Gratitude or Shukr (thankfulness) in Islam is a powerful instrument that can push you towards contentment and abundance. The road to greatness begins with gratefulness. It is expressing thanks to God and the people in both words and actions. Someone said, “It is gratefulness which makes the soul great, never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” Discover how you can be more thankful to Allah and His creation. Whether you consider yourself a positive, easy-going personality or a demanding, hard to please person, these tips can help you become a more grateful, caring, and content individual.
- Say “Al-hamdulillah often: Alḥamdulillāh اَلحَمْدُ لِله is an Arabic phrase meaning “praise be to God”, sometimes translated as “thank God.” As a Muslim, this phrase is an integral part of our deen we are trained to repeat it whether you talk about its teaching as Sunnah or Quran’s preaching, and most of us have this phrase in our everyday vocabulary. A constant utterance of this phrase reminds us of the source of all blessings and happiness in this life. This practice of attributing all reasonable actions to Allah keeps you humble and content and has a positive effect on your relations with people. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings are upon him, has instructed us to say “Alhamdulillah” daily: “Allah is pleased with His servant if when he eats something, he thanks Allah for it, and when drinks something he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim).
2. Stop Complaining and be positive!: Life is stressful and complaining may be considered by many as an extension of being average. However, complaining has a negative impact on our brains and physical health. Hence this is the first step towards being thankful to Allah and the people around you. We have become a community of complainers and whiners, which has led to a collective psychology of negativity and unproductively. Stop complaining about the weather, less money, economy, politicians, traffic, government etc. Refrain from blaming your Masjid, Imams, spouse, parents, in-laws, children, or boss. If you feel with an open mind, you may discover more positives in your circumstances and the people around you than negatives.
3. Donate your time and talent more than money to social work and non-profit efforts: Offering charity doesn’t require a lot of throwaway income. If you intend to make the world a better place, you can still contribute without cutting a big check. That is your selfless service, and generosity towards people in need is undoubtedly the right way of showing gratitude to Allah. The Prophet, peace, and blessings are upon him said, “People are dependants of Allah; the closest to Him are those who are most useful to His dependants” (Muslim). “As the blessings from Allah to a servant increase, so will the people’s need of that blessed servant’s services. If the servant disregards their needs, it will cause those blessings to be removed” (lbn Hibban).
4. Fall in Sajdah when you receive a blessing from Allah: Employing prostration as an act of submissiveness or worship to a supreme being or as in the sajdah of the Islamic prayer, salat are used to praise, glorify and humble oneself in front of Allah. Prophet Muhammad used to prostrate (Sajdah) to Allah whenever he received something pleasant or was told the good news to thank Allah for the grace he had collected. In Sajdah, the Prophet uses dua not only as tasbeeh as we do in compulsory prayers. In Sajdah, he used to weep. While he prayed alone, he would spend an excessive period of his time in Sajdah. Many times, nevertheless, Muslims would join him when they found him praying alone.
5. Thank people for littlest things:People like to be appreciated every time for even if it’s very little favor they do for us, which often gets engrossed in our busy routines. As we get engrossed in our thinking and selfless attitude, we forget to appreciate it. Example: when was the last time you thanked your mom for cooking such a delicious food daily day-night without complaining? Or talking about, our kids keep our everyday things in a drawer so that it is not lost, or our spouse or your siblings. Take the moment to thank each on of them for their thoughtfulness. “The one who does not give thanks for a small blessing will not give thanks for a great blessing, and the one who does not give thanks to people will not give thanks to Allah.” the Prophet said.
6. Share the message of Islam: If you appreciate the teaching of Islam as your most precious treasure, don’t hesitate to share it with others. The essence of this message of Islam can be summed up and exhibited in this phrase: “La ilaha illa Allah.” – There is no god but Allah. It implies that, apart from the One and Only Allah. If Islam has changed your life for the better, what’s holding you back from inviting your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to explore this message of hope and positive transformation?
7. When you thank someone, make sure you mean it: When you say “Jazakallahu Khayran” (May Allah reward you the best) to your wife, your parents, your kids, or your siblings. It is a term used as an Islamic expression of gratitude, meaning “May God reward you [with] goodness.” The phrase Jazak Allah itself is incomplete. It includes Allāh, the Arabic word for God, and jazaka, which refers to the act of rewarding, but it leaves out khayr, which refers to the “good” Does it come from your heart? Be a little creative when you want to express your gratitude to someone. Say it with a personal thank you card. Show it with flowers. Accompany it with a genuine smile. Charge it with emotions.