Grateful for All the Favors of Our Lord

Islamic Relief USA - Turkey DistributionToday, there is much to be grateful for. Islamic Relief USA partnered with American Third Pillar Charities this week to give out 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys — along with all the fixings—to 1,000 low-income families in Washington, D.C. The community was incredibly warm and grateful for the service. The event was about more than turkeys — it was about community.

This time of year, America reflects on things to be grateful for. As Muslims, we are grateful year-round.

Even when world issues worry us, we see great beauty and peace in Allah’s blessings all around. Blessings like wonderful people — like the woman who brought us these flowers and hand-written card earlier this month.

And people like YOU, who care about others and make the world a better place.

When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the first revelation and returned, shaken, to Khadijah (RA), she reassured him this way:

“Allah would never humiliate you, for you keep good relations with your relatives, you are true to your word, you help those who are in need, you support the weak, you feed the guest and you answer the call of those who are in distress.”

We want to remind you that you follow in his beautiful tradition by helping those in need and supporting the weak. May Allah reward you for all the good that you do.

In times of any worry, we invite you to take a moment and look around at some of Allah’s other great blessings that bring peace to our hearts.

Watch the clouds drift through the vast sky.

Watch the sunrise — so beautiful that if it happened only once a year, we would all be outside on folding chairs, taking photos. Alhamdulillah, we are blessed to see this incredible blessing every day.

Watch a child learn something new.

Watch birds fly through the air and fish swim through the sea.

Watch the beauty of good people working together.

We are grateful for all of it, and we’re grateful for you.

From Surah Ar-Rahman …
“The Most Beneficent (Allah)!
Has taught the Qur’an.
He created man.
He taught him eloquent speech.
The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses (exactly) calculated with measured out stages for each
And the stars and the trees both prostrate.
And the heaven He has raised high, and He has set up the Balance.
In order that you may not transgress (due) balance.
And observe the weight with equity and do not make the balance deficient.
And the earth He has put for the creatures.
Therein are fruits, date-palms producing sheathed fruit-stalks (enclosing dates).
And also corn, with leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-scented plants.
Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you deny?
He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.
And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire.
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?
(He is) the Lord of the two easts and the Lord of the two wests.
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?
He has let loosed the two seas meeting together.
Between them is a barrier which none of them can transgress.
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?
Out of them both come out pearl and coral.
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?
And His are the ships going and coming in the seas, like mountains.
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you deny?”