Gratitude for blessings


“Indeed, showing compassion and empathy towards humanity is a significant form of worship and a powerful means to gain the pleasure of Allah the Exalted. However, I observe a notable weakness in this aspect. Others are often regarded as inferior and subjected to ridicule. Looking after them and assisting in their times of trouble and hardship seems to be a distant concern. I fear for those who do not treat the impoverished with kindness but rather deem them insignificant – they themselves might fall into such misfortunes. The true expression of gratitude for the blessings bestowed by Allah the Exalted is to treat His creation with kindness and benevolence. One must not become arrogant due to divine favours, nor should they oppress the poor like savages.”

(Al Hakam, 10 November 1905; Malfuzat [1988], Vol. 4, p. 439)

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