Ash-Shākir Ash-Shakūr (The Appreciative -The Ever-Appreciative)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“A man saw a dog eating moist earth on account of (severe) thirst. The man took his shoe (and filled it with water) and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So, Allah appreciated his deed and admitted him into Paradise.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri]

Praising Himself, Allah Almighty says:

{...Allah is Appreciative, All-Knowing.}

[Surat an-Nisā’: 147]

He also says:

{...Allah is Ever-Appreciative, Forbearing}

[Surat at-Taghābun: 17]

Our Lord appreciates our little acts of obedience and gives abundant rewards for them and even multiplies the rewards many times, with no limit.

{Whoever comes with a good deed will be rewarded tenfold, but whoever comes with an evil deed will only be punished with its like; and none will be wronged.}

[Surat al-An‘ām: 160]

Our Lord even appreciates our gratitude to Him and in return increases His blessings and bounty towards us.

{Whatever blessing you have, it is from Allah...}

[Surat an-Nahl: 53]

Our Lord also appreciates the deeds of His servants by praising them among His angels and His high company and by making them appreciated amongst other people on earth.

{O descendants of those whom We carried [on board] with Noah. He was indeed a grateful slave.}

[Surat al-Isrā’: 3]

Our Lord forgives many sins and accepts small good deeds and gives rewards for them.

{...Indeed, our Lord is All-Forgiving, Ever-Appreciative}

[Surat Fātir: 34]

Indeed, our Lord bestows a lot of blessings and is pleased with little gratitude.

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Allah is pleased with a person who eats some food and then praises Him for it, or who drinks some drink and then praises Him for it.”

[Narrated by Muslim]

In another Hadīth, the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Whoever says in the morning:

“ ‘Allāhumma ma asbaha bi min ni‘matin faminka wahdaka la sharīka lak, falaka al-hamdu walaka ash-shukr (O Allah, whatever favor has come to me, it comes from You alone, with no partner; so to You praise and thanks are due)’, he will have expressed full gratitude of the day; and if anyone says the same in the evening, he will have expressed full gratitude of the night.”

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Hasan (sound)]

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