Friday is probably the best day of the week for me for a number of reasons. To begin I have to lead the prayers at Rugby Mosque and to be able to provide a service to the Muslim Ummah is an honour whilst the peaceful journey there and back is a bonus. As the evening comes I get to see my adorable niece and nephew. Although looking after them and playing with them is like a full time job it is the best moments of my day and even my week. And without any surprise I sleep well after being drained out of all the energy I possessed.
Saturday, although being accounts day is also something I look forward to as we have football matches and therefore something else I enjoy and await during the week. After which my day usually ends in resting and some paperwork.
Finally, Sunday is family day and it is always a pleasure that needs no description or explanation.
However, this week went a ‘little’ different for me. It was a week where I realised that despite realising the value of the things we have, we only realise its true value when we actually lose it.
The weekend began as normal and I had my game of football as planned. The game was fun and winning was obviously even better. However, after a couple of hours after returning from football, I realised that I had an itch on my eye-lid and that it was a little painful. As usual, I left it to my body to deal with it and continued with my day. That evening, without actually realising, my eye had swollen and become red and I was hardly able to open it; forced to continue my activities with the aid of one eye I was hoping it would resolve sooner than later.
On Sunday, my eye went from bad to worse and I was unable to see anything from that eye, and to make matters worse my other eye was continuously watering and it was difficult to clearly see from there either.
The tasks which I carried out day after day without a second thought are now tasks that take a great deal of concentration and last forever.
…And I am still to experience how hard it is with an eye like this…
At times we tend to forget the gifts and bounties of Allah, especially those we have take for granted, like our eyes, hands, feet, speech etc. And then there are some that realise that we have been given these gifts yet they fail to realise how precious and valuable these gifts really are.
There are only a few people who realise the value of these gifts and many of these are those who have lost them. Ask the value of sight to a person who was once able to see; ask the value of speech to someone who is no longer able to talk; tell a person to explain the value of legs to someone who is now in a wheelchair…
Many a times we fail to show enough gratitude to Allah for the gifts He has given us and many of us feel it is enough thanks by just raising our hands and thanking Allah once in a while for these gifts.
The ‘Ulamaa (scholars) have mentioned the true method of thankfulness for all the gifts of Allah:
01. Thank Allah through “speech”.
We should all take time out to raise our hands in front of Allah and utter words of thanks and appreciation. This is thanking Allah by means of one’s tongue.
02. Thank Allah through “appreciation”
It is also necessary for every person to have the feeling of appreciation for the gifts Allah has given to us. This is thanking Allah through one’s heart.
03. Thanking Allah through “Actions”
This is where many people fail to thank Allah. We should show appreciation and thanks to Allah through our actions and this is achieved in two ways.
Firstly, we should thank Allah by our actions in general. And secondly, we should show appreciation through the particular parts of our body. For example, to show appreciation for our tongue we should not utter anything that would displease Allah; for appreciation for our eyes we should not look at anything which Allah has forbidden us to look at; and so forth.
I pray to Allah that He gives us the true understanding of His gifts and bounties and thereafter He gives us the ability, understanding and inclination to thank Him through the many channels He has made known to us. Aameen.
Please do remember me in your Duas.