Friday, April 10, 2015

On shukur and the richest inheritance


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

I kept listening to the words of Habib Umar Al Jailani as recorded in a video on Al Falah TV and this particular thing he mentioned was absolutely profound.

Habib Umar quoted the sayings of the wise that for each expression of gratitude we utter, for each shukur we say or make or feel, by itself deserves a shukur. For it is He who grants the bounty of gratitude. That gratitude itself is something that we must be thankful and grateful for. It's like for every shukranlillah, for every shukrulillah for every Alhamdulillah that leaves our lips, we should be saying another shukranlillah, another shukrulillah and another Alhamdulillah. And subhanallah, that will be endless, that shukur in itself is eternally repeating and recurring.

This faqir is utterly humbled this morning for the simple joys of life which Allah keeps giving. The qudrah to drive to the zakat center this morning, that the drive was smooth and easy, the joy of being the first visitor, the joy of having a woman opened the door when she saw me approaching from afar, the smile on her face, that I had the honor to flip the 'Close' sign to 'Open' as if it's my store [heh heh]. The joy of hearing the du'a made by the amil (zakat collector), the depth of sincerity in his voice, the joy of being given a small gift for the transaction, a blue notebook [that matches my new gadget - Surface!] can we ever count the simple joys in life brought to us by the Lord day in day out. Subhanallah, the joy of seeing His qudrah and generosity manifesting through us. Indeed Al Kareem is He and no words can describe His richness and His loving gestures.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. For that Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah, we say one more time Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

For all the blessings in life, we surely have to thank our parents for having delivered us to this world.

In relation to that, I have learned something strikingly true from the wisdom of one author named Thich Nath Hanh, a Vietnamese zen master, the author of How to Love. Picked this gem from Brain Pickings by the way.

Let me quote one of many brilliant quotes from the said book. It is apt as we pause to think and be grateful for our father and mother and how far we have traversed this life, thanks to them.

Thich Nath Hanh says:
"If our parents didn't love and understand each other, how are we to know what love looks like?...The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness. Our parents may be able to leave us money, houses and land, but they may not be happy people. If we have happy parents, we have received the richest inheritance of all."

Today, as many times before, I am thankful for my happy parents for their love and for a good name loaded with rich meanings.

May we live up to the name as intended by our father and mother. Ameen.

Happy Friday folks : )
Exa @ Miss Quintillion


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