"Life is prettier when we thank our Lord for what has passed, what has remained, what is to come."
Every day that I live and breathe is a blessing.
My loved ones are a blessing.
The eyes that I use to see are a blessing.
The ears with which I hear with are a blessing.
The hands and feet I have been given are a blessing.
My existence and everything around me is a blessing.
But when I think about it, I notice that I do not appreciate each and every one of these things enough. I spend so much of my time thinking and complaining about what I do not have that I am completely at loss when I realise that I have been blessed with countless wonders which I do not give a seconds thought to.
What is Shukr?
- To be thankful/grateful- To recognise the generosity and kindness given to us by Allah (swt)
When times get tough, I forget the blessings of my Lord. I let the pain overtake all the beauty that is around me. The sadness in some way blinds me from seeing the plentiful I have.
How do I remember to be thankful to Allah in my moments of pain?
Those moments where everything seems to be falling apart, what I do is get myself to list on paper my many blessings. You could make this a daily or weekly thing where you note down all the great aspects of your life. You could stick the list up and look at it every so often as a reminder.
Remembering Allah during the day (Dhikr) is another way to always have that constant reminder of your blessings. For example, even something as small as saying the du'a for before you go to sleep is being thankful to Allah. You are remembering that Allah is the only one with the ability to give and take life. That is being thankful!
Even just saying Bismillah and starting an activity in the name of Allah is acknowledging the kindness of your Lord.
بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
A positive effect of being grateful in this way is that you are remembering Allah in most moments as well as pushing away the unwanted negative thoughts that want to evade your mind.
I hope this is another practical way in which you can chase away the heavy heart. Counting your blessings is easy and simple, and there are endless number of things in life to be thankful for. Find them and be appreciative!
Till then, we shall all continue to strive.
To read the other posts in this series of sorts, just click on the label at the end of the post that says 'Chasing Away The Heavy Heart'.