A Time to Thank Allah
by Muhammad Ash-Shareef
of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that
you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection
and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”
- Surah Ar-Rum, 21
In this time of happiness,
when gifts are received, hugs are generously donated, and laughter
sprinkles the tables, we must remember who gave this all to us.
In this verse, Yamtann
Allahu Alayna – Allah reminds of us of His favour upon us. Every
husband in this room, it is Allah that created your bride. Every
bride in this room, Allah created your husband. Allah created the
pairs and then blessed the pair with love and mercy.
Then Allah says: “Indeed
in that are signs for a people who give thought”. Let’s take
the time now to give a little thought to Allah’s favour upon us.
Sulayman – alayhis
salam – sat his son down one day and taught him about Allah and
life. Allah mentions what he said
“And We enjoined
upon man (care) for his parents. His mother carried him, (increasing
her) in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years:
Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to me is the (final) destination.”
- Every thing that you enjoy, everything
that you love is from Allah:
you have of blessing (indeed) it is from Allah!”
- Thank Allah, remember Him and
He will remember you. Allahu akbar!
“Remember me and I shall remember you, and be thankful to Me and
do not be ungrateful.”
- Allah will give us more when we
when your lord proclaimed, ‘if you are grateful, I will surely
increase you; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.”
I’ve heard of Muslims
that regularly donate half a million dollars to the Democratic Party
to have their picture taken with Clinton and his wife! They place
these pictures up in the middle of their homes in all pride and
Yet to every parent,
let me draw your attention the most noble picture to put up in your
home. Allah ta’ala put His majesty and every parent in this world
in a portrait: “Be grateful to Me and to your Parents!”
Scholars have said
that being grateful to Allah is to be grateful for the Iman that
He has blessed us with. And to be thankful to our parents is to
be grateful for the hard work they went through to raise us.
Ibn Abbas raa said,
“There are three things that will not be accepted if it’s mate is
not fulfilled. (And he mentioned), “Thank Me (Allah) and your
Parents...” – Luqmaan 31/14.
Ibn Abbaas continued,
“Thus whoever thanks Allah and is not thankful to his parents,
Allah will not accept it from him.”
The scholars understood this and set the example for us. Haywah
bin Shurayh (ra), one of the Imam’s of our Ummah, used to give classes
in front of his home. During the class, his Mother would call him
to feed the chickens. He would stand up, leave the Halaqah, and
go feed the chickens.
Sufyan ibn Uyaynah
– one of the Ummah’s greatest scholars – said, “Whoever prays the
5 salah has been grateful to Allah. And whoever prays for his parents
after the Salah has been grateful to them.”
My mother in Law,
Ali’s mother once told me about when Ali was young. He would come
home from school, run up to her and give her the strongest hug.
Then he would top it off with, “Mummy I love you.” She would
mention the story and then let a tear drop.
As we get older, words
like ‘I love you’ become harder for us to say. Yet as much as it
becomes harder for us to say, as much as it becomes more precious
to the parents.
I ask Allah ta’ala
that we not forget this innocence, when we were without sin, when
we used to bring a smile to our parents.
Let’s keep making
them smile. And In doing so, we would be thanking Allah.