|THANKSGIVING – A TIME TO THANK GOD|
|Written by Dr. Shahid Athar|
Sometimes we take things for granted and behave as if we created ourselves and acquired everything we have from our own efforts.
It is He who brought you forth from the wombs of your mother when you knew nothing, and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections, that you may give thanks to God. (Qur'an 16:78)
We thank You God for everything we have, for everything good that happens to us.
Everything good that happens to you (O Mankind) is from God; everything bad that happens to you is from your own actions. (4:79)
We thank You for creating us as humans, the best of creation, with intelligence and five portals to decide what is right and wrong.
Have We not given him (mankind) two eyes, a tongue and a pair of lips, and shown Him the two highways of good and evil. (90:8-10)
Our Lord ! You sustained us through nine months of helpless intrauterine life, continued to provide us with food and other materials to sustain us throughout our life.
O you who believe! Partake of good things which we have provided for you as sustenance, and render thanks to God, if it is truly Him that you worship. (2:172)
We thank You God not only for creating and sustaining us, but also for guiding us, for accepting our prayers and for forgiving us when we wrong ourselves. Thus it is impossible for us to deny You favors upon us.
For how long, you will deny the favors of your Lord. (Qur'an: Surah Ar-Rahman)
We thank You God for our own gains. Whoever is thankful (to God) is in fact thankful for his own self.
But if anyone is ungrateful, God is self-sufficient and glorious. (31:12)
We thank You God for giving us, to live and prosper a spacious land of freedom and opportunity, where 'the weak and oppressed could migrate to.' (See Qur'an 4:97)
We should thank You God by remembering You , not on just one day a year but in our daily life.
Remember Me, I will remember you, thank Me and reject Me not. (Qur'an 2:152)