Allah has blessed us with more things than we can count. Whether they are physical, emotional, psychological, financial or any other type of favors, we have been bestowed with them without having to ask and without any sort of payment. If one realizes this completely, it is indisputable that we must always be grateful to our Lord and Creator, Allah.
“And if you would count the favours of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Truly, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Al Qur’an 16:18)
But besides being an ethical duty, gratitude and thankfulness have beneficial impacts on our daily lives. The list of benefits is huge; a few of them are being listed down:
• Peace of mind: realizing and counting our blessings and thanking the One who provided us with them is an immense source of mental peace. We learn to look at the brighter side of the picture and be optimistic in our lives. Whatever situation life brings us to, if we have the ability to look at our blessings, we will not fail.
• Empathy: Allah has distributed His blessings among Hs creations according to His hikmah. When we stop complaining and be thankful for the good things in life, we tend to develop an empathy towards our fellow humans who lack these blessings.
• Better personal relationships and a healthier society: A habit of thankfulness helps us appreciate the good things that others do for us. We acknowledge them and try to return the favors, consequently developing healthy relationships and a peaceful society. Those who do not realize their blessings and the favors others do for them, turn bitter. Their relationships, as a result, are not as healthy.
Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said: “Whoever is not grateful to the people, he is not grateful to Allah.” (Tirmidhi)
• Closeness to Allah: gratitude brings us closer to Allah. When we see His love for us and understand His wisdom behind the tough times in life, we tend to love Him more. It is the trait of a true Muslim that he remains thankful even in difficult times of his life. His gratitude in such times proves his love for his Lord.
• Multiplication of blessings: the more one is thankful, the more Allah blesses him. It is His promise.
“If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless, verily, My punishment is indeed severe.” (Al Qur’an 14:7)
• Rewards in the hereafter: Allah rewards those who thank Him for the blessings and remain patient when the times are tough.
Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delighted, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it.” (Sahih Muslim)
The virtues of thankfulness are many and can be experienced by anyone who decides to overlook the negativities of life and focus on the blessings.