Understanding The True Meaning Of Gratitude

  • We often catch ourselves saying “Alhamdulillah”. We do so as it reminds us of the concept of gratitude, and to always be grateful to Allah, The Giver. Unfortunately, at times, because of how easily we utter “Alhamdulillah” to the point that it has become habitual, we may start taking for granted the underlying concept of gratitude and its importance in lifting our spirit and developing our potential.
  • It is this trait that drove Rasulullah s.a.w. to wake up in the wee hours of the night and stand in prayer until his legs were swollen. And it is gratitude that gave Prophet Muhammad the strength and determination to diligently offer tahajjud prayers. Even Prophet s.a.w. been promised Paradise and all of the privileges in the Hereafter by Allah. Those who have acquired a special status in the sight of Allah, we would learn that their acts of worship were not done because they felt they were compelled to do so. It was also not because of their desire to earn a special place. Because if that was what they were aiming for, they would surely stop striving once they were guaranteed Paradise. However, the reason they performed their acts of worship is out of gratitude for all of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them.
  • It is such attitude that we have to instil in ourselves. We do so not simply because it is obligatory upon us to perform our prayers, but we prostate to Allah out of gratitude; to thank Him for blessing us with health, family, iman, and sustenance. This short introduction on the value of gratitude which we will continue to discuss for the rest of this month and may Allah make us among those who are grateful of Him, because of Him.