As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,
Yes Sir, Thank You Very Much!
watching an international news channel the other day and was amazed to see a
group of people talking about the good they’ve done for others.
immediately repulsed but it did make me ponder.
I know we
should always acknowledge those who have helped us, right? Remembering the good
done to us keeps us humble and reminds us to extend this good to others too.
a Chinese proverb says,
eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
And I totally
agree with this.
proverb clearly talks about the recipient of the good deeds, you agree? The one
receiving should always remember the one giving.
like being thankful to our parents for raising us, our teachers for teaching us
the basics like A B C to the wisdom of life, friends who are up all night,
listening to our endless songs of joy and sorrow.
we should always thank them.
Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) instructed us
to thank those who help us when he said,
"He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah." (Ahmad,
reminded us on the importance of thanking those who have helped us and
conferred favours on us. We should always be grateful.
a Deen that teaches excellent manners. It is always concerned with human
relationships and how we interact with each other.
I continue wondering…
Why is it
that not being thankful to a human being equals not being thankful to Allah,
our Lord? Why is thanking a person given so much importance?
me realise something significant …
the only reason one is able to help another is because Allah has allowed him
to. It is by His Grace, His Love, His Mercy and His Permission that we receive
help, assistance and kindness from them. And the so-called favour, help, assistance etc wont happen without Allah’s
Permission. Never. Ever. Ever.
And of course, that particular person was chosen by Allah to
deliver His help to us!
And that is why we have to be thankful to the people who has helped us. It is all
clear to me now.
next question is,
the Prophet (SAW) mean by thanking? Is it merely saying “Thank You” or is there
Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said,
Whoever does you a favour, then reciprocate, and if
you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him until you
think that you have reciprocated him.
(Narrated by Abu Dawood).
we should reciprocate equally. And if we cannot find a way to return the
favour, then the Prophet (SAW) said we should pray for all that is good for
this person, InshaAllah.
should we pray for him?
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Whoever has a favour done for him and says to
the one who did it, ‘Jazak Allaahu khayran,’ has done enough to thank him.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi & Abu Dawood)
saying JazakAllah Khayran to the person for helping us, sending us gifts,
showing us kindness, doing us favours, we have done enough to thank him.
how beautiful and easy Allah has made it for us to show gratitude, you agree?
duaa for them, by saying JazakAllah Khayran, which means “May Allah reward you
with goodness”, we have done our part in reciprocating them!
best repays favours than The Owner and The Creator of the universe right?
is not the point of this story.
here is this – what if the ones who do good deeds are the very ones who remind
us of them? What if they are the ones who constantly and repeatedly demand that
we should remember their deeds? What of those who are given responsibilities
and then demand we thank them for carrying out what was only their duty? What
about them who voluntarily give us gifts, then remind us that we should not
only be thankful but we should repay them?
me question their sincerity and honesty.
not help but wonder if they knew the consequences of their actions.
from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah's peace and blessings be upon
him) crossed my mind,
There are three people that Allaah will not speak to on the Day of Judgement, will not look at them, will not purify them; and for them is a painful punishment: one who lets his Izar hang below his ankles, the Mannan with what he gives, and the Munffiq who does his business with false oaths. (Muslim)
(A mannan is one who always reminds others of the favours and good that he has done for them)
beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said
that Allaah will not speak to 3 types of people on the Day of Judgement.
Al Mighty will not speak, will not look, will not purify and will punish these
3 types of people on the Day of Judgement.
these 3 are the people who always speak about the favours and good they do for
Astaghfirullaah, this very statement made my tummy
ponder over this.
scary when the only One who can help us on that Day refuses to not only speak
but even to look at us?
Allaah turning away His face from us. Na’uzubillaah….
It would be bad
enough if our parents, friends or even strangers turn away from us right?
Allaah our Creator?
Ya Allaah, I beg and seek Your
protection from such a catastrophe.
sad thinking of the deed-reminders. Are they aware of the severity of their
Do they know
that they are only able to do all that good because Allaah has allowed them to?
Don’t they realise that they are able to be the upper hand simply because
Allaah has blessed them with the ability to be that? Do they actually think
they could have done it all without Allaah’s permission? Can’t they feel that
far from asking us to thank them, they should be thanking Allaah instead?
of amplifying themselves, they should be humble in admitting Allaah’s favours
on them and make sincere prayers that their deeds be accepted in the Hereafter.
Instead of glorifying themselves, they should be glorifying Allaah.
what do they look for when doing good to others. Name? Fame? Or honour and
respect? Or do they want recognition, credit and admiration? Could they be
looking for appreciation and acknowledgement? Or possibly they want influence,
control and power?
reminded of a powerful quote by Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak.
think, reflect and ponder over it…
If someone gave you a beautiful, expensive new hat,
wouldn’t you be grateful for the generous gift? But shouldn’t you be even more
grateful for the One Who gave you the head to put that hat on.
we, my brothers and sisters?
importantly, shouldn’t they too?
© Sis Zabrina 2013
Dr Zabrina A. Bakar or better known as Sis Zabrina by her
readers is the creator and author of Bestselling Motivational Book Series ‘Life
is an Open Secret’. She has authored 3 books and written hundreds of inspirational
and motivational stories. All her stories are grounded in spirituality and are
based on true life daily happenings. She blogs at www.wisdomthruwords.blogspot.com
And tweets at @ZabrinaABakar
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