Count Your Blessings


Naheed Baluch

وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا لُقْمَانَ الْحِكْمَةَ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِلَّهِ وَمَن يَشْكُرْ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ
“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.”
[Al Qur’anLuqman: 12]

Blessing # 1:
Without a doubt, the biggest blessing that I’m grateful for is the blessing of Islam. It’s one of the greatest feelings to wake up in the morning knowing that I am a Muslim. Just knowing this makes every other problem seem insignificant.

Blessing # 2:
The blessing of Islam and the Quran; I could have just been born a Muslim, but Allah blessed me even more, by giving me Quran and guiding me to the correct path. This is the second thing that I am truly grateful for.

Blessing #3:
The blessing of having a family. Hearing and reading about deaths make me grateful for the family that I have.

Blessing #4:
The blessing of having certain facilities in life: For example: house, clothes, health and wealth. At the end of the day, no matter what I may be facing, Alhamdulillah, for the bed I sleep in, the roof above my head and the provision of 3 meals a day.

Blessing #5:
Having a normal body: having all my limbs intact.
I am grateful for everything that I have; however it’s just that I may take something for granted.
For instance, waking up and having an extra day in which I can do much khair. Now that I think about it, each day is like Allah giving us another chance: if we did something wrong, He gives us another day to mend our ways.
Today I have counted my blessings, can you count yours?

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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2 Responses to Count Your Blessings

  1. Samar says:

    This verse reminds me of a very nice hadith that shows us the Mercy of the Creator towards the creation. Where at one end He says be grateful and show gratitude (while surely we cannot show enough gratitude for ALL that He’s given us!), there is ease through this hadith.
    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “There is a (compulsory) Sadaqa (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah) everyday the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as Sadaqa, and to help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as Sadaqa, and (saying) a good word is also Sadaqa, and every step taken on one’s way to offer the compulsory prayer (in the mosque) is also Sadaqa and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also Sadaqa.” (Book #52, Hadith #232)
    Another big blessing Allah has repeatedly pointed out that Naheed hints at is TIME.
    May Allah make us all thankful for what we have and strive hard for the real deal inshaAllah, ameen.
    [suggested tag: bored, tired, wasting/waste]

    • Samar Jazakillah kheiran for reminding us about the beautiful hadith.Time truly is a great blessing.May we all make best use of our time today so that we do not regret later on in Akhira.

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