Gratitude and ‘Ibadah

All praises and thanks be to Allah, who explains in the Qur’an that the only people who truly worship Him are those who give thanks (gratitude) to Him, so those who are not among the people of gratitude are not among the people of ‘ibadah:

 “…and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him that you worship.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:172)

He instructed His slave Musa, peace be upon him, to accept what he had bestowed upon him with gratitude:

“…’O Musa! I have chosen you above (other) men, by the mission I (have given you) and the words I (have spoken to you): take then the (revelation) which I give you, and be of those who give thanks.'” (Surah al-‘Araf 7:144)

Allah has told us that His pleasure may be attained through gratitude:

“…If you are grateful, He is pleased with you…” (Surah az-Zumar 39:7)

Allah praised Ibrahim, peace be upon him, for being grateful for His favours:

“Ibrahim was indeed a model. Devoutly obedient to Allah, (and) true in faith, and he joined not gods with Allah. He showed his gratitude for the favours of Allah, Who chose him, and guided him to a straight way.” (Surah an-Nahl 16:120-121)

Allah has mentioned that gratitude is the purpose of creation:

“It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of you mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection: that you may give thanks (to Allah).” (Surah an-Nahl 16:78)

Gratitude was also the purpose of sending the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him:

“Then remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and do not reject Me.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:152)

Extracted from Patience and Gratitude by Ibn al-Qayyim Pages 70-71


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