19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Gratitude for Blessings

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will be pleased with His slave if, when he eats some food he praises Him for it and when he drinks something he praises Him for it.” [Muslim]

Are we grateful for what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) bestows upon us or not? If we give thanks while feeling it from our hearts, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will be pleased with us and bless us with more. If we refuse to thank Him and are ungrateful, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will be angry with us.

We must make it a habit to say “Alhamdulillah” after we eat or drink anything.

Gratitude also entails putting gifts to appropriate use. For example, fancy new clothes should be worn to dress up. If the gifter sees us mop floors with them they won’t appreciate it.

So we must use the energy and health we derive from food and drink, to obey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). To use His blessings to rebel against Him is ingratitude of the highest order.

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