Are we really thankful?

Are we really thankful?

Written by: Barah


I say alhamdulilah (thank God) so often that it has become a habit, a word that is glued to my tongue. It’s good to say it, but remember, actions speak louder than words. Words do good, but accompanying a word with an action is far more meaningful.

What does it mean to say alhamdulilah without showing thankfulness in my actions? I thank God all the time for all the food he has given me, for all the clothes he has allowed me to own, for all the money he has blessed me with, and for the roof over my head. But am I truly thankful when I keep it all to myself?

This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. I’ve concluded that keeping it all to myself is the opposite of being thankful. God gave me all these blessings so that I could share them with those around me; it’s not all just for me.

It would be extremely selfish to think I earned all these blessings on my own merit, because–let’s be honest–which one of us really deserves all the blessings in our lives? God gave us everything out of his generosity and forgiveness, so when I see someone in need, I’m obligated to lend a helping hand with whatever I can afford. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount or something crazy you are unable to handle, but any amount you can.

There are many ahadith that emphasize the importance of sharing our blessings or describe how arrogance can stem from the idea that we gained all these blessings on our own:

“He is not a believer who eats to his fill but his neighbor goes without food.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

“Protect yourself from Hell-fire even by giving a piece of date as charity.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

“God will not look at the one who trails his izaar [expensive garment] on the ground out of pride.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

We must also keep in mind that intention is everything when it comes to giving. If your intentions are pure and for the sake of God, then you’re all set, God willing.

Giving is the key to baraka (more blessings) in your food, clothes, money, and in unexpected places throughout your life. God will give you more when you share your blessings. Let’s remember to be thankful to Him by giving and sharing what we were given.



Leave a Comment

Recent Post

Advice Q+A: Bottle-feeding?
Advice Q+A: Marriage announcement gone wrong
Advice Q+A: Overly Nice
Advice Q+A: Proposal +kids
Advice Q+A: Moving backwards?
Advice: Never good enough
Advice: Ghost fiance
Advice: No longer “friends”