The definition of ungratefulness is never being appreciative of all the gifts Allah gave us and taking them for granted. In Surat Ar-Rahman, explains Nouman Ali Khan, Allah tells us to be grateful or else you would be defying Him, and the punishment for that may not be in this world. You will not get away with such transgressions and if you think you can escape on judgment day, you are mistaken. The more grateful you are to Allah’s many blessings, the more doors he will open for you.
This khutba examines the following wise statement of Ibn Qayyim: “Don’t ruin your happiness with worry; Don’t ruin your mind with pessimism; Don’t ruin your success with deception; Don’t ruin the optimism of others by thwarting it; Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday. If you think about your situation, you will find that Allah has given you things without asking, so have trust in Allah that He doesn’t prevent anything you want except there is goodness for you.”
We as Muslims are very good at complaining. We do it so much we don’t even think about it. This leads to arguing about it and causing distress in our communities. Is this the attitude of the Prophet (s)? Is this how believer in Allah behaves?
This khutbah was given on 9/29/2017 in the Bayyinah musalla.
After escaping the clutches of Pharaoh, Prophet Musa (PBUH) and his people found themselves in the middle of the desert with no food, shelter, or hope for survival. It was at this point that Allah chose to remind them about gratitude.
What we learn from this passage from Surah Ibrahim is that, when we are faced with insurmountable challenges and odds, we must recognize that it is only with Allah’s help that we can be successful. If we are able to rise to this higher level of faith and only think of reasons why we should be grateful to Allah, especially at a time when our mind is being invaded by worries and negativity, then Allah has definitely promised that He will increase every possible avenue for good around us.
With this divine guidance and formula from the Quran, may we all find solace during our difficulties, peace during turmoil, and success during hardships. Ameen.
Imam Zaid Shakir explains how when Allah says in the Qur’an, “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Sarah Ra‘d 13:11) a huge component of this is in appreciation of one’s blessings.
Surah Ar-Rahman is a powerful wake-up call addressing all kinds of people, especially those exercising various degrees of disbelief. When it was revealed in Mecca, explains Nouman Ali Khan, Allah was talking specifically to the Quraish, who, despite having the greatest messenger, speaking to them in their own tongue, continued to mock and attack Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and desecrate the House of Allah. Yet even though Allah is angry at their consistent denial of all the incredible things their master has done for them, He addresses them as “ar-rahman”, the quintessence of mercy itself. This great surah is a reminder of our place in front of Allah. One day we shall perish without a trace while He, who owns glory and dignity, shall prevail. It is a reminder that our need for Him goes beyond petty, conscious requests for worldly things but that every breath we take and every heartbeat is a manifestation of his loving and caring mercy. Our ingratitude and forgetfulness of Allah’s gifts is the work of shaytan, the enemy in our invisible spiritual war, who can only be defeated through constant gratitude and remembrance of our master.
This Khutbah was given by Imam Khalid Latif at the Islamic Center at NYU on Friday, April 6th, 2012 in which he discusses the importance of thanking others and expressing gratitude for them and the dangers of being ungrateful.
Abu Hurairah reported: The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.”
[Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 40, Number 4811]
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ لاَ يَشْكُرُ اللَّهَ مَنْ لاَ يَشْكُرُ النَّاسَ
In this video, Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the concept of thankfulness from an Islamic perspective. He also discusses the importance of speaking out against the abuses which are leading the United States into an era of unprecedented tyranny.