Gratitude Part 1

Gratitude Part 1
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 9th October 2020 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester

Gratitude can be shown in every part of our daily life; from the food we eat, to the health and wealth that Allah has blessed us with. This two-part series explores a variety of blessings we should be grateful for, how to express gratitude and the dangers of ingratitude.

This talk begins with the connection between ingratitude and disbelief and how these are explained with examples from the Quran. Ingratitude towards other people and the origin of the word ‘kufr’ are explained in this context.

The talk also emphasises our many blessings, including the gift of life itself, and how well-off we are compared to many others. Gratitude is explained to be part of a healthy lifestyle also by worldly practitioners; having a positive impact on one’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. The negative consequences of ingratitude, such as envy, are contrasted to this.

Gratitude and patience are mentioned to be two sides of the same coin; giving the same reward which can be utilised in all the situations of a believer. In the end of the talk, guidance (hidāyah) is put forth as being the greatest gift of all.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics for this talk:

0:00 – Intro: Connection between ingratitude and disbelief
13:20 – The meaning of ‘kufr’
22:25 – Grateful for the gift of life
32:19 – Gratitude being a healthy lifestyle
45:35 – The gift of time
55:28 – Positive effects of shukr

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