بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?“
[Al-Qur’an-Surah Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent):13]
One day, my husband brought lots of yummy fruits: grapes, peaches, mangos and a melon. I was delighted to see all my favorite fruits, but the first thing that came out my mouth on seeing the huge melon was,
“Oh no! Not another melon?! We still haven’t finished using the other melon that you brought and I have no space to keep it!”
Instantly, I realized that instead of being grateful that he had brought all my favorite fruits after a long, exhausting day at work, I decided to focus on the one thing that I didn’t want, the BIG melon!
I knew that I would be held accountable for all the blessings that I had received in that instant: the love and efforts of my husband, the yummy, delicious grapes, the juicy peaches and of course the mouth-watering mangos!
Instead of saying “thank-you” and “Jazakallah khair” for the blessings I had received, I decided to be ungrateful and complain. It was an instant reaction, and I realized my mistake. However, it was a second too late!
Questions I would be asked on such an incident would be:
- Were you not grateful for your husband’s efforts?
- Were you not grateful for all the delicious fruits you had received?
- Do you know how many people out there can’t afford such luxuries?
- Do you know how lucky you are to be in a country where such delicious fruits are produced?
What I Learned: The instant reaction you show upon a blessing depicts your attitude of gratefulness and ungratefulness to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )!