Be Thankful for What You Have

21 August 2023 by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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May Allah ﷻ give a good life to people in this world. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla has allotted life, food, drink and everything to everyone. Certainly, all of them reach everyone.

We had a conversation the other day. It was not about what they wore, ate and drank during the time of our Holy Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam, but they asked more about what they wore in their feet while walking. Some people wore shoes and sandals, and some people didn’t have anything. They walked barefoot.

Doctors nowadays say that walking barefoot is beneficial. Back then, sometimes it was beneficial and sometimes it was not, because sometimes there were glass and dirt on the ground. Wearing shoes is better, of course. But back then, by the wisdom of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla poverty was at its peak in old times.

People of the present time cry and whine. But back then, they did not have not only bread but shoes. There were no slippers to put on their feet. However, there was some beauty in that time. Of course, there was the presence of our Holy Prophet ﷺ. Apart from being with him ﷺ, everyone had a house to live in. Some people had a bigger one and some people had a smaller one. There were very small houses as well like cabins or tents. By the wisdom of Allah ﷻ, they had that. Otherwise, the Sahabah and holy ones couldn’t find money to get food. They were hungry for days. If they had to pay rent, then it would completely..

Therefore, Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla appointed everything and gave every person what they need. People of the present time should not say they get this but cannot get that. They must make Shukr for what they get. That is enough with the permission of Allah ﷻ.

Millions and billions of people had lived and gone. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla gave them their Rizq and housing, everything. There was hardship too. Certainly, as it is Dunya, it cannot be without hardship. There must be hardship in Dunya. Sometimes it is in food, sometimes in housing, sometimes in this or that. People must live by and make Shukr. The biggest Shukr is for being on the way of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. If you are praying, the biggest Shukr is for that. If you are fasting, you must make Shukr for that as well, for Allah ﷻ has granted these things to us and we are doing them. There are millions and billions of people who don’t know what they are living for. There are people who always strive to do something just in order to live by. They are unfortunate.

May Allah ﷻ give us all a house to live in. Recently, especially this year, a lot of people have become victims. Both tenants and landlords have hardship as something happened by the wisdom of Allah ﷻ. Therefore, may Allah ﷻ help us all. May He ﷻ give good life and good sustenance to the poor ones and all people insha’Allah. 

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

21 August 2023/5 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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