So Ungrateful…

14 07 2007

It is undeniabley our human nature to be ungrateful. It seems that as the blessings pile up in our lives we are always looking for more. The desire for more sends us into a feverish competition, striving hard, often forgetting the blessings we have already accumulated.  Blessings so simple to us but yet to someone in the world so coveted.

 We take for granted that we have homes while there are many homeless to be found around the world suffering in the extreme heat and bitterly cold winters. We take comfort in having enough food and water to sustain us while there are those in the world who go to bed night after night hungry while watching their malnourished children slowly die. Often ,we are caught up in the latest clothing while many are reduced to wearing ripped tattered rags.  We have peace of mind that we have found the best religioin and enjoy living our way of life while there are others searching desperatley for the truth and their  purpose in life. 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) feared this trial of wealth and ease so much that he warned his companions:

Amr bin `Auf Al-Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sent Abu `Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah (May Allah be pleased with him) to Bahrain to collect (Jizyah). So he returned from Bahrain with wealth. The Ansar got news of it and joined with the Prophet (PBUH) in the Fajr prayer. When the Prophet (PBUH) concluded the prayer, they stood in his way. When he saw them, he smiled and said, “I think you have heard about the arrival of Abu `Ubaidah with something from Bahrain”. They said, “Yes! O Messenger of Allah!”. He (PBUH) said, “Rejoice and hope for that which will please you. By Allah, it is not poverty that I fear for you, but I fear that this world will be opened up with its wealth for you as it was opened to those before you; and you vie with one another over it as they did and eventually it will ruin you as it ruined them”.
[Muslim].

All the things we have, All the blessings we have earned been given seem to pale in comparision when we look to those above us. Though, if we may lower our noses, just a tad and look to those below us, we may find ourselves being more grateful for what we do have rather than pining for that which we do not possess.

Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.  
(  سورة البقرة  , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse 152)

And if We give man a taste of Mercy from Us, and then withdraw it from him, verily! He is despairing, ungrateful.  
(  سورة هود  , Hud, Chapter #11, Verse #9)

So (as a result of that ) they deny (with ungratefulness) that (Allahs Favours) which We have bestowed on them! Then enjoy yourselves (your short stay), but you will come to know (with regrets).  
(  سورة النحل  , An-Nahl, Chapter #16, Verse #55)


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14 07 2007
ummabdurrahman

As Salaamu Alaikum Sis:

Yes, I could not agree more with your entry. Just this last week, we had an experieince that can reflect what you just wrote. Alhmdulillah, there are so many verses in the Quran that we can associate to. My favorite one is as follows:

This is by the Grace of my Lord-to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for himself; and whoever is ungrateful, (it is for the loss of only himself). Certainly my Lord is Rich, Bountiful.” (27:40)

14 07 2007
kekasihsetia

Assalamu ‘alaikum,

Beautiful post. We all need reminders like this from time to time. We have so much to say Alhamdulilah for if only we knew.

Reminds me of a saying about the man without shoes who was bemoaning his condition untill he met the man without legs. That instantly shut him up. For he knew despite his dissatisfation, his situation was much better.

PS. I deleted my blog. I’ll let you know my new address when I set it up, insha Allah.

14 07 2007
Umm Yusuf

Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sisters,

Yes, we do have so much to be thankful for. Kekasihsetia, insh’Allah I will look forward to recieving your new blog adress.🙂 I remember my geometry teacher in highschool had that parable taped to her door. Very inspiring.

I have been going through some issues in my life and yesterday this just dawned on me. I felt terrible for having a pity party when there are millions of people in far worse situations than myself.

Thanks Blanca for the ayat. Truly beautiful reminder.

May Allah make us all grateful slaves of His. ameen.

15 07 2007
umm maymoonah

JazakAllah khair umm yusuf.

16 07 2007
hema

indeed.
whenever i am feeling unhappy or sad i remind myself of this. i know it is easier said than done,but it rea–lly does help out things into perspective. xx

16 07 2007
adikbongsu

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtu,

a gud reminder sis…there’s a saying that encourage us to always look at those who are worst off than us, so that we can be thankful and look up to those who are better off than us, so that we can strive to be better….

syukran ya ukhti… 🙂

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