Taking it for granted
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If you decide to be appreciative, He is pleased for you. No soul bears the sins of any other soul. Ultimately, to your Lord is your return, then He will inform you of everything you had done. He is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.
Here are some wise thoughts from Luqmaan and Solomon, respectively, regarding appreciation.
[31:12] We have endowed Luqmaan with wisdom: “You shall be appreciative of GOD.” Whoever is appreciative is appreciative for his own good. As for those who turn unappreciative, GOD is in no need, Praiseworthy.
[27:40] The one who possessed knowledge from the book said, “I can bring it to you in the blink of your eye.” When he saw it settled in front of him, he said, “This is a blessing from my Lord, whereby He tests me, to show whether I am appreciative or unappreciative. Whoever is appreciative is appreciative for his own good, and if one turns unappreciative, then my Lord is in no need for him, Most Honorable.”
Being appreciative is a process and includes understanding that everything comes from God, and that God controls everything. We have to be thankful to God and remember Him all the time. This is a reflection of worshipping God alone.
[2:152] You shall remember Me, that I may remember you, and be thankful to Me; do not be unappreciative.
[16:114] Therefore, you shall eat from GOD’s provisions everything that is lawful and good, and be appreciative of GOD’s blessings, if you do worship Him alone.
Now, take a minute and close your eyes. Think about some of the things or people that you have failed to appreciate and taken for granted. Then thank God for them and start counting your blessings more often.
There is soooooooooo much to be thankful for, it is impossible to encompass them all! So, let us do the best we can. God knows our intention. He is the Most Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of the universe.
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A Reader’s Voice From Malaysia
Greetings of peace, Brothers and Sisters,
I am a considering Islam in a different way, based on the Qur'an, and have been seeking for lots of answers to my questions. It's been my sincere intention to seek Islamic websites to gain better understanding of the religion.
However I am one person, who do not find myself agreeing to all Hadiths and Sunnah as the Word of God. I prefer to seek only the Quran. I believe such a Word of God should not be interpreted wrongly, thus abusing its core message to the world. I was formerly a Christian and now, after being a revert, I am growing to learn better about my understandings in Islam only thru the Internet at the Cybercafe. I do not agree with most of the teachings of Islam at the common place I obtained understanding about Islam.
Thus I came across your website by coincidence. It was good that I did, because when I seeked, I found that no one else agrees with me in my country, or I would say rarely believe in what I think. We believe in 1 God Almighty and why should we idolize any Prophet at all? The Hadiths and Sunnahs has cause dramatically huge problems in Islam, splitting them into hundreds of sect. Why so many different ideas from ONE SOLE SOURCE - Qur'an?? This concludes that their brains are getting destroyed with those human made Hadiths and Sunnahs.
It is so clear what I thought about the Hadiths and Sunnah as being man-made is clearly stated in the Qur'an. Read below:
[2:79] Therefore, woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands, then say, "This is what GOD has revealed," seeking a cheap material gain. Woe to them for such distortion, and woe to them for their illicit gains.
…Please consider sending me Dr Rashad Khalifa's Qur'an in English Translation. I do not need the Arabic parallel at all. I just need the English translated Qur'an by Dr. Rashad Khalifa that I saw in your website. Help me in this, please. I sincerely cannot afford to purchase and my husband is not in good earning position to assist me. I came specifically to the Internet Cafe to write to you because I do not have a Connection at home. I am humbly asking your kind help in this.
[3:77] As for those who trade away GOD's covenant, and their obligations, for a cheap price, they receive no share in the Hereafter. GOD will not speak to them, nor look at them, on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. They have incurred a painful retribution.
I have approached you having faith that I am one of a Submitter. But without any help from you in providing me this beautiful WORD of GOD, I am unable to read and drink deeply into the WORD of GOD.…
I sincerely hope you will reply me soon. I am grateful to voice out my deepest feelings.
God Bless You... and May His peace be with you always...
… I am so in love with the Quran you sent. I read the other book as well about how we idolize the Prophet Muhammad and the truth about the Hadiths that caused so much division today, and the Newsletters were so amazing...
All God's blessings, peace and love be upon you always…