Imam ibn al-Qayyim explains the meaning of gratitude to Allah and how to display it:

Imam ibn al-Qayyim explains the meaning of gratitude to Allah and how to display it:

Definitions of gratitude to Allah:

1- To admit Allah’s bounties upon you out of submission.

2- To praise Allah by pointing out His bounties.

3- Devotion of the heart to loving Allah, devotion of the body to worship him, remembering and praising Him with tongue.

4- A nice definition is given by Hamdoon al-Qassar: showing gratitude to Allah is achieved by believing that the person doesn’t deserve these bounties.
5- Showing gratitude is to admit your inability of showing gratitude.

How to display your gratitude to Allah:

1- To submit to Allah.

2- To love Allah.

3- To admit His bounties.

4- To praise Him with these bounties.

5- To function these bounties in what pleases Allah not in what displeases Him.

If any of these pillars were to be neglected, gratitude would be breached.”

Source: Madrij as-Salikeen: (2/6-7)

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