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Patience and Gratitude

Patience and Gratitude

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A food for thought for today's frustrated minds after materialism
A food for thought for today's frustrated minds after materialism

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Published by: dr.idreesbashir on Jul 06, 2008
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Patience and GratitudeIbn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah(From Uddat as-Saabireen wa Dhaakirat ash-Shaakireen)The Sahabah and Taab'ieen on GratitudeSalman al-Farsi (r) said: "There was a man who was given manyof the luxuries of this world, and then they were taken awayfrom him. But he continued to praise and thank Allah untileverything had been taken from him, even his bed. And then hestill praised and thanked Allah. Another man , who had alsobeen given many of the luxuries of this world asked him, "Whatare you praising and thanking Allah for?" The man said, "I ampraising and thanking Allah for blessings which, if others askedme to give them to them in return for all that they have, I wouldnever give them up." "What can they be?" asked the secondman. "Can't you see?" asked the first man. "I have my eyesight,my tongue, my hands, my feet."Mukhallad ibn al-Husayn said: "The definition of gratitude isabstaining from wrong action." Abu Hazim said: "Every blessingthat does not bring you closer to Allah is a disaster." Sulaymansaid "Remembering His Blessings makes one love Allah."Hammad ibn Ziyad narrated that Layth ibn Abi Burdah said: "Iwent to Maidah, where I met Abdullah ibn Salam, who said tome: "Would you like to visit a place visited by the Prophet(sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and we will offer you sawiq anddates?" Then he said, "when Allah gathers people on the Day of  Judgment, He will remind them of His Blessings. One of Hisslaves will say: "Remind me of something," and Allah will say:"Remember when you faced such and such adversity, and youprayed to Me, so I relieved you of it. Remember when you weretraveling in such and such a place, and you asked Me to give youa travelling companion, and I did so. Remember when you askedfor the hand of so and so the daughter of so and so, and othersalso asked for her hand, so I gave her to you to marry, and keptthe others away." His slave will be standing before his Lord, Whowill remind him of His many blessings." Then the narrator of thisstory (Layth) wept and said, I hope that no one will stand beforehis Lord in this way, because the one who does so will bepunished." (i.e. if Allah has to point out that which should beobvious, this is a sign of a person's ingratitude, and he will bepunished).
Bakr ibn Abdullah al-Muzani said:
"When a man faces affliction,he may pray to Allah and Allah may deliver him from adversity.Then Shaytan comes to the man and whispers, "It was not asbad as you thought." Thus the man's gratitude will beweakened."
Zazan said:
"The right of Allah over the man who is enjoying Hisblessings is that such a man should not use His blessings inorder to commit wrong actions."
A man of knowledge said:
"Theblessing of Allah to us is in keeping the luxuries which he hasgiven us, because Allah did not like His Prophet to have theluxuries of this world. So I prefer to live in a manner which Allah preferred for His Prophet than to live a life which He disliked for him."
Ibn Abi'd-Dunya said: "It was narrated to me that some scholarssaid:
"The scholar should praise Allah for having deprived him of the luxuries of this life, in the same way that he should praiseHim for what He has bestowed upon him. How can you comparethe blessings and luxuries for which he will be accountable tothe deprivation of luxuries which is a relief from being tested and which keeps his mind free to worship and remember Allah?So he should give thanks to Allah for all of that."
It has been said: "Gratitude is giving up wrong action." Ibn alMubarak said: "Sufyan said:
"He does not understand religion properly who does not count affliction as a blessing and ease asa disaster.""
Gratitude of different facultiesA man said to Abu Hazim: "What is the gratitude of the eyes?"He said "If you see good things, you speak about them, and if you see bad things, you keep quiet about it." He asked "What isthe gratitude of the ears?" He said, "If you hear something good,you accept it, and if you hear something bad, you reject it."Then he asked "What is the gratitude of the hands?" He said,"Do not take that which does not belong to you and do not holdback from paying the dues of Allah (zakat)." Then he asked,"What is the gratitude of the head?" He said "To have knowledgein it." Then he asked "What is the gratitude of one's privateparts?" He quoted: "Who guard their private parts, except fromthose joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives)
whom their right hands possess - for (in their case) they arefree from blame, but those whose desires exceed those limitsare transgressors." (23:5-7)As for those who only pay lip service to gratitude, and do notgive thanks with the rest of their faculties, are concerned, theyare like a man who has a garment, and all he does with it istouch it, but he does not put it on: it will never protect him fromheat, cold, snow or rain.Prostration of GratitudeWhen the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) usedto receive good news, he would prostrate himself (sujud) andgive thanks to Allah. Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf (radee Allahu'anhu) narrated: "The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam)entered upon us in the mosque, stood facing the qiblah, thenprostrated himself and remained in sujud for a long time. I saidto him,
"O Messenger of Allah, you prostrated yourself for sucha long time that we thought Allah had taken your soul." He said "Jibril came to me with good news. He told me: "
Allah says,
Whoever sends blessings on you, I will send sixty blessings onhim in return and whoever salutes you, I will salute him inreturn", so I prostrated myself and gave thanks to Allah."
(Ahmad) Sa'id ibn Mansur narrated that Abu Bakr (radee Allahu'anhu) prostrated himself when he heard the news thatMusaylimah had been killed, and Ka'b ibn Malik (radee Allahu'anhu) prostrated himself when the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhiwa sallam) told him the good news that Allah had forgiven him.All the good deeds of men cannot pay for one blessing of AllahA worshipper worshipped Allah for fifty years, so Allah told himthat He had forgiven him. The man said,
"O Allah, what is thereto forgive when I have not committed a wrong action?"
So Allahcaused a nerve in his neck to give him pain, so he could notsleep or pray. When the pain eased and he was able to sleep, anangel came to him, so he complained to the angel of the pain hehad suffered. The angel told him,
"Your Lord says to you that your fifty years of worship is to pay for the soothing of your  pain."

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