In the Noble Qur’an Allah swt says:
“If you are grateful, I shall certainly give you increase.” Surah Ibrahim: 7
The Qur’an also says that there are signs in the verses for those who reflect. When I first saw this verse I thought subhanAllah, everyday we pray to Allah swt to increase us – whether that’s in tawqa, money, good health etc but do we ever reflect on what is needed on our part to be blessed with increase?
Here are my 5 tips on how to be grateful to Allah swt, so that inshaAllah He swt will bless us with increase.
GRATITUDE TIP ONE: LOOK AROUND YOu
“And it is He who spread the earth and placed therein firmly set mountains and rivers; and from all of the fruits He made therein two mates; He causes the night to cover the day. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” Surah Ar-Rad: 3
Look around you at the creation of Allah swt. Allah swt has created every single bit of this world and knows it like no other, Allahu Akbar! In all of the creations of Allah swt there are signs for those that reflect. That fact that we are breathing right now, without having to think about it, air of the correct composition, is living proof that this universe was divinely created and meticulously planned by something greater than us all, Alhamdulillah.
GRATITUDE TIP TWO: Think of others
If you’re reading this post then inshaAllah you have been blessed. With a safe home, electricity, a place to sit, a computer or laptop and an internet connection. There are some, and we’re all aware of them, that don’t even have a scrap of bread let alone a safe home to eat it in, subhanAllah.
Be grateful that Allah swt has allowed you to live somewhere where we are in no immediate danger, no fear of violence or ill-treatment (for the most part). Think of our brothers and sisters in Gaza, the Central African Republic, Mali, Nigeria, Syria, China and all the other countries that treat Muslims in a disrespectful way. Who even without the luxuries that we are enjoying still praise Allah swt and worship Him swt without fail or loss of imaan. May Allah swt protect them and keep them steadfast, Ameen.
GRATITUDE TIP THREE: Reflect on your life
We all go through troubles in life but subhanAllah, have you ever sat down to thank Allah swt for helping you through that struggle?
We’re all guilty of saying alhamdulillah after a hardship has been overcome but never giving thanks at the time of hardship. Sit down for just 5 minutes, if not longer, and think about all the trials you’ve been through and say alhamdulillah. Allah swt loved you enough to test you and help you through that test when you asked for His swt help. Alhamdulillah.
GRATITUDE TIP FOUR: Read about the Anbiya (Prophets (as)) and their troubles
If you think you’ve got problems, subhanAllah they’re NOTHING compared to what our beloved Anbiya (prophets) had to endure to bring the message to their people. Yunus (as) was swallowed by the whale and burnt by it’s stomach acid, Musa (as) was tried by one of the most evil men of all time (Pharoah), our Prophet Muhammad (saw) had rubbish thrown on him, was mocked when his children died and watched his beloved wife Khadija (as) starve to death because of a boycott!
The sacrifice Rasoolullah (saw) made for us alone is enough for us to feel grateful to Allah swt. Could we have endured the same trials to bring the rest of mankind until the Day of Judgement the message of Islam? I seriously doubt it!
If you want to read more about the Anbiya I have a series on my blog you can find by clicking here.
GRATITUDE TIP FIVE: Trust in Allah swt
The most important tip of them all is to trust in Allah swt. Learn who Allah swt is by memorising his 99 Beautiful Names, read about how He swt loves the creation and forgives us perpetually even when we do the foulest of sins.
Having tawakkul (complete trust in Allah swt) is one of the most important things for growing your imaan and developing gratefulness for the things Allah swt has given you. Even if you make dua for something and it doesn’t happen in this life, Allah swt has made it so that you will receive it in the next or He swt has stopped a hardship from befalling you instead. Who could want anymore?
So those are my 5 tips on being grateful to Allah swt. What’s yours?