Why must we thank Allah?

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Bismillah ir rahman ir’rahim.

Allah is not a stranger. Therefore, to think or question “why must we thank Allah” is a blessing in disguise.

We hope that reading through the article you don’t only find your answer but also look at your relationship with Allah in a far serious way, Insha’Allah. Let’s dive deep into the root of why this question may have come to your mind.

A Mother’s love and protection:

If you don’t know why to thank Allah, probably it’s because you’re not aware of His divine role in your life with all His magnificence, greatness and love. Rahma is Allah’s quality; which is oftentimes read as mercy, but in the Arabic language, it’s derived rom the root word “Raham” which means a mother’s womb.

What does a mother’s womb do to a child? It gives him/her a safe place to grow, be fed, develop into a whole; it protects the child. Allah named himself Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim many times in different places of the Quran. It shows that Allah is already extremely protective, and loving to His creation.

In a famous Hadith, a heartfelt scene was witnessed by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) and His Companions. Looking at that the Prophet of Islam asked his Companions: “Do you think that this woman would throw her child in the fire?” And they said, “No, by Allah she would not, if she is able not to.” He ﷺ then said, “Allah the Exalted is more merciful with His slave than this woman with her child.” (Bukhari)

The King of the Kings!

Today the Science witness universe expanding day by day, and He says in the Quran: We built the universe with ˹great˺ might, and We are certainly expanding ˹it˺. (51:47)

Why should we not Thank Allah for all His Mercy and Love in spite of Him being the King of the heavens and earth? He is the King of the Kings; There is No one like Him. Allah keeps on reminding us about his Mercy in the Quran, and we witness it in our daily lives; When He heals us after we fall ill, When He forgives us after we transgress His laws, He places peace in our hearts after we call upon him; in spite of watching us shamelessly sin.

Allah is the most gracious and tolerant with us. All Praise and thanks belongs to Him!

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From the Arabic word “Raham” two names of Allah (Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim) were derived by Him. They have bedn explained by many scholars as such;

Ar Rahman:

Ar-Rahman refers to Allah’s quality, which expresses his ability to remain merciful for all his creation. He gives happiness, and success to all humankind regardless of them believing in the truth or not. It’s in Allah’s nature to shower mercy because He is Ar Rahman. His mercy is spread over the whole universe, and everything that is within it.

All the bounties of the physical world are equally enjoyed by all his creations whether believers or non-believers.

Therefore, when someone out of ignorance steps out of Islam, become atheist or agnostic; Allah still does not stop sending his mercy to that person. His life keeps on working smoothly on the surface while deep inside the light of guidance is lost — all that to his personal loss. Allah does not stop giving him food; He does not withhold all the comforts and happiness destined to that person exclusive of that he might enjoy while staying among the believers. Rehma is in Allah’s nature; He is that loving and merciful.

Read these verses for better understanding of Allah’s name — Ar Rahman.

“Ar Rahman. [He, who] taught the Qur’an. [He] Created Humanity. [and] taught them speech. The sun and the moon [move] by precise calculation. And the stars and trees prostrate. And the heaven He raised and imposed the balance. That you do not transgress within the balance. And establish weight in justice and do not make deficient the balance. He laid out the earth for all beings. Therein is fruit and palm trees having sheaths [of dates]. And grain with husks, and aromatic plants. So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” (Qur’an, 55:13)

“He who created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six days and then established Himself above the Throne – the Most Merciful (ar-Rahman), so ask about Him one well informed.” (Qur’an, 25:59)

“And out of His mercy He made for you the night and the day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful,” (Qur’an, 28:73)

Ar Rahim:

Ar-Rahim on the other hand is Allah’s quality which only surrounds the believers. It’s Allah’s special side that is shown to those who stay on the right path. The meaning of Ar Rahim from the Arabic language and narrative explains Allah’s ability to become kind, tender, gentle and merciful for the believers.

As a mother handles his unborn child delicately and with much love; Allah deals with the believers — those who recognize him in whole truthfulness and strive to remain close to him —with much greater love and tenderness. When Allah calls himself Ar Rahim; He takes care of the believers’ affairs in the world, outpours His mercy unto them, nourishes their souls, guides them to His light, and leads all that benefits them. Allah ta’lah is different with the believers because He knows their struggles and love.

Read these verses for better understanding of Allah’s name — Ar Rahim.

“He is the One Who showers His blessings upon you—and His angels pray for you—so that He may bring you out of darkness and into the light. For He is ever Merciful to the believers.” — (Qur’an 33:43)

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Quran 39:53)

Also Read: If Allah Loves me why He gives me pain?

Why we must not thank Allah when His mercy is so evident in your life? As believers we all are enjoying Allah’s both sides. His powerful nature of being all merciful and His loving nature to outpour mercy to those who has his Mari’fat (Recognition).

Recognition of Allah’s Mercy:

Can you picture yourself walking without feet? Or even struggling to grab a glass of water like that? Is it okay for you to watch TV in the comfort of your home while millions of muslims are thrown out of their own homes? If It’s a difficulty put to test the believers; You could have been chosen to perform it too but Allah’s mercy embraced you and your family.

