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Shukr – Gratitude July 7, 2015

The full moon reminds us, we are halfway through … last night was for shukr (gratitude), which is not just a feeling, or uttering some words – but a way of being … living and acting in loving thankfulness.

Gratitude is good for the soul, as per the teachings of Nabi Sulayman and Luqman (as)

“And whoever is grateful – his gratitude is only for his own soul. And whoever is ungrateful – then indeed, my Lord is Free of need and Generous.” (27:40)

Giving thanks allows us to grow in myriad ways, gratitude fosters generosity of means and spirit,

“If you are grateful, I will surely increase you” (14:7)

Gratitude is difficult and takes concerted effort – the dua of Nabi Sulayman (as) invokes Allah for the inspiration to express true gratitude,

“My Lord! Inspire upon me the ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves.” (27:19)

Allah repeatedly reveals how many of us are ungrateful (2:243) and how little thanks we give (32:9) …He reminds that our endeavours to live in gratitude are not only for the physical, but the spiritual as well,

“It is He who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and hearts: that you may give thanks.” (16:78)

Gratitude is a way of Dhikr (remembering & contemplation of Allah). Shukr is affirmation of Allah as opposed to its opposite : kufr – denial,

“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny” (2:152)

May we live this reminder more-so in the second half of Ramadan’s nights and days,

“And it is He who made the Night and the Day to follow each other: for such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude.” (25:62)

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