“And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks and sanctify You.” He (Allâh) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (30)” Al-Baqarah
Forgetfulness - the nature of mankind. It started with Adam (peace be upon him) and Eve (peace be upon her).
“And O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in Paradise, and eat thereof as you both wish, but approach not this tree otherwise you both will be of the Zâlimûn (unjust and wrong-doers).” Al-Araf:19
But in forgetfulness, they fell into the traps of Shaytan.
“Then Shaitân (Satan) whispered suggestions to them both in order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts (before); he said: “Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save that you should become angels or become of the immortals.” (20) And he [Shaitân (Satan)] swore by Allâh to them both (saying): “Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both.” (21) So he misled them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise (in order to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying): “Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Shaitân (Satan) is an open enemy unto you?” (22)” Al-Araf
We tend to forget the blessings Allah has bestowed unto us. From the time we were born in this world is a blessing of Allah. The time we wake up from sleep is a blessing of Allah. Every breath we take is a blessing of Allah. Every step we take is a blessing of Allah. The food we eat is a blessing of Allah. But yet we mankind seem to forget what Allah has blessed us with.
“And if you would count the favours of Allâh, never could you be able to count them. Truly! Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” An-Nahl:18
Our life is filled with things, family, friends, but we forgot the One who has blessed with these. Our Creator, Allah.
“Allâh is He Who has created the heavens and the earth and sends down water (rain) from the sky, and thereby brought forth fruits as provision for you; and He has made the ships to be of service to you, that they may sail through the sea by His Command; and He has made rivers (also) to be of service to you. (32) And He has made the sun and the moon, both constantly pursuing their courses, to be of service to you; and He has made the night and the day, to be of service to you. (33) And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them. Verily! man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allâh’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allâh, and by disobeying Allâh and His Prophet Muhammad SAW). (34)” Surah Ibrahim
We don’t reflect and think. We just want to enjoy what is given and not acknowledge the One who gave it to us. As such, we are an ungrateful people.
“And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus it is made fair-seeming to the Musrifûn[*] that which they used to do. (12)” Surah Yunus
Lets ask ourselves, Are we submitting fully to our Lord? Can we be called Muslims [one who submits/surrenders(to God)]? Or are we just one who declare Islam by tongue and not by heart.
“O you who believe with your tongues, yet eeman has not entered your hearts. Do not backbite the Muslims, nor follow their faults. For he who follows others faults then Allah will declare (disclose) his faults and he whom Allah reveals his faults, then Allah disgraces him in his own house.” – Sunan Abu Dawood (3/4862) and and authenticated by Sheikh al-Albani in Saheeh Jaami’ Sagheer
We still complain with what we have. We are never satisfied with what Allah has blessed us. There are always something better to get. We have to keep in mind, to just get what we need and not what we want. Wanting and needing are 2 different things. Lets adhere to the Prophet (peace be upon him) advise.-
Sahih Muslim Chapter 1, Book 042, Number 7068:
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When one of you looks at one who stands at a higher level than you in regard to wealth and physical structure he should also see one who stands at a lower level than you in regard to these things (in which he stands) at a hi-her level (as compared to him).
“O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying and going round (the Tawâf of ) the Ka’bah, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance). (31)” Al-Araf
For truly, life in this world is just temporary. The materials things that we have now, don’t matter when we die.
“Allâh increases the provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter is but a brief passing enjoyment (26)” Ar-Rad
“He (Allâh) will say: “What number of years did you stay on earth?” (112) They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep account.” (113) He (Allâh) will say: “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known! (114) “Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” (115) So Exalted is Allâh, the True King, Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne! (116)” Al-Mu’minoon
Let us be like those who turn to Allah in times of need and grateful of the blessings of Allah.
Sahih Muslim Chapter 14, Book 042, Number 7138:
Suhaib reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, thus stated: I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.