Remember the favors of Allah upon you and how they
surround you from above and below - indeed, from every direction.
(And if you would count the graces of Allah, never
could you be able to count them) (Quran 14: 34)
Health, safety, nourishment, clothing, air, and water
- these all point to the world being yours, yet you do not realize it. You
possess all that life has to offer, yet remain ignorant.
(He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you,
[both] apparent [i.e. Islamic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of this world,
including health, good looks, etc.] and hidden [i.e. one's faith in Allah,
guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the
Hereafter in Paradise, etc.) (Qur’an 31: 20)
You have at your disposal two eyes, a tongue, lips,
two hands, and two legs.
Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both
[jinns and men] deny? (Qur’an 55: 13)
Can you picture yourself walking without feet? Should
you take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many?
Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool
water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some, due to
sickness and disease? Consider the faculties of hearing and seeing with which
you have been endowed.
Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you
have been saved from diseases that attack it. Reflect on your powers of
reasoning and remember those that suffer from mental ailments.
Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the
weight of Mount Uhud in gold, or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have
been given abundant favors, yet you feign ignorance.
Notwithstanding warm bread, cool water, easy sleep,
and good health, you remain despondent and depressed. You think about what you
do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given.
You are troubled by a loss in wealth, yet you have the
key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and be thankful.
(And also in your own selves [are signs], will you not
then see? (Qur'an 51: 2)
Reflect upon yourself your family, your friends, and
the entire world that is around you.
(They recognize the grace of AIIah, yet they deny it.)
(Qur'an 16: 83)