Why is gratitude important?
As mentioned last time (read part 1 here), the only power that Shaytaan has over us is the ability to make us forget Allah. If we don’t fight this ingratitude now, we will grow into greedier people, impatient and success-hungry.
We, the Charity Weekers, are the next generation. We are the next generation of CEOs, scientists, lawyers, doctors, politicians, and humanitarians – leaders in the most respected fields. We want to be the leaders who don’t do what we do for the money. We want to be those who care for the people we work with. We want to be the people who work with honesty, dignity and morals.
How do we achieve this?
We acknowledge that Allah is the reason we are where we are today. We start with being grateful. Allah will increase those who are grateful in ways we cannot begin to imagine.
Have you noticed that many duas taught by the Prophet SAW start with the expression of gratitude, “Alhamdulillah”? The day starts with the morning supplication, “Alhamdulillahilladhi ahyana…” (All praise and thanks be to the One who gave us life…). What is the significance of this? Allah SWT wants you to start your day in His remembrance. This can put us in a super charged state.
“One of the Salaf said: ‘When I am afflicted with calamity, I praise Allah four times: I praise Allah for it not being worse than it is. I praise Allah for nourishing me with the ability to bear it patiently. I praise Him for granting me the accord to say: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him we return.’ And I praise Him for not making the tribulation in my religion.’
To conclude, we’ve talked about acknowledging every small favour bestowed upon us, how we are unable to comprehend the number of them, and how showing gratitude to Allah is something that should be part of our daily lives. In the upcoming weeks, there’s a high chance you will be praised for the work that you do and the effort you put into CW. Let us not forget that it’s not really because of us that we can do this – it is because of the favours that Allah has blessed us with.
Remember the dua made by Abu Bakr RA, that he would make after being praised: O Allah, make me better than what they think of me, and forgive me for what they do not know about me, and do not take me to account for what they say about me.
اللهمَ اجْعَلْنِى خَيْرًا مِمَّا يَظُنُّونَ وَاغْفِرْ لِى مَا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ وَلَا تُؤَاخِذْنِى بِمَا يَقُولُون
Allahumma-ja’lni khayran mima yadhunoon wa-ghfir li ma la ya’lamoon wa la tu’akhidhni bi ma yaquloon.