14 February 2014 CE | 12 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Gratitude for Increase in Blessings

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Look to those lower than you, and do not look to those above you, lest you view the favours of Allah as trivial.” [Sahih Muslim]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) divides people into those who are grateful and those who are ungrateful; and the most displeasing thing to Him is ingratitude and its people; and the most precious thing to Him is gratitude and its people.

He puts no limit on His reward for gratitude when He refers to it: “We shall reward those who are thankful.” [Quran: Surah Aal-e-Imran, Ayat 145]

When the enemy of Allah, shaytaan, learned of the value of gratitude – and that it is one of the most exalted and highest states – he directed his efforts towards distancing people from it: “Then will I approach them from in front of them and from behind them, and from their right and from their left; and You will find that most of them are not grateful.” [Quran: Surah Al-Araf, Ayat 17]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “If you are thankful, I will certainly give you more, but if you are ungrateful, then surely My punishment is terrible indeed.” [Quran: Surah Ibraheem, Ayat 7]

In this ayat, Allah makes the granting of more blessings conditional on gratitude. There is no limit to the increase in His blessings, just as there is no limit to being grateful to Him.

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