Should it be fine for you to relish delicious food and drink clean water at night while some far off from your neighborhood, are striving to sleep? Is it a tiny thing to have the ability to see? Is it ordinary just to breathe while sickness and disease has made it difficult for others.

Is it okay to complain about your office job while some are doing extensive hard labour under extremely hot and cold weather all day for a low daily wage? Start counting your blessings. There is so much to thank Allah for. You are surrounded by Allah’s mercy. So what if few things went wrong; there must be something good for you behind it.

Be grateful. Look within yourself what abilities, qualities and blessings Allah have endowed you with. Life is not designed the same way for everyone. We all have different tests. When you recognize Allah’s mercy unto you, you start to appreciate the simple things in life. Your heart becomes soft and kind towards fellow beings too. You start to use all your abilities for the right causes and serve humanity. You become more grateful and live a happy life.

Sources to recognize Allah’s Mercy:

1. Make a journal and write in it time to time. When Allah ta’la blesses you with something good, or that you have always wanted and prayed for – write it down! You can use any notepad app or mobile dairy for this purpose too.

2. Read Qur’an with a translation that is into your native language. The Holy Qur’an connects with us on a personal level. While reading the book of God there are places when we are reminded by His apparent blessings and mercy in our lives.

3. Ponder over the authentic Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. There are about forty hadith e qudsi that are directed to Allah’s ta’lah and they contain great wisdom and love of the Almighty.

4. Sit with the elders, poor and those whose hearts are attached to Allah. Such people are the most grateful; they when eat sit, stand or sleep thanks Allah.

Thanks Allah for Everything!

  • Thanks Allah for the beauty of nature. He decorated the earth for you, so you contemplate over His signs, and cherish the love of your creator.
  • Thanks Allah for you have been born into a Muslim family. He sent you to a Muslim household because He knew that you surely possess the ability to uplift and glorify your Religion – Islam. He introduced you to the light of the Quran through it, and saved you from idolatry or worshipping false gods.
  • Thanks Allah for He gave you all five senses. You have the ability to speak, hear, smell, taste and see. You aren’t put to the test to face any kind of physical dependency on people for ordinary choirs of your life.
  • Thanks Allah for He chose a loving family for you. They smile seeing you smile and your sadness is alarming for them as well [A little conflict always exist in all families, don’t permit your negative thoughts to put a veil before your eyes. Let it not hide the beauty of your Family relationship].
  • Thanks Allah for a home. You have not had to face the struggles and make sacrifices like those, who were displaced from their own homes [We Pray for the Muslims of Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Maynmar etc]. According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), 45.7 million Muslims were displaced within their own home countries as per 2019’s report.
  • Thanks Allah for He kept a sense of good and evil in you. Be Grateful to Him that He always helps you overcoming your nafs ul ammarah and lawwamah (desiring and regretful self). Therefore, When evil knocks at your heart; you try your best to prevent yourself from doing it.
  • Thanks Allah for He made you mentally strong. You can contemplate, calculate and make sound decisions about your life. Be grateful to Him that your thoughts don’t collapse due to any mental ailment.
  • Thanks Allah for His doors of repentance is always open. He does not disown you like the world instead when you feel guilty for your wrongful choices, He still embraces you.
  • Thanks Allah for the food on your table. The economic breakdown due to Covid 19 didn’t deprive you from the daily three time meals.
  • Thanks Allah for He provided sources for your education. You’re intellectually able to answer your own queries. You can write and convey your thoughts to the world. You can understand and give solutions to world problems.
  • Thanks Allah even for the bad events in your life. These adverse situations entered your life with great lessons; if you only sit back and analyse. These hard tests were there to teach you something, and to check your credibility.
  • Thanks Allah for Everything!

Difficulties and deprivations are tests for us.

The Prophet Suleman aley is salam said;

This is by the grace of my Lord! – to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is free of all needs, Supreme in honour!”(Surah an-Naml 27:40)

Difficulties and deprivations are tests for us.

Gratitude improves your Psychological Health.

He knows all that occurs within yourself and He already knows what you’re going to say, even before you say it. He knows what is in every heart (67:13).

No leaf falls but he knows it (6:59). However, You should still convey your feelings to Allah. This is how you achieve tranquility and serenity.

Over the time many health psychologists have explained their researches saying: Gratitude helps improving a person’s mood. People who are grateful for their share in the universe at hand are more happier and psychologically healthier; they overcome the feelings of resentment, jealousy and anxiety or depression arising from inferiority complex. Say Allhumdillah!

Conclusion:

We must thank Allah for all the big and tiny, important and trivial things of life. We must be grateful for all the good and bad events, easy and hard tests because they helped us open our eyes to the reality. The king of all the kings is near to us, listens our invocations and guide us. He showers mercy like a mother; protects and gives opportunities to grow. Our already made ideas of life, and thoughts of falsehood put a veil before our eyes. Life is beyond living and death. Be grateful for the new opportunities and open doors that takes you near to him.

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