Nope.. I’m not talking about the clothing company.
The Prophet*** mentioned that we should have 3 things: a grateful heart, a remembering tongue and a pious spouse.
I know that we all say “Alhamdulillah” and say we are thankful for the countless blessings we have. But I was listening to Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar and he was saying that part of being thankful is not complaining. For instance, if we miss Fajr, we should understandly be upset but we should realize the blessing in the fact that we even think Fajr is important. We should see the blessing in that Allah permits us to pray as soon as we get up and make up the prayer since we slept through it. We should see the blessing in that we ever desire to pray Fajr and feel bad for missing it.
That’s a powerful statement. To be thankful regardless of what state we’re in. And yes, you may be upset for a valid reason, but Alhamdulillah for the blessings you receive despite it. Who knows? Had you not slept through that Fajr, it may not have strengthened your resolve to wake up the next morning for Fajr. Maybe you wouldn’t have received that urge to become closer to your Lord. Shaykh Hussain said that even Shaytan rushes to wake such a thankful person up for Fajr, lest he miss it and draw nearer to Allah. Shaytan wants us to be frustrated and feel distanced from Allah. But we should be thankful and know that Allah is closer to us than our jugular veins. And once one is a thankful person, more barakah results from that relationship. Allah bestows more blessings upon such a person and raises their rank.
When the Prophet*** was asked by ‘Aisha ** why he was exerting himself so aruduously in worship, when Allah had forgiven any mistakes He may have committed; He responded by saying, “Should I not then love to be a thankful servant?” (Mutaffaqun Alayhi).
Habib Ali al Jifri mentioned once that the greatest ignorance is of your own faults. And when you are able to see your faults you should be thankful that Allah has bestowed upon you knowledge of those faults. Because then you can actually make an effort to correct them. Otherwise, they would be overlooked.
Sometimes we even get upset that things haven’t worked out the way we want them to. But Allahu Alim. Had they worked out that way, it may have been detrimental to our being. We cannot expect that things will always work out our way. We have to have faith in Allah and be thankful for the position He has placed us in.
Insha’ Allah, may He make us grateful servants who have complete faith in His Will. May we learn to embody and understand the aspects of true shukr.