The Gravity of Gratefulness
Contentment: a concept so simple yet so foreign to many of us. Our lives revolve around having the newest and best, whether it be a smartphone, laptop, video game console, or even clothes; the list goes on and on. Although it may sound like something you’ve heard frequently and subsequently dismissed, it must not be ignored, as it does hold an element of truth. As Muslims, our ability to be grateful for what we have instead of covetous for what we don’t is the fulcrum of not only our relationship with Allah, but our wellbeing as well. Additionally, thankfulness can only bring good to your life, as Allah says in the seventh ayah of Surat Ibrahim, “If you are grateful, I will most certainly increase you [in favor].” How can we not be grateful, especially in a time where there are a myriad of things to be grateful for? Your health, your friends, your shelter, your iman, your family, and even the food you put into your mouth everyday are just some of the many things that we can and must thank Allah for. Let us not forget where we are, what we have, and most importantly, how we got it: “Whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah.” (Surat Nahl: 53) So I encourage us all to count our blessings and maybe sit even a few minutes more after salat to thank Allah, as we stand only to benefit.