قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تقبل توبة العبد ما لم يغرغر أخرجه الترمذي وابن الماجه
The Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] said: “The slave’s repentance is accepted until he gives the death rattle.” Transmitted to us by the authority of al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.
Imam al-Ghazali relates to us from the Revival of the Religious Sciences, Ihya’ Ulum al-Din, from the book: The Remembrance of Death and The Afterlife, by which he conveys for us the nature of a dying man: He peers out on the world and its people for one last time while the door of repentance is closed for good. In doing so, he is overcome with sorrow and remorse.
قال إمام الغزالي في كتابه إحياء علوم الدين في الكتاب العاشر, ذكر الموت وما بعده : لن يتيسر الاستعداد للشيء إلا تجدد ذكره على القلب
Imam al-Ghazāli said, in his opus, Ihyā’ Ulum al-Dīn, the tenth book in the collection entitled, The Remembrace of Death and What Happens After It:
“Preparing for a thing will never be easy without continued reminders concerning that very thing, in the heart.”
First Khutbah – Main Points
الله الذي خلق السموت والأرض وأنزل من السماء ماء فأخرج به من الثمرت رزقا لكم – وسخرلكم الفلك لتجرى في البحر بأمره – و سخرلكم الأنهر
وسخر لكم الشمس والقمر دائبين – وسخرلكم الليل والنهار
وءاتكم من كل ما سألتموه – وإن تعدوا نعمت الله لاتحصوها – إن الإنسن لظلوم كفار
“God is the one Who created the heavens and the earth and sent down rain from the sky, bringing forth from it fruits as a provision. And He has made subservient to you the ships so that you may sail on the open sea by His command. He has also made subservient to you the rivers. He has also made the sun and moon subservient to you, holding steady on two courses. And He has made subservient to you the night as well as the day.
He has given to you everything you have asked for – if you were to count the blessings that God has bestowed, you could never do so. Truly man is wrongdoing, ungrateful.” [Q: 14:32-34]
Let’s open today’s discussion on gratitude by looking at the Majesty of God.
Thankfulness leads to perpetuation of favors already received and also fosters the hope of obtaining what is desired:
وإذ تأذن ربكم لئن شكرتم لأزيدنكم
“And when your Lord proclaimed: ‘if you are give thanks, I will increase you in it!” [Q: 14:7]
وما بكم من نعمة فمن الله
“What ever good you have if from God.” [Q: 16:53] Continue reading “Gratitude In Islam: An Exposition”