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?
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.
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.
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Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
"When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: Continuing charity, knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him."
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