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Gratefulness: Alhamdulillah for more than everything.
Saturday, 3 May 2014 | 0 Comments

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah. I hope that you are the best state of health & iman. Pls pray for mine btw.

So my topic today is gratefulness. Who should we thank first for everything we have? Allah swt. Of course. And to thank Allah we say alhamdulillah instead of syukran ya Allah. I think we all realize that. Why is that we say 'praise is due to Allah' instead of 'thank you O Allah'? This is just my personal insight and Allah knows best. Logically, we thank people when they help us, do us a favor. We barely thank people when they bring a mess into our life, you know, burden us. But we are taught since we were little to say alhamdulillah whenever we get any good tiding......and also bad news. Yes, we as muslims, we say alhamdulillah for everything, don't we? And everything simply include all the good & bad things. Why is that?

He selects for His mercy whom He wills. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty. [3:74]

It is simply because when we get something good, it's because of Allah's Mercy. Isn't  that He is the Most Merciful and Self-Sufficient?

And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], "Be grateful to Allah ." And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] - then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy. [31:12]
And whenever we receive a bad news, it is too, from our Lord and we shall never sigh when we are tested bcs that's one of the reasons why we are created, to face hardships in order to see our level of iman.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
What makes me make this post is that this aphorism of Ibn Athaillah Iskandary:

Barangsiapa yang tidak mensyukuri nikmat Tuhan maka itu bererti dia berusaha untuk menghilangkan nikmat itu. Dan sesiapa yang mensyukuri nikmat itu bererti dia telah mengikat nikmat itu dengan ikatan yang kuat & kukuh.
I was mind-blown when I read this. Sebabnya mana mungkin ada orang yang hendak membuang nikmat. Bukankah manusia itu sangat gemar akan kenikmatan?  Syukur bermaksud membelanjakan segala yang dikurniakan oleh Allah swt kepada kita dengan sebaik-baik cara. Kalau kita fikir la kan, apabila kita bersyukur, yang untung tu sebenarnya diri kita. Ya lah, Allah minta kita beribadah dan melakukan semua amal kebaikan sebenar untuk keselamatan kita di akhirat. Allah tidak memerlukan kita, kita yang sangat memerlukan Allah bcs Allah is Self-Sufficient!

Okay, now, macam mana sebenarnya cara mensyukuri nikmat Allah? Ada banyak cara sebenarnya. Kita mesti bersyukur kepada Allah melalui hati, lisan dan anggota zahir. Itu saja lah yang saya tahu, kalau salah atau kurang, tolong betulkan.

Melalui hati, kita yakin bahawa nikmat yang kita dapat itu adalah daripada Allah swt. This is so important, you know why, bcs kalau kita tidak hati-hati boleh jadi kita kufur nikmat dengan berasa bahawa kejayaan atau kenikmatan yang kita perolehi itu adalah atas usaha diri sendiri semata-mata. Kita mesti tahu bahawa kita merancang, Allah yang menentukan so when we get what we work for, that's a blessing from God. Remind yourself that everything that is good really comes from Allah.

Melalui lisan, simple; kita ucap alhamdulillah. Even bangun tidur pun kita ucap alhamdulillah, for the new chance to live your day to the fullest and an opportunity untuk bertaubat sebelum kembali ke rahmatullah. Actually untuk bersyukur kepada Allah, kita juga perlu berterima kasih kepada insan yang terlibat. Hadi Rasulullah ada mengatakan, tidak mensyukuri Allah mereka yang tidak berterima kasih kepada manusia. At least cakaplah thank you. People who don't know who to say thank you nicely really get my nerves, No matter who you are, courtesy is compulsory.

Melalui anggota zahir, kita boleh buat sujud syukur. Besides, kita gunakan nikmat yang dikurniakan di jalan Allah. Contoh, when you got extra money, infakkanlah atau dermalah kepada mereka yang kurang bernasib baik. or give it to your family first. Contoh lagi, if you got good body strength, you can help your mother with the house chores, sedaplah mata parents memandang. But never underestimate small deeds sebab amal kebaikan sebesar bii sawi pun Allah nampak. Tapi ingat, do good deeds to please Allah alone, nobody else! :)
And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.' [14:7]

That's all now. Spread love and live life. Yours in reaching stars, Ayu. [IdayuMumtaz]