Thursday, November 02, 2006

Message for Friday - Remembering and thanking G'd obligates us to appreciate each other

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
فَٱذْكُرُونِيۤ أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ - 2:152
G'd says in the Qur'an: "Remember me then I will remember you, and be thankful to me and do not be ungrateful."

In Islam, remembering G'd is more than singing praises; the peak of rememberance is obeying G'd in our daily endeavors, including education and economics.
مَنْ أَطَاعَ اللَّه فَقَدْ ذَكَرَ اللَّه
"Whoever obeys G'd most certaintly has remembered G'd." - Prophet Muhammad (SAAS)

Obeying G'd opens the door for the human to receive and benefit more from the blessings and mercy of the Creator. Once the human recognizes that G'd is the source of all blessings, this summons the human to show thanks to his Beloved.

G'd blesses the individual with human beings that assitance and benefit in daily endeavors with HIS permission. In recognition of G'd using fellow humans as instruments of assistance, appreciation should also be shown to others.

لا يشكر الله من لا يشكر الناس - إسناد صحيح رواه أحمد وأبو داود والترمذي
"He does not thank G'd whoever does not appreciate people." - Prophet Muhammad (SAAS)

G'd has set up a method to maintain and enhance the collective pyschological health of society through the recognition of others' good deeds and achievements. Think of how many daily conflicts in work places and schools could be averted if time is taken to recognize and show appreciation for the merits and good deeds of others.

And surely G'd knows best.

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