There’s No Happiness Without Shukr (Gratitude)
Islam teaches us to be grateful in every situation – no matter what. If we are not grateful and we do not try hard to focus on the positives of each situation, we are more likely to lose hope completely and feel helpless. This mindset will eventually cause us to focus on only the negative aspects of our lives.
When faced with difficulty, we should still always try to look for the good in the situation and not let sadness permanently take over our hearts. Ibn Mas’ud (RA) said:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “He who (on befalling a calamity) slaps his cheeks, tears his clothes and follows the ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance is none of us.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Being grateful will help us to keep our focus on our purpose in this life. We should thank Allah (SWT) for everything from which he is protecting us and rewarding us with, even though we may not be aware of those things. Reminding ourselves of this helps us not to become consumed by the difficulties we may be facing.
We must remember that the more we show gratitude to our Lord, the more He will be pleased with us and reward us. Allah (SWT) tells us in the Qur’an:
“If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour].” (Qur’an 14:7)
We should remind ourselves of all the things Allah (SWT) has blessed us with, such as our jobs, our families and the positive experiences in our lives. These blessings, along with many others, usually escape our minds when we are faced with a difficulty. We should always be grateful for every blessing Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us, no matter how small.
When we thank Allah (SWT) for everything He has provided us with, Allah (SWT) is pleased with us. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:
“If you are grateful, He is pleased with you” (Qur’an 39:7)
We must also be thankful for the experiences in our lives that we may have found difficult because, even if we felt despair at the time, there is always something to learn from every experience. Reflecting on things that happen in
our lives helps us to improve ourselves as well as realise how Allah (SWT) has blessed us. We read in the Qur’an:
“And if you should count the favours of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.” (Qu’ran 14:34)
A key concept that we often forget is that our ultimate purpose is to worship Allah (SWT) and thank Him. We read in the Qur’an:
“It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection: that you may give thanks (to Allah).” (Qur’an 16:78)
Therefore, it is vital for us to keep in mind that our worship is only sincere if we are grateful to Allah (SWT). We read in the Qur’an:
“And be grateful to Allah, if it is Him you worship.” (Qur’an 2:172)