Between Dusk and Dawn…

Some *scribble* *scribble* by Ameera

Remembering to Thank Him

It hit me without any danger signs. Suddenly, the world was beginning to spin before my eyes and all I could do was grab my head in my hands and lean forwards over my desk. What was happening? I wondered in worry. True, I hadn’t had breakfast yet, it was only 7:30 am but I really wasn’t that hungry either. However, I remembered the time I’d once gone off to college with very little breakfast and had fainted at midday. No need to take chances with that, especially when I know I’ve been cutting back on calories these days.

I headed off to the kitchen and quickly made myself a fruit salad of bananas and melons (with some spice and instant orange juice powder for flavoring). Within ten minutes, I was done with my delicious breakfast and my sugar levels were well on the way up towards normal again, Alhumdolillah. I glanced at my empty bowl and it made me realize how blessed I was to be able to satisfy my hunger like that. Around the world, there are millions who do not have such access to food. They do not know where their next meal is going to come from, or if they’ll have to go hungry that time. And here I was, done within ten minutes, with one simple trip to the kitchen!

“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, a disbeliever.”

(Qur’an 14:34)

No wonder then that we need to feel and express gratitude for all these blessings of Allah(swt) upon us. Isn’t it understandable that on the Day of Judgement, when each human being that was ever created will be present on one flat plain, the one who didn’t have food would be in stark contrast to the one who had it in plenty? Wouldn’t that justify the question, “Well, you had the finest of meals to eat – did you thank Allah for it? Did you help feed this other person, who didn’t have what you had?” Of course we’ll be questioned about it!

Every single, tiny blessing will be called to account. Did you thank Allah(swt)? Did you use it in the right manner? Did you use it to come closer to Allah(swt)? I wrote this is a reminder, foremost for myself and also for anyone who might benefit from it Insha’Allah. My hunger has been satiated and I feel energized again… it’s so easy to forget to be grateful when you’ve got what you wanted. So before I forget, Alhumdolillah al-ladhee at’amana wa saqaanaa wa ja’alanaa min al-Muslimeen!

Translation: All praise is due to Allah who gave us food and drink and who made us Muslims.

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9 responses to “Remembering to Thank Him

  1. Yousuf April 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Brilliantly said!!! There are so many blessings that Allah has granted us with and almost all the time we forget to thank Allah (SWT). All praises to Allah that he gave us food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, house for shelter. And these are visible things. More we go to understand the structure of our own body there are millions of blessings and beautiful design that we can’t even perceive!!! Yet we take things for granted!!
    May Allah make us one of those who thank and praise Him, regularly Ameen

  2. livingbyit April 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I was thinking exactly about it the other day! Every time I’m hungry, thirsty, want (not even need) something to eat (fancy or not!), every time I want to shower after a long day, all I have to do is go get whatever I want! Such freedom I have, such blessings I have! Alhumdolillah! That’s what I was referring to, the other day, about how I feel so guilty sometimes, for being so fortunate!

  3. Adeel Jan April 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

    May Allah(swt) increase you wisdom and understanding.
    ——————————————————————–

    “I never lamented about the vicissitudes of time or complained of the turns of fortune except on the occasion when I was barefooted and unable to procure slippers. But when I entered the great mosque of Kufah with a sore heart and beheld a man without feet I offered thanks to the bounty of God, consoled myself for my want of shoes and recited:

    ‘A roast fowl is to the sight of a satiated man Less valuable than a blade of fresh grass on the table And to him who has no means nor power A burnt turnip is a roasted fowl.’ ”

    The Gulistan (Sheikh Saadi), translated by Sir Edwin Arnold.

  4. Yasser April 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    MashaALLAH such a nice post.

    on the other hand, this fruit salad pic is so tempting 🙂

  5. Adesi April 12, 2010 at 2:12 am

    i do forget an aweful lot but then people like you keep reminding me 🙂

    thank you!

  6. Patheos Admin April 15, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Hi Ameera! Could you please drop me a line at information@patheos.com? I can’t find any contact info on your blog — thanks!

  7. half blood princess April 25, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I love your blog. I love your posts. 🙂

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