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Have You Thanked Allah?
 by Imm Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Taken from "Uddat as-Sbireen wa Dhkirat ash-Shkireen"

Salmn al-Frs radhiyAllahu anhu said:

"There was a man who was given many of the luxuries of this world, and then they were taken away from him. But he continued to praise and thank Allh until everything had been taken from him, even his bed. And then he still praised and thanked Allh. Another man, who had also been given many of the luxuries of this world asked him, 'What are you praising and thanking Allh for?' The man said, 'I am praising and thanking Him for blessings which, if others asked me to give them to them in return for all that they have, I would never give them up.' 'What can they be?' asked the second man. 'Can't you see?' asked the first man. 'I have my eyesight, my tongue, my hands, my feet...'"

Layth ibn Ab Burdah said:

'When Allh gathers people on the Day of Judgement, He will remind them of His blessings. One of His slaves will say: "Remind me of something," and Allh will say: "Remember when you faced such-and-such adversity, and you prayed to Me, so I relieved you of it. Remember when you were travelling in such and-such a place, and you asked Me to give you a travelling companion, and I did so... Remember when you asked for the hand of so-and-so the daughter of so-and-so, and others also asked for her hand, so I gave her to you to marry; and kept the others away." His slave will be standing before his Lord, Who will remind him of His many blessings.'" Then the narrator of this story (Layth) wept and said, "I hope that no one will stand before his Lord in this way, because the one who does so will be punished." (i.e. if Allh has to point out that which should be obvious, this is a sign of a person's ingratitude, and he will be punished.)

A man of knowledge said:

"The blessing of Allh to us in keeping the luxuries of this world away from us is greater than the blessing of that which he has given us, because Allah did not like His Prophet to have the luxuries of this world. So I prefer to live in the manner which Allh preferred for His Prophet than to live a life which He disliked for him."

Ibn Abi'd-Duny said:

"It was narrated to me that some scholars said: 'The scholar should praise Allh for having deprived him of the luxuries of this life, in the same way that he should praise Him for what He has bestowed upon him. How can you compare the blessings and luxuries for which he will be accountable to the deprivation of luxuries which is a relief from being tested, and which keeps his mind free to worship and remember Allh? So he should give thanks to Allh for all of that.'"

A man said to Ab Hzim:

"What is the gratitude of the eyes?" He said, "If you see good things, you speak about them, and if you see bad things, you keep quiet about it." He asked, "What is the gratitude of the ears?" He said, "If you hear something good, you accept it, and if you hear something bad, you reject it." Then he asked, "What is the gratitude of the hands?" He said, "Do not take what which does not belong to you, and do not hold back from paying the dues of Allh (zakt)." Then he asked, "What is the gratitude of the head?" He said: "To have knowledge in it." Then he asked, "What is the gratitude of one's private parts?"

He quoted:

"'Who guard their private parts, except from those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess for (in their case) they are free from blame, but those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors'" (al-Mu'minn 23:5-7).

Ibn Abi'd-Duny mentioned that Dwd (peace be upon Him) asked Allh: "What is the least of Your blessings?" Allh revealed to him: "O Dwd, take a breath." Dwd did so, and Allh told him: "This is the least of My blessings on you."



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