بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
First thing I do when I wake up: check my phone. Second thing I do: Pray.
It was a Friday morning when I reached over to pull my phone loose from it’s charging wire. I’ll admit, I wasn’t as gentle as I should’ve been and my wire could’ve easily broken. But hey, I was still groggy and half asleep.
On this particular day I chose to check my Instagram feed first. I was scrolling down past photos of my friends, when my eyes landed on a quote that one of my muslim sisters had posted:
“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for the night before?”
Instantly, I thought back to yesterday and ran through my memories to see if I had said AlhamdulAllah for anything. As my eyes wandered my room, a sinking feeling hit me and I realized that I had literally not thanked God for a single thing in my life. Not just yesterday, but in a long time, because I couldn’t remember a single recent event where I had said it.
With shame, I slowly looked around my room and took in just how blessed I was—still am.
I had all the necessities, with many luxuries mixed in. My guitar and piano and Playstation 4 and laptop and Nike shoes and skateboard all stood as living proof that I had more than what I needed. And I mean sure I would thank my mom when she buys these things for me, but I’ve never thought of extending my gratitude beyond that.
Now, everyday after prayer, I take a quick moment to thank Allah (SWT) for at least three things, and I encourage you all to do the same.
They can be anything. Whether they hold a big or small place in your heart. Literally thank Him for the first things that pops into your head. Usually, I end up thanking Him for more than three things, because one thing leads to another, and I’m left sitting there just overwhelmed with how much I have to be grateful for.
Today I thanked God for: my health, my family, and my books.
What have you thanked Him for today?
Welcome to the first Spotlight Saturdays post! This post was written by a sister who wants to remain anonymous but nonetheless wanted to get across this beautiful message of gratitude through her story. Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed reading and sharing it with you! If you have a story you would like to share for next Saturday, or any Saturday (regardless of length) send it to me HERE. Don’t be shy!! :))