Strengthening Gratitude in Your Muslim Family: Insights from the Quran

How are you spending your Shawwal? Have you ever paused to take a deep breath and thank Allah SWT for everything He has given you and your family? 

Today, we will take a different perspective in understanding the concept of gratitude in Islam. We are bringing you with us as we explore the wisdom of the Quran and how it teaches us about the power of gratitude in shaping our household.

  1. Gratitude: A Divine Gift from Allah SWT.

As we navigate through life, we often take for granted or forget to acknowledge the blessings provided to us by Allah SWT. We sometimes overlook how the Creator loves it when we recognize and appreciate the endless blessings he gives us. The Quran repeatedly emphasizes the significance of gratitude, teaching us that it is not just a virtue but a way of life. Allah SWT says in Surah Ibrahim (14:7), “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].” This tells us that being thankful gains us favor from Allah SWT. 

  1. Grateful Heart: A Source of Joy

In Islam, we are taught to recite supplication or express gratefulness for another opportunity to live. Imagine waking up every morning with a heart filled with gratitude. It easily sets the tone of your day. The Quran reminds us that gratitude leads to inner peace and contentment. Surah Ar-Rad (13:28) beautifully articulates, “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” When we are grateful, we acknowledge Allah’s countless blessings, creating peace in our minds and hearts. 

  1. Gratitude in Action: A Family Affair

As parents, it is our duty and responsibility to instill gratitude in our children from a young age. This might be a difficult task but there are simpler ways to teach your little ones to be appreciative and thankful of the blessings they receive. Simple acts like saying “Alhamdulillah” for a delicious meal, acknowledging Allah SWT’s creations or appreciating Allah SWT for allowing us to enjoy these creations. These gestures may seem simple, but they can come a long way and surely, Allah SWT will reward you for your efforts.

  1. Teaching Moments: Learning from the Quran

The Quran is filled with stories and verses that mention and gratify gratitude in action. One example is the story of Prophet Ayyub (AS), who remained steadfast in his faith and expressed gratitude despite severe trials and worries. His unwavering faith and gratitude serve as a reminder for us all. Through storytelling, we can impart invaluable lessons to our children, inspiring them to become better Muslims.

  1. Count Your Blessings: A Family Ritual

Counting one’s blessings does not equal boasting. Let’s make it a habit or a ritual to express words of gratitude in our households. Let us encourage each family member to share one thing they are grateful for during breakfast or before bedtime. By fostering an environment of gratitude, we not only strengthen family bonds but also nurture a sense of appreciation for the blessings, both big and small, that surround us. This also reminds us of the countless blessings provided to us despite the negative aspects of life. 

Dear parents and young readers, we hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the beautiful gift of gratitude and how Allah SWT values thankful hearts.  Remember, no matter how old you are, saying ‘thank you’ is one of the easiest ways to spread happiness and show gratitude. So, let’s follow the teachings of the Quran and imprint gratitude in our actions. Alhamdulillah for everything!

May Allah SWT bless our families with gratitude and joy. Ameen.

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