clothes or waking up from sleep, the ability to remember Allah (swt) throughout the day shows that Allah (swt) is at the center of your life.
  4. Thank others – No one is completely independent in life. We seek help from others and in return Allah (swt) enables them do so. It’s important you thank anyone that offers assistance and help because Prophet Muhammad (S) said: “He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.” (Sunan, Abu Dawud)
  5. Live for Allah swt – It’s difficult in a world where there are constant tribulations and fitnah, but as long as you cling to the Deen, Qur’an and Sunnah you will always find your relationship with Allah (swt) constantly improving or renewed.

Conclusion

Allah (swt) makes it clear in the Qu’ran how important giving gratitude to him is when he says “If you give thanks, I shall certainly increase you (in favor)” (Quran 14:7).

Often times we hear people say “I’m too blessed to be stressed”, this essentially captures the state of mind or attitude of how a slave of Allah swt should internalize and display in character.

Because in reality, we’re all too blessed to be stressed no matter how hard life gets for us on an individual level. “So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” (Surah Rahman: Ayah 13)

May Allah swt give us the strength and guidance to be conscious believers who are grateful to him. If you have any more suggestions on gratitude, please share them below. Oh and keep me in your dua’s, Jazaka’Allah Khair =)

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18 Responses to How to Develop An Attitude for Gratitude

  1. Nadia April 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I like that saying “I’m too blessed to be stressed.” Although it’s totally natural to feel some stress. We should never deny ourselves any feeling but like you said we should also be grateful and take notice of all that we are given.

  2. Saad April 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Thanks Sr. Nadia. That's a great point, feeling stress is natural. I guess being grateful and optimistic helps channel that stress the right way.

  3. Rahima April 4, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Salaams! This is an excellent post! Reminds me of a something I wrote;

    This morning I woke up and I felt like I had nothing. Then I remembered to be thankful to Allah for the food I eat and the air I breathe. So I did have something. Then I remembered to be thankful to Allah for giving me my family and friends. So I did have something. Then I remembered to be thankful to Allah for my voice, my sight and my mind. So I did have something. Then I remembered to be thankful to Allah for every moment of my life. So I did have something. Then I remembered to be thankful to Allah for giving me faith and giving me Islam. So really, I have everything. SubhanAllah!

  4. @bobbyV_89 April 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    invaluable advice. mashAllah.

  5. A Friend April 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Please help a Muslim Brit in Thailand Bangkok KLONG PREM ?PRISON PETER DARREN CHECKLEY DAN-5 will die soon. ?i am a close friend to Peter he is very well ?liked. he is doing a life sentence of which he ?has now done 4 years. he has no visits no letters ?he is all alone. the britsh embassy comes to see ?him from time to time but Peter does not.go to ?see them. he realy is inocent and has the prof in ?black and white stamped by the big police in ?Chanthaburi. the English Embassy have a copy and ?say yes we can see he is inocent and the British ?Goverment says the same. but do not do a thing to ?help. many of us here can easyly see by the ?paperwork PETER DARREN CHECKLEY has he should ?never be here. his been in Thailand over 20 years ?never been in trouble has wife children bessness ?but all lost and gone. Please help him if only to ?get his side heared i have been asked by 22 ?prisoners to beg you to help. A man should not ?die like this not when he is inocent. even the ?Thai Law its writon its better to let go 10 ?gilty men than to put one inocent man in prison. ?well Peter is that one inocent man.
    I AM NOT ASKING FOR OR WOULD HE WANT MONEY. JUST NEEDS TO BE HEARD.

  6. Blessed Muslimah @ Feel Islam April 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Maa-Shaa-Allah! Beautiful article- very crisp and thoughtfully formulated. Sharing into our FB page wall. May Allah bless!

  7. Saad April 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Alhumdulilah, thank you everyone.

  8. faisal April 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    masya-Allah,I love this article. it;s totally bring peace in my heart while at the moment, i;ve too many thing to think about..thank saad

  9. Holy Quran Online April 19, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Excellent post. I love to read this. You shared extensive information with us. 
    We have to develop attitude which may lead to express Thanks on the blessings of Allah Almighty. It is real important for an individual to get the guidance of Allah Almighty to submit God with His features and say thanks for the establishment of marvelous universe.
     

  10. ML May 14, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Saad your article is really an eye opener! I personally feel that we’re lucky to be born in this day and age where technology is so fast moving, And in just a click we can be in touch with the whole world. I even experience that with my religious practising these days and engage with all my friends living around the globe through this http://bit.ly/JgcA7w

  11. yousuf June 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    salammm…nice post

  12. Shahana November 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    oh my God ! why dont i feel this gratitude in my heart. no wonder im frequently suffering from depression . what am i missing that i should realize…….

  13. shazna April 14, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Alhamdulillah! brother ur writings really inspires me :)…May ALLAH grant u jannah INSHAALLAH….AMEEN!

  14. Saad May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Alhumdulilah, thank you.

  15. Abdul Basit June 5, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    Teachings of Islam

    The foundation of the Islaamic faith is belief in the Unity of Allah.

