Realizing the great blessing of Allaah The Almighty upon His slaves

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2-   Realizing the great blessing of Allaah The Almighty upon His slaves:

At-Taahir ibn ‘Aashoor, said, “Perhaps mentioning the blessings can substitute the command for obedience, because noble souls are disposed by nature to obey the commands of the benefactor. Naturally, benevolence leads to mutual love.” [At-Tahreer wat-Tanweer]

Human souls are disposed by nature to loving whoever does favors to them. Therefore, Allaah The Almighty commanded us to speak about His blessings upon us because this instills His love in the heart. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].} [Quran 93:11]

The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Love Allaah The Almighty for His blessings upon you, love me out of your love for Allaah, and love my household out of your love for me.” [At-Tirmithi: Hasan Ghareeb]

Al-Fudhayl, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “Allaah The Almighty revealed to Prophet Daawood, may Allaah exalt his mention: 'Love Me, love whoever loves Me, and endear Me to My slaves.' He replied, 'My Lord I know how to love You and how to love those who love You, but how can I endear You to Your slaves?' Allaah The Almighty Said: 'Mention My sublime and most beautiful Attributes before them.'”

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “Contemplating the blessings of Allaah The Almighty is the best act of worship.”

Thun-Noon, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “You can know Allaah The Almighty by doing three things: contemplating how Allaah The Almighty managed the affairs, estimated the decrees and created the creatures.”

So, think about your state: From what were you created? Who provided you with all these blessings? Look and consider how did He grant you some blessings and deprive others? Does this not necessitate thanking and obeying Him? Do you not know that He has deprived you of things out of fear for you and to protect you from what may lead you to your doom?

The problem is that we want this world, but Allaah The Almighty wants the Hereafter for us.

Listen to these verses several times and recall the situations that still stick to your mind, then say, “Were it not for the Mercy of Allaah The Almighty such-and-such would not have happened! Thanks to Allaah The Almighty who favored me with all these blessings and favored me over many of His slaves!”

Allaah The Exalted Says to his Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, (what means): {Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge? * And He found you lost and guided [you], * And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.} [Quran 93:6-8]

Imagine the influence of these verses upon the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and imagine your condition and ask yourself: Did He not find you….? Did He not find you …?

Then, what did you do with Him? You disobeyed Him and deviated from His path? Is there anything worse than this? Are you still reluctant to adhere to the teachings of Islam? Do you (O women) still hate Hijaab (Islamic covering)? Are you still negligent about prayer? Do you still have a girlfriend or a boyfriend? Are you still an addict? Do you still spend the night at places of prohibited entertainment? Are you still fleeing from Allaah The Exalted while He is The One who granted you all the blessings that you use to disobey Him? 

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