Asalamu alaykum! Peace be upon you all! Today’s Mid-Week Motivation is a lesson from a verse I came across in Surah An-Nahl (The Bee). The main focus in this chapter is the blessings Allah has given mankind. Allah says of these blessings:
(18) وَإِنْ تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
“And if you want to count the favors of Allah, you will never be able to number them. Indeed Allah is Forgiving, Merciful” (16:18).
There are so many blessings Allah bestows upon us. There is no way we would ever be able to count each of these gifts! The blessings Allah bestows upon us are not always huge blessings like finding the right spouse or landing the dream job you’ve been making duaa to Allah about. They can be little ones; this includes getting to school on time for your exam after leaving the house late or finding your way after getting lost in an unfamiliar area of the city. Whether big or small, do we show gratitude and thank Allah for these blessings? Sometimes, we take blessings that don’t seem like much for granted. We don’t even acknowledge or notice it.
Yet, we demand gratitude from other people. For example, we become upset when we give someone a gift and they don’t say thank you. We tell ourselves that it will be the last time we give that person a gift. We demand our rights and don’t expect any less. So what about Allah’s rights? How can we show ingratitude to the Creator when we’d never accept that from other people? Yet, Allah forgives us. Right after mentioning the inability of man to count the innumerable blessings He showers upon us in the above verse, Allah reminds us that He is Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem – The Most Forgiving and The All Merciful. How lucky we are!
Alhamdulilah, all praise is to Allah for all blessings! Without these gifts, life would be very difficult indeed. May we always remember to thank Allah for all He gives us and may we stay away from ingratitude. Ameen.