(Nay, but Allah has conferred a favor upon you, that
He has guided you to the Faith…) (Qur'an 49: 17)
One particular blessing overlooked by most people is
the vantage point afforded to the believer when he is observing the disbeliever.
The believer remembers Allah's favor of guiding him to lslam. He is thankful
that Allah has not decreed for him to be like the disbeliever, who rebels,
denies His signs, disbelieves in His perfect attributes, in His messengers, and
in the Hereafter.
Furthermore, the believer performs all obligatory acts
of worship. Perhaps his execution of those acts is not perfect, yet simply performing
them is in itself a great blessing. lt is a blessing for which few are
(ls then he who is a believer like him who is Faasiq
[disbeliever and disobedient to Allah] ? Not equal are they.) (Quran 32: 18)
Some commentators of the Qur'an have said that among
the pleasures of Paradise for the believers is to be able to look upon the people
of the Fire and then thank their Lord for what He has given them.