Sunday, 26 May 2019

Give Thanks..

I learned something life changing from my teacher.  And I pray it can benefit us all in these last 10 nights, insha Allah. 


Many of us often feel we are not doing enough. We may feel inadequate and frustrated when we don't live up to our own expectations. Or when others (our children, spouses, family) do not live up to our expectations of them. 


When this happens, our response is typically to focus on what's *missing* in our efforts, or in the efforts of others we care about. We focus on what's missing in hopes of increasing it. 


But what if we used a completely different approach? What formula does Allah give us in the Quran? He says: "If you are thankful, I will increase you (14:7)."


What if, instead of focusing on what's missing in our deeds, we show gratitude to Allah for the spiritual gifts He has *already* given us. Maybe you weren't able to stay up all night, but Allah allowed you to make heartfelt duaa or pray some portion of the night. Or maybe He allowed you to help another person in need or be at the service of your family. 


Show gratitude for those things and He will give you more! And remember, all good comes from Allah, so be careful not to take credit for your own worship or good deeds!


.. Yasmin Mogahed

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