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: "
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."