I was walking through the streets of a city that I have been blessed to visit—except it didn’t really feel like a blessing. Everywhere I looked people were yelling, people were fighting and worst of all they were invading my little bubble of privacy that had been unaltered all the years that I was in the United States. I couldn’t even begin to comprehend why there were so many annoying, disrespectful people in one place, and I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Why are there no nice welcoming people here?” I asked myself this question for quite some time (not just hours or days…but months!). And finally I realized that the problem wasn’t the people that I was around; it was my perception of the people I was around.
Sound a bit absurd? Not really.
I began to realize that there were, in fact, some very not-so-nice people that I had to deal with on my daily walk down the street, but I was the one who was taking notice of them. I was the one remembering them. These people made it a point to make themselves known, to make their absurdity apparent, however there were other people around them, the quiet ones, that I had never paid attention to. These were the people who were living their lives in such a manner that they would never hurt a soul, nor would they invade anyone’s personal bubble without permission first. But my brain ignored them, because they were “normal.” So while I was losing faith in humanity, humanity was going about unnoticed right before my eyes.
I made a decision that day, to notice the quiet people. To notice the kind, polite, well-mannered individuals that I had once taken for granted. As I did this, something amazing began to happen; more and more “good people” were appearing before my eyes. From the man who got off the bus at a stop that wasn’t his so that I could take his seat—to the woman who offered to pay for a beggar’s lunch. The more I focused on the good in people, the more good people I saw. The more I focused on the amazingness of the quite ones, the more amazing people I met. I began to train my brain to see the positive, rather than to hold on to the negative like I had been training myself to do for so long, and it made all the difference. It brought to mind an ayah (verse) in the Qur’an that I had not understood in this light until now:
“’If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor],’” (Qur’an 14:7)
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) tells us that if we are thankful, if we are in a state of hamd (praise of God) internally, then He will bless us and increase us in the favors that he has bestowed upon us. Of course this is in the literal sense, that He will grant us more and more of the things we want, but it is also includes something a little bit different: The more we are thankful for the blessings that Allah (swt) gives us, the more He will make us aware of the blessings that He has placed in our lives. Every day we carry on surrounded by a multitude of blessings that we don’t even realize we have, or that we ignore because we have just gotten so used to them. But when we take a moment to recognize the blessings that we are given and actually thank God for them, He increases us in the awareness of those blessings, filling our lives with a joy that was possible all along, but we had been pushing away.
Yesterday, I was taking public transportation to a local mall and as I was sitting there, a man got on the bus. He had his phone to his ear and it was reading out something to him: “December 29th, 1:06 pm.” He was blind. He was not able to see the world as I could, he was not able to even check his phone himself. Silently, at that moment, I thanked God for the blessing He had bestowed upon me, that I take advantage of each day without thinking twice—sight. And after I thanked Him, I began to take notice of the many blessings that came along with sight. The blessing of seeing the birds fly across the sky. The blessing of seeing the streets as I crossed them. The blessing of seeing hazardous things and being able to turn away from them. The blessing of experiencing life through the blessing of vision. Silently, again, I said to myself, “’If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].’”
When the world starts getting dark and filled with negative and ugly things, take a moment to notice the blessings. Take a moment to realize the good that God has placed in your life, and then thank Him, and then watch as He increases you.
Beautifully written! Thanks for the reminder 🙂
This was a much needed reminder. May Allah reward you and allow us all to see His blessings, daily!
as if you wrote this for me reebo! much needed, much appreciated and mashaAllah beautiful reflections <3 barak Allahu fiki
Haliamudulilah(praise be to Allah). Jazzakalau khoir wa jazza for this beautiful post.I will rather say that it’s (this article) all about remembring Allah subuhana wa Ta’la(the Exalted) most upon seeing His magnificient creatures everywhere.Pondering over what we see in our visinity will leads to praising is Existence and His power over His creatures.From an hadeeth which sayr “Fear Allah wherever you are. And follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out. And behave towards the people with a good behaviour.” salam to all.
Alhamdulillah for this post. JazakAllahu khairan
Maashaa Allah. That is my method of keeping the favours of Allah bestowed upon me in my mind these days and also recognising how great Allah is in everything that surrounds me, both good and bad. Jazaakumul Laahu khairan for sharing
Jazakallah khair for this much needed and very eloquent post!
JazakiAllahu khayr for beautiful reminder. Alhamdulillah for everything!
jazakillahu khairan Reehab.
I too would have not understood that Quran quote had you not gave the example..everyday I think of the negative in things and fail to acknowledge how much Allah swt has given me in this life..May we all remember and ponder on how beneficient and merciful allah is in times of doubt and forgetfulness ameen. Jzk for sharing this
Never thought of it that way. JazakhAllah for the great article!
Masha Allah. We should not act in the manner of the fly which only spot the filth rather we should be like the bee which goes for the nectar only. Brother Suhaib may you have coolness of the eyes. Jazakallah khairan.
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ppl see wht they want to see…..it took a long time for me to understand this,,,though sometimes i do forget it unintentionally….
bdw i must say magnificent writing….i wish i can do that too….to touch n show light millions of staggering heart with few words………i wish …i wish
Wonderful piece! Indeed so many blessings go unnoticed. Thanks for this reminder!
MashaAllah a beautiful reminder.
beautiful expression, a much needed reminder, thanku
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
Alhamdulilah for this
Subhana’Allah…such a great reminder…..May Allah (swt) bless u and reward u in this world and the hereafter….ameen
Alhamdulillah! May Allah forgive us, open our eyes and increase us all!
Indeed there are so many blessings if we really stop and ponder! Jazak Allah for this extremely beautiful post!
Indeed a reality check! “Aaur tum apnay rab ki ki kon kon see naimat ko jhutlao gay”
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