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Islam

Step 8: Gratitude for God' s favors.

Principle: Love

Muslims practice showing gratitude for Creation and all that it encompasses. They show their humility for what they have received. Their prayers reflect their gratitude for all they have been given from daily guidance to the creation of the Universe. Believers follow the example of Prophet Solomon who prayed with deep gratitude, saying "Lord, inspire me to thank you for Your favors to me and my parents and to act righteously so as to please You." (27:19)

Text or Verse

Blessed is He who placed in the heavens constellations of stars,
and placed a burning lamp in it and the luminous moon.
It is He who made the night and day an alternation
for him who cares to reflect and be grateful.
Devotees of Ar-Rahman are those
who walk with humility on the earth and when
they are addressed by the ignorant, say: "Peace;"
and those who spend their nights
bowed and standing before their Lord.
The Qur'an 25:61-64

Practice

The reader of the Qur'an is challenged to ponder the wisdom which is presented through metaphor. The following stanza is an example:

Ships sailing in the ocean like ensigns are a sign of His.
He could stop the wind if He pleased,
then they would be stranded on its surface. (42:32-33)

The Qur'an is asking the reader to consider that all human creations which reflect human intelligence, talent and evolution are dependent on Allah as their source - just as the ship sailing on the ocean is dependent on the wind. Without the wind, the ship would be stranded, idle and without purpose.

Resources

IMAN, Iranian Muslim Organization of North America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

IMAAM Indonesian Muslim Association in America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Center of America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Foundation (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Nation of Islam Study Center (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Qur'an (to order) - Islamic Discovery (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

U.S. Organization of Islam (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

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