“So remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful to Me and do not you disbelieve in Me”. 2:152
“And indeed! We gave Luqman the wisdom that of being grateful to Allah; whereas whoever is grateful is but grateful for the good of oneself; whereas whoever disbelieves then truly Allah is rich praiseworthy”. 31:12
Across America the fourth Thursday of November is honored as a moral and spiritual day. Morally giving back the blessings bestowed on some over others and spiritual acknowledging the blessings bestowed on some over others. The message this day expresses is not religiously based yet we all are at our best remembering and reminding one another about the importance of the days’ essence.
“Shukran” thanks, we say this often, especially when we are receipients acknowledging the receipt of favors. Gratitude is a very strong character in Islam, a quality tied closely to our ibadah, our worship. Allah has clearly exemplified the quality of giving thanks in His prophets: Prophet Noah (17:3) …..behold, Noah was a most grateful servant of Ours!.
Shukr is a very important principle in Islam. It is a quality of the believers and it is a source of all goodness. Shukr is used in the Quran sometimes as equivalent to faith. The faithful are thankful people and the unfaithful are ungrateful people. Allah has described His Prophets and Messengers among those who were thankful people. Prophet Noah was a grateful servant of Allah (Quran 17:3). Prophet Abraham used to thank Allah for His many blessings (Quran 16:121). Prophet David and his family were told to be grateful to Allah (Quran 34:13). Allah told His Prophet Muhammad: Nay, but worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks. (Quran 39:66)
Allah also promised: Nor can a soul die except by Allah's leave, the term being fixed as by writing. If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any do desire a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those that who are thankful. (Quran 3:145)
In Islam thanksgiving is not only a particular religious act or service; it is the whole life. The whole life should be lived in obedience to our Ultimate Benefactor, Allah ￼. God has been good to us and so in our thankfulness we should worship Him, obey His commands and orders. Our daily prayers, our fasting during Ramadan, our Zakat and Hajj are all our acts of thanksgiving. We should do them not only as duties that must be performed but as our gratitude to our Lord and Creator.
Furthermore we should remind ourselves that we are constantly under Allah's favors and blessings.