Recognition of Gratitude

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following was originally translated by Dr. Alan Godlas.

Imam as-Sulami (q.s.) commented in Haqa’iq at-Tafsir on gratitude in the following verse:

We Bestowed (in the past), wisdom on Luqman: “Show (thy) Gratitude to Allah.”  Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if any is ungrateful verily Allah is Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise. (Surah Luqman:12)

He said, Shaykh Abu ‘Utsman (q.s.) in his kitab to Shaykh Muḥammad ibn al-Fadhl (q.s.) wrote, “Gratitude consists of the maʿrifah of one’s incapacity to be grateful truly, because of one’s awareness of the Grandeur of God and out of the humble acknowledgment of His Awesomeness.  Subsequently, the establishment of God’s Bounty to one appears during one’s vision of the shortcoming of one’s gratitude; hence one becomes grateful.  So this is ‘gratitude belonging to gratitude’.  Then, one becomes grateful within ‘gratitude belonging to gratitude’ for gratitude.  Subsequently, God Ppens the eye of the one’s heart.  Then a person sees that there is no end to embracing one’s gratitude and that gratitude for seeing one’s gratitude is gratitude.


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