Giving thanks is integral to our lives as Muslims. As Muslims, we are to recognize that every moment alive, whether in happiness or in misery, is something for which to give thanks to Allah. How do we express our thankfulness? By the simple and oh-so-complex word, alhamdulillah. When things go our way, it’s easiest to say the word alhamdulillah…yet, those are also the moments in which we forget to say it. Our times of greatest affliction are to be marked with the word alhamdulillah…yet those moments are when we will lament to ourselves and to Allah, “Why have You forsaken me?”
Today, Americans are celebrating a day of giving thanks. As Muslims, many of us will be participating in the turkey-gobbling rituals complete with cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and squabbling relatives. Others of us, who left our squabbling relatives far behind, are giving thanks for just that reason alone. In either case, we should all be saying alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah that we are all safe and sound. Alhamdulillah that we are not in pain. Alhamdulillah that our worst fears of being shipped to concentration camps after 9/11 were never realized, that those fears were hyperventilations borne of panic. Alhamdulillah for our ability to choose to part-take in turkey….or not. And alhamdulillah that we are not in Mumbai.
Alhamdulillah for everything. Today and everyday, let us never miss a moment for saying alhamdulillah.