The Rewards of Gratitude

The reward for gratitude is unlimited. As Allah states in the Qu’ran:

“…If you are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you…” (Surah Ibrahim 14:7)

In contrast, other rewards and divine favours are conditional upon His will, for example:

  • Relief from Poverty

“… but if you fear poverty, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills…” (Surah at-Tawbah 9:28)

  • Answering Prayers

Nay – on Him would you call, and if it be His Will, He would remove (the distress) which occasioned your call upon Him…” (Surah al-An’am 6:41)

  • Rizq (sustenance, provision)

“…He gives Sustenance to whom He pleases.” (Surah ash-Shura 42:19)

  • Forgiveness

“…He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills…” (Surah al-Fath 48:14)

  • Divine Mercy

“Again will Allah, after this, turn (in mercy) to whom He wills…” (Surah at-Tawbah 9:27)

But Allah has made the reward for gratitude free from any conditions:

“…And swiftly shall We reward those that (serve Us with) gratitude” (Surah Al ‘Imran 3:145)

Extracted from Patience and Gratitude by Ibn al-Qayyim Pages 68-69

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