An-Nawawi on thankfulness and gratitude

July 24, 2013

He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people

By Abu Amina Elias

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

An-Nawawi recorded in his book Riyad us-Saliheen:

Allah the Exalted said:

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

So remember Me, I will remember you. Be thankful to Me and do not be ungrateful.

Surat Al-Baqarah 2:152

And Allah said:

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

Your Lord has proclaimed: If you are grateful I will increase you, but if you are ungrateful then My punishment is severe.

Surat Ibrahim 14:7

And Allah said:

وَقُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي لَمْ يَتَّخِذْ وَلَدًا وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ شَرِيكٌ فِي الْمُلْكِ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ وَلِيٌّ مِّنَ الذُّلِّ وَكَبِّرْهُ تَكْبِيرًا

Say: All praise is due to Allah, who was not taken a son, nor does He have a partner in the dominion, and who needs no protection from weakness, so glorify Him greatly.

Surat Al-Isra 17:111

And Allah said:

دَعْوَاهُمْ فِيهَا سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَتَحِيَّتُهُمْ فِيهَا سَلَامٌ وَآخِرُ دَعْوَاهُمْ أَنِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

Their call therein will be: Glory to you, O Allah. And their greeting therein will be peace. The close of their request will be: Allah praises is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Surat Yunus 10:10

Abu Huraira reported: On the night of the Ascension, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was presented with two vessels, one full of wine and the other full of milk. The Prophet looked at them and he chose the vessel full of milk. Gabriel, upon him be peace, said:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي هَدَاكَ لِلْفِطْرَةِ لَوْ أَخَذْتَ الْخَمْرَ غَوَتْ أُمَّتُكَ

All praise is due to Allah who has guided you to that which is natural, for had you selected the wine your nation would have been led astray.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 4432, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

كُلُّ أَمْرٍ ذِي بَالٍ لَا يُبْدَأُ فِيهِ بِالْحَمْدِ أَقْطَعُ

Every matter of importance that is not begun with the praise of Allah will be left deficient.

Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 1894, Grade: Hasan

Abu Musa Al-Ashari reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا مَاتَ وَلَدُ الْعَبْدِ قَالَ اللَّهُ لِمَلَائِكَتِهِ قَبَضْتُمْ وَلَدَ عَبْدِي فَيَقُولُونَ نَعَمْ فَيَقُولُ قَبَضْتُمْ ثَمَرَةَ فُؤَادِهِ فَيَقُولُونَ نَعَمْ فَيَقُولُ مَاذَا قَالَ عَبْدِي فَيَقُولُونَ حَمِدَكَ وَاسْتَرْجَعَ فَيَقُولُ اللَّهُ ابْنُوا لِعَبْدِي بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَسَمُّوهُ بَيْتَ الْحَمْدِ

When the child of a servant dies, Allah says to the angels: Have you taken the life of My servant’s child? They say yes. Allah says: Have you taken the fruit of his heart? They say yes. Allah says: What has My servant said? They say: He has praised You and said to Allah we belong and to Allah we return. Allah says: Build a house for My servant in Paradise and name it the House of Praise.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1021, Grade: Hasan

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَيَرْضَى عَنْ الْعَبْدِ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ الْأَكْلَةَ فَيَحْمَدَهُ عَلَيْهَا أَوْ يَشْرَبَ الشَّرْبَةَ فَيَحْمَدَهُ عَلَيْهَا

Verily, Allah is pleased with the servant who praises Him when he eats and he praises Him when he drinks.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2734, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لاَ يَشْكُرُ اللَّهَ مَنْ لاَ يَشْكُرُ النَّاسَ

He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4811, Grade: Sahih

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.