February 6, 2016 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
Constantly remember the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, as the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
“Reflect on the blessings of Allah and do not reflect about *Allah.”
[* It means that do not reflect on those things that humans cannot understand, like the reality of Allah’s Attributes, etc.]
From the things that are repeated by a Muslim during the day and night, is the recognition of the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on him – how many situations are there?
How many events are there that a person sees and hears during the day and night that require him to reflect and ponder on the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and require him to praise Him as a result?
Have you not realized the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on you, when you are going to the Masjid and you see how the people around you have been deprived of this favor? This is especially true at the time of Salah Al-Fajr and the Muslims are in their houses in deep sleep, as if they were dead.
Have you not realized the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on you when you walk along the road and witness different sights – this one has had car accident, that one has raised the sound of Shaytan (i.e music and songs) in his car and so on?
Have you not realized the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on you, when you listen to or read the news about events occuring in the world, like famines, floods, the spreading of diseases, disasters, earthquakes, wars, homelessness and the like?
Indeed, the worshiper of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is fortunate – he is the one whose heart, feelings and perceptions are aware of the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on him in all situations and circumstances.
He continues to praise, thank and glorify Him due to what he is enjoying from His bounties, like the blessings of the religion, health, prosperity or being away from evil. In a narration, Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
“Whoever sees someone in affliction and says,
…would not be afflicted with the *trial.”
[*This du’a should be said quietly in one’s heart so as not to hurt the person going through affliction.]
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
فَاذْكُرُوا آلَاءَ اللَّهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“So remember the favors of Allah that you might succeed.” [al-A’raf 7: 69]