TO BE THANKFUL
He had hardly finished his noon prayers and with spread out arms finishing the ritual he said:“Thank you O my God for what You have and have not given me.” This prayer must have drawn the attention of the man next to him because to turned around and asked: “Why are you giving thanks for what was not given?” He brushed his hands along his face as the last gesture of ending his prayer and responded to the man: “ I am thanking him for not having given me illness, accidents, calamity and injury.” I am thanking him for have not given me excessive money. Because maybe that excess might have caused me to deviate, is that not so"? Then with astonished the perplexed and astonished looks of this man he got up and slowly headed toward the exit of the mosque.
Benefaction and evil come from God. God gives benefaction and evil to whom he wishes. For both we should praise God. For the evil God has given us we do not thank but instead praise Him. That is the difference between thanks and praise.
Actually, there are many reasons for us to thank God.
If you count the favors of God you will not be able to calculate. Assuredly God is forgiving and kind. VERSE 18, THE BEEs (NAHL) SURA 16
Only those who have asthma can acknowledge what a blessing it is to be able to healthily breathe. The significance of systolic and diastolic rhythm is best acknowledged by those with heart disease. If we can breathe healthily this is because our Lord has not given us illness. This is what it means to thank God for what he has not given us.
There are at least two important points in faith: First, to be sincere and willng. That is, the heart and tongue should conform to one another in what they say and we should willingly direct ourselves to God.
Then he turned to the heavens and it was smoke. So He said to it and the earth: “ Come with willing obedience or perforce.” They said: We came willingly Verse 11, ASSAJDAH, ADORATION, AS SAJDAH, SURE 41.
The second significant point is to unconditionally believe. When you believe in God you can not believe on condition. For instance, you have not been mandated to say: I will worship You if you make me prosperous.” He may or may not give. Besides, if you can breathe healthily and you have good mental health, that alone suffices for you to thank Him
One day I saw a man at the mosque who did not have his legs from the knee down. He came walking with his arms and prayed beside me. I looked at him and then at myself. . .that man, though having not been given by God, had come to thank the Creator. At that moment I felt ashamed of myself.
Do not thank Him for only those that he has, but also for those he has not given. Because He can take away from you tomorrow, if He wishes, what you have today.
As humans, we, generally, thank those who have given us something. But we just don’t think of thanking the One who has made them give. Thank those who have given you something. But do not neglect Him who has made them give. Do not forget: Those who help humans are actually not humans Humans are only a device.
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION
(AKIN ÖRSMEN 5.4.2009
SHOWING THE WAY
(*)The Quranic verses are taken from Ahmed Ali’s translation,Al-Quran Princeteon University Press, fifth printing 1994