On our blog post last week, we shared ways that we can control our mind and direct ourselves away from unnecessary worry.
One of the methods to employ was GRATITUDE.
How does gratitude make us better Muslims?
After refusing to bow to Adam, Satan said: “Then I will certainly come to them from before them and from behind them, and from the right-hand side and from the left-hand side, and You (Allah) shall not find most of them thankful.” (Al-Araf 7:17)
Is it not our duty to count our blessings, and run towards our Lord, away from Satan, every chance we get?
Any effort, or action, needs to be compulsively done over a period of time till it manifests into a habit. When there comes a time when you don’t have to take a conscious decision to do it, to stop thinking of something, or to think a particular way, it becomes a tendency in you. To make the feeling of gratitude such a practice, is what Ayeina intended to do.
The sisters duo- Ayeina– have an amazing journal called #AlhamdulillahForSeries.
Their main aim was to make us dig a little deeper, analyze closer what we take advantage of and for granted, and express gratitude for the same. This makes us pay attention to the little details in life, and as the saying goes, it’s the little million things that make life worth living.
On doing this and following the journal, we establish a habit to look for things to be grateful for today, every day. This, my friends, brings a level of optimism and contentment and makes our regular routine, less dreary. We will talk about this in a more detailed REVIEW of the journal, later this month in shaa Allah.
Ayeina had hosted a Gratitude Caption Contest on Instagram a few weeks back. Of course, I wouldn’t miss a chance like that. Besides their beautiful intention to spread the positivity and gain rewards through giving perspective, their gifts were amazing.
Here are a few of the captions that I’d given:
Alhamdulillah for fruits that pair beautiful with chocolate
Alhamdulillah for the gurgles and coos of babies that makes the pain of having a baby simply vanish
Alhamdulillah for the special place for parents of daughters in Islam, that makes us want to have girl children
Alhamdulillah for art and craft supplies. Alhamdulillah for the love for art, passion and ability to to create something pretty
Alhamdulillah for that second line on a pregnancy test
Alhamdulillah for the newborn baby smell, which lingers for much, much longer.
And alhamdulillah, I DID WIN!! The caption chosen was ‘ Alhamdulillah for the promise of meeting loved ones in Jannah who are thousands of miles away in Dunya’. Clearly, I miss so many friends of mine 😦
P.S.: Head over to their voting page for their FACEBOOK round of the gratitude caption contest and vote for you favorite caption here. I promise you will take a while to decide which one to vote for! SubhanAllah! so much to be thankful for!
What are you grateful for today?