Lamya's Corner

"There was for Saba, aforetime, a sign in their homeland [Yemen] two gardens to the right and to the left . . . be grateful to Him[Allah] . . .But they turned away, and We sent against them the flood released from the Dams [Maarib dam]" (Qur'an. Saba:15-16)

2016 Ramadan Reflection 22 June 27, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — lamyaalmas @ 5:27 pm

One of the best forms of worship, emanating from the heart, that brings about happiness in a believers life and consolidates his connection to his Creator is the way in which every blessing from Him is perceived and received. Every blessing from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) should be perceived with an eye of reverence. Why? Every blessing from Allah ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) is Him reminding you that He has not forgotten about you. That all of your needs and desires are being taken care of by Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). What’s more, every blessing is a reassurance from him that us being sinners will not prevent Him from providing for us. Simply because He loves us. Furthermore, everything that comes from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) is huge . Why? First, because He Allah the All Mighty is the source. How can any blessing be small when Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) is the source of them all?  Second, because the driving force behind Allah’s giving is the purest form of love , for no one forces Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) to give us  any of these blessings. He gives them to us simply out of sheer and pure love. Add to that the fact that each blessing is tailored and customized to its recipient . So He ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la ) not only gives you, but gives you with wisdom.

The Prophet ( Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam) taught his companions to revere every blessing from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). How?  Simply through the way he (Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam) showed gratitude for every blessing he received from Allah, as small as they sometimes appeared to others. It really doesn’t matter how others perceive those blessings we receive, but what matters is how we the recipients perceive and receive these blessing.  I’m a book lover, and often times when I’m looking up books for purchase I realize that some copies are more expensive than others. I am curious as to the differences in pricing, and usually figure out the reason being that it is either an older edition or a different form of binding.  But I also found out that books signed by the authors always raise their value, considerably . Imagine now that every blessing you receive from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) has His signature. How priceless of a signature is that? Does it not deserve to be revered?

When it comes to blessings from Allah ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) we should never feel a sense of entitlement. We should never take any for granted. The Prophet ( Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam) when he went to bed he would say this Dua,

” Praise is to Allah Who has provided us with food and with drink, sufficed us and gave us an abode for how many are there with no provision or  home.”

This was every night. How many times have we gone to bed having lived a day in which Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) has provided us with all of our needs with so much ease?  How about after leaving the toilet? There’s gratitude in that we have been relieved of harm and discomfort. The Prophet (Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam) used to say,” All praise to Allah, Who has taken away my discomfort and granted me relief” when he left the bathroom.

Ask people who have chronic constipation. Or ask people who are undergoing dialysis because of kidney failure. They’ll tell you how great of a blessing this is. It is believers who remember to praise Allah at all times and are referred to in this ayah , “… but few of my servants are grateful. ” ( Qur’an 34:13) These are a fine “breed” of believers . The word Allah ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) uses in the Ayah  is ” Shakuur” and it refers to those who are continuously and constantly grateful and thankful to Him ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la).

Let’s learn to be among these and learn from our Prophet ( Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam). We all wake up in the morning , as long as we are alive of course, so let’s follow in his footsteps and remember to always say,

“Praise is to Allah Who gave strength to my body and returned my soul to me and permitted me to remember Him.”

It is indeed a great blessing to wake up in the morning. Let’s learn the duas for every aspect of our lives, and Praise Allah and be among those who are constantly grateful.  Remember the hadith that , “Alhamdullilah (All Praise to Allah) fills the scales” in the Hereafter . If we constantly revere Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la ) through His blessings He will honor our deeds on the Judgment Day when they matter the most. May we be among those to whom the Angels at the doors of Jannah will say , “Peace be upon you. You have done well, so enter here to dwell eternally therein,” ( Qur’an 39:73) and may we be among those whose response will be, “Praise be to Allah” ( Qur’an 39:74) .  The first word out of those invited into Jannah will be ” Alhamdullilah” echoing what they so often said in this world as Allah’s blessing rained down on them. May we be among them .


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