5 Practical Gratitude Tips for Muslims

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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.
Christal Joan: 5 Practical Gratitude Tips for Muslims. Allah swt tells us in the Qur'an that if we are grateful He will surely increase us. But how do we increase in gratitude? Read the article and find out!

GRATITUDE TIP ONE: LOOK AROUND YOu

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“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

Christal Joan: Gratitude Tio One Look Around You taken from my 5 Practical Gratitude Tips for Muslims on christaljoan.com

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

 

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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.

 

Christal Joan: Gratitude Tip Three - Reflect on Your Life taken from 5 Practical Gratitude Tips for Muslims on christaljoan.com

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?

 

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18 thoughts on “5 Practical Gratitude Tips for Muslims

  1. Fozia S says:

    JazakAllah Khair for sharing your tips. It is so easy for people to forget that they have so much to be grateful for and just focus on anything negative that may be happening.

    • Christal Joan says:

      Wa iyyaki sis. It is so easy but not so easy to put gratitude into practice. If it was everyone would be doing it. That’s where the real test from Allah swt lies

  2. Aisha says:

    This was a very good read. All tips i try to imbibe into my life. Looking around us even on social media helps us see how good we have it but sometimes we only see how bad we have it and we dont need that a lot of the time. May allah make us amongst His grateful slaves. Amin

    • Christal Joan says:

      Ameen sis. It’s a double edged sword with social media sometimes. It can be so inspiring but so disheartening at the same time but alhamdulillah.

  3. Marriam Sayed(Foodeva Marsay) says:

    Well Written, and easy to understand. We take lots for granted in life, and Forget how to be grateful, for all the little things, good or bad. Shukran for sharing these insightful tips, and May we each strive to bring more gratitude into our lives, ameen.

  4. Multicultural Motherhood says:

    Some great tips here. I think in this digital age it can be easy to compare yourself to others who have more and this can make people ungrateful for what they have. But if you just think of others who are less fortunate than yourself you will realise how much you really have. #MuslimahBloggers

    • Christal Joan says:

      Very true sis. It’s from our religion to think and make dua for those who are less fortunate to increase ourselves in gratitude. may Allah swt make it easy for us to do so, Ameen

  5. Carla says:

    Mashaa Allah, I really love this post, particularly about your point about thinking of others. All of your points are so true and important, but it is embarrassing how quick we can be to complain when there are so many people suffering and in comparison we have the whole world. May Allah reward you and place barakah in your work <3

    • Christal Joan says:

      Ameen sis and wa iyyaki. SubhanAllah it can be so embarrassing but as the hadith goes the heart of the son of Adam is like a boiling pot. By natural we’re unstable beings. The test is in training the nafs to not be like that 🙂

  6. Chelsea says:

    These are such great tips sis. Gratitude sounds like such an easy concept, and in hindsight it really is, but sunhan’Allah it can be really hard to practice, especially when facing difficulties. We just need to take a deep breath and reflect!

    • Christal Joan says:

      It notoriously sounds easy but sometimes it’s so incredibly hard! That must be why Allah swt increases us after we show it because He understands the struggle in getting to the point where gratitude is an attitude and not just a phase

  7. Iman says:

    I felt like I could totally picture you delivering this advice (thanks IG stories!) and it is so beneficial – loving the GIFs! and missing your IG stories – please do more! 🙂

    • Christal Joan says:

      Aww jazakillahu khayrun sis. I know I need to get back on it with the insta stories insha Allah. I didn’t realise how much I liked using the GIFs! I loved your planner video as well by the way, lots of food for thought for me insha Allah

  8. Umme Hafsa says:

    Such great tips mashaAllah. I really like point no.2 as with social media it’s so easy to do the opposite and forget that we all have soo much to be immensely grateful to Allah for 💗

    • Christal Joan says:

      Jazakillahu khayrun sis. Don’t get me wrong I love social media but even I take a few days break sometimes just to clear my head. Really love the work you’re doing masha Allah

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