May 26, 2024

Surah Ibrahim – Ayah 8

اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
اَعُوْذُبِااللّٰہِ مِنَ الشَّیْطٰنِ الرَّجِيْم
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

*_Today’s Thought for the day is from Surah Ibrahim Ayah 8_*

*وَقَالَ مُوۡسٰٓى اِنۡ تَكۡفُرُوۡۤا اَنۡـتُمۡ وَمَنۡ فِى الۡاَرۡضِ جَمِيۡعًا ۙ فَاِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَـغَنِىٌّ حَمِيۡدٌ‏.(8)*

*_And Moosa said: Even if you are ungrateful, you and all who are on earth together, verily Allah is Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy.(8)_*

اور موسیٰ نے (صاف صاف) کہہ دیا کہ اگر تم اور جتنے اور لوگ زمین میں ہیں سب کے سب ناشکری کرو تو خدا بھی بےنیاز (اور) قابل تعریف ہے.(8)

The Ayah makes a reference of Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) and his people here to warn the people of Makkah of the consequences of their ingratitude towards this favor of Allah Azzawajal that HE SWT has raised Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from among them. This was a timely warning, for at that time they were showing ingratitude by rejecting that message. They were, therefore, warned to learn a lesson from the miserable condition of the Israelites, which was the result of their ingratitude to and rebellion against Allah’s favors.‼️

The words *شكر(Shakar) and كفر(kafar)* can be compared here. There is nothing in the middle of it, if you are not thankful, then you will actually be disbelieving.This is like Allah Azzawajal’s saying in Surah Baqarah:152

*فَاذۡكُرُوۡنِىۡٓ اَذۡكُرۡكُمۡ وَاشۡکُرُوۡا لِىۡ وَلَا تَكۡفُرُوۡنِ*(2:152)

*_So remember Me and I shall remember you; give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful to Me for My favours.(2:152)_*

*_Act of the Day is:_* to understand that Allah Subhanahu wa taa’la is free of all needs, and HE SWT worthy of every praise.‼️ _Even if all inhabitants of the earth become ungrateful to Allah Azzawajal it is not going to cause any loss to HIM. As for HIM, HE SWT needs no praise or gratitude for Himself. HE SWT is Independent. HE SWT is beyond that. HE SWT is intrinsically Praised and deserving of praise. If we do not praise HIM, the angels do and so does every particle of this universe. Acts of obedience do not add to HIS dominion and acts of disobedience do not detract from it, for HE SWT is perfectly self-sufficient, praiseworthy in HIS essence, names, attributes and actions. HE SWT has no attributes but attributes of the utmost praiseworthiness and perfection, HE SWT has no names but the best of names and HE SWT does no actions but actions of the utmost goodness._

— To understand that *Indeed it is human life that is elevated through thanking Allah Azzawajal for HIS grace.* _People’s souls are purified by turning to HIM, and by giving thanks where thanks belong. They are reassured when they establish a bond with the ONE who bestows abounding grace._ They do not fear that blessings are withdrawn. They do not feel heart-broken when they miss something they would have liked. Allah, the Most Gracious, is there and HE SWT bestows HIS grace in abundance. Such grace then is increased when people show their gratitude.

*_May Allah Subhanahu wa taa’la grant us the ability to always remain grateful for all the favours and save us ingratitude and disbelief. Aa’meen Ya’Rabbul Aa’lameen._*

JazaK Allâhu khair !