    This means to believe that there is only one Creator and Sustainer of everything in the Universe, and that nothing is divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Him.

    Truly believing in the Unity of God means much more than simply believing that there is “One God” – as opposed to two, three or four.

    There are a number of religions that claim belief in “One God” and believe that ultimately there is only one Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Islaam, however, not only insists on this, but also rejects using such words as “Lord” and “Saviour” for anyone besides Almighty God. Islaam also rejects the use of all intermediaries between God and Man, and insists that people approach God directly and reserve all worship for Him alone. Muslims believe that Almighty God is Compassionate, Loving and Merciful.

    The essence of falsehood is the claim that God cannot deal with and forgive His creatures directly. By over-emphasising the burden of sin, as well as claiming that God cannot forgive you directly, false religions seek to get people to despair of the Mercy of God. Once they are convinced that they cannot approach God directly, people can be mislead into turning to false gods for help. These “false gods” can take various forms, such as saints, angels, or someone who is believed to be the “Son of God” or “God Incarnate”. In almost all cases, people who worship, pray to or seek help from a false god don’t consider it to be, or call it, a “god”. They claim belief in One Supreme God, but claim that they pray to and worship others beside God only to get closer to Him. In Islaam, there is a clear distinction between the Creator and the created. There is no ambiguity in divinity – anything that is created is not deserving of worship and only the Creator is worthy of being worshipped. Some religions falsely believe that God has become part of His creation, and this has led people to believe that they can worship something created in order to reach their Creator.

    Muslims believe that even though God is Unique and beyond comprehension – He has no “Son”, partners or associates. According to Muslim belief, Almighty God “does not beget nor was He begotten” – neither literally, allegorically, metaphorically, physically or metaphysically – He is Absolutely Unique and Eternal. He is in control of everything and is perfectly capable of bestowing His infinite Mercy and Forgiveness to whomever He chooses. That is why is called the All-Powerful and Most-Merciful. Almighty God has created the Universe for man, and as such wants the best for all human beings. Muslims see everything in the Universe as a sign of the Creatorship and Benevolence of Almighty God. Also, the belief in the Unity of God is not merely a metaphysical concept. It is a dynamic belief that effects ones view of humanity, society and all aspects of life. As a logical corollary to the Islaamic belief in the Oneness of God, is its belief in the oneness of mankind and humanity.

  16. Abdul Basit June 5, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Teachings of Islam

    The foundation of the Islaamic faith is belief in the Unity of Allah.

    This means to believe that there is only one Creator and Sustainer of everything in the Universe, and that nothing is divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Him.

    Truly believing in the Unity of God means much more than simply believing that there is “One God” – as opposed to two, three or four.

    There are a number of religions that claim belief in “One God” and believe that ultimately there is only one Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Islaam, however, not only insists on this, but also rejects using such words as “Lord” and “Saviour” for anyone besides Almighty God. Islaam also rejects the use of all intermediaries between God and Man, and insists that people approach God directly and reserve all worship for Him alone. Muslims believe that Almighty God is Compassionate, Loving and Merciful.

    The essence of falsehood is the claim that God cannot deal with and forgive His creatures directly. By over-emphasising the burden of sin, as well as claiming that God cannot forgive you directly, false religions seek to get people to despair of the Mercy of God. Once they are convinced that they cannot approach God directly, people can be mislead into turning to false gods for help. These “false gods” can take various forms, such as saints, angels, or someone who is believed to be the “Son of God” or “God Incarnate”. In almost all cases, people who worship, pray to or seek help from a false god don’t consider it to be, or call it, a “god”. They claim belief in One Supreme God, but claim that they pray to and worship others beside God only to get closer to Him. In Islaam, there is a clear distinction between the Creator and the created. There is no ambiguity in divinity – anything that is created is not deserving of worship and only the Creator is worthy of being worshipped. Some religions falsely believe that God has become part of His creation, and this has led people to believe that they can worship something created in order to reach their Creator.

    Muslims believe that even though God is Unique and beyond comprehension – He has no “Son”, partners or associates. According to Muslim belief, Almighty God “does not beget nor was He begotten” – neither literally, allegorically, metaphorically, physically or metaphysically – He is Absolutely Unique and Eternal. He is in control of everything and is perfectly capable of bestowing His infinite Mercy and Forgiveness to whomever He chooses. That is why is called the All-Powerful and Most-Merciful. Almighty God has created the Universe for man, and as such wants the best for all human beings. Muslims see everything in the Universe as a sign of the Creatorship and Benevolence of Almighty God. Also, the belief in the Unity of God is not merely a metaphysical concept. It is a dynamic belief that effects ones view of humanity, society and all aspects of life. As a logical corollary to the Islaamic belief in the Oneness of God, is its belief in the oneness of mankind and humanity.

    http://www.learnquraan.co.uk

  17. Quran Reading August 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    great post. jazakallah

  18. Online Quran Academy August 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    realy inspired post..

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