Thankfulness in the Quran
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2: 152]
Just like the verse above, in the Quran Allah has mentioned again and again to be grateful to him for the blessings he endows upon us and to say thank you. Why? Is it because Allah needs our thanks? Certainly not. Is it because our gratefulness will make a difference to him? Absolutely not! Allah asks us to be thankful to him all the time in the Quran because it is US who it going to make a difference to.
Allah is in control over the universe and the heavens which He has specifically mentioned in the holy Book of Quran. We must learn by reciting His word that our lives are in His control too. He will give us blessings, He will give us wealth and He will make us successful. That is the word of Allah in the Quran so are we so silly to not believe it?
So what should we thank Allah for? Allah has told us in the Quran this as well. We must thank him for EVERYTHING. When Allah gives you money, thank Him. When He guides you to the straight path, thank Him. When He gives you happiness, thank Him. When he gives you faith, THANK HIM! Thank Him all the time, every single time. Because Allah has said to us in the Quran again and again that doing so will benefit us.
"And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self" (Luqman 31:12)3. "For surely if it was not for the grace of God on you and His mercy, you would have been among the losers" (Al-Baqarah 2:64). Such an amazing ayah where Allah has Himself told us that it will benefit ourselves to thank Him for our blessings. Why then must we be so arrogant as to think it was our own doing, that only ourselves are to be patted on the back? No. For it is Allah that has given us the ability to achieve, to work hard, to think to be excellent.
At another place in the Quran, Allah has said “…And If you would count the blessings of Allah you would not be able to count them…” [Surah Ibrahim 14:34] So are we not to be humble and tell Allah how immensely grateful we are to have got all those unlimited blessings, many of which we don’t even know exist? Will we not bow down in front of him then and ask for forgiveness of our sins? Certainly we would. So let us ponder over the bounties that Allah has sent our way and sincerely and with all our heart thank the Creator for giving them to us as He himself has asked us to do in His Holy Book.