A Lesson in Gratitude

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The blessing of health is one that we often take for granted. Yet when our eyes fall on patients surrounded by formidable machines and monitors, with wires snaking in and out of their bodies, we start to really appreciate this great blessing. The hospital scene is one that people normally avoid. Some don’t like to witness other people’s miseries; those anxiously waiting outside of operating doors reading pages from the quraan, those shuffling around while holding their IV poles, those feeding their children clothed in green gowns and a bandana to hide the heads made bald by chemotherapy.  Some don’t like the smell of antiseptic. Period.

But visiting the sick doesn’t only help us appreciate our own health. It also shows us the strength of the human spirit. Sometimes the sight of the sick with their smiles and their animated conversations inspires us to stop sweating the small stuff and approach life with contentment. They teach us to face life with a smile and to say alhamdullilah no matter what difficulties we might be going through.

The writer Saad Aldosary posted an image on his twitter of this boy praying in a hospital prayer room with his IV pole connected.

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Hadeeth of the Day [1]

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Read also: The Attitude of Gratitude 

[1] Hadeeth copied from http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/7

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7 thoughts on “A Lesson in Gratitude

    Sadaf said:
    July 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Amina, as salamaleikum! Your post made me cry…I have lately been taking a lot of things for granted and neglecting my prayers etc. that the picture of this little boy praying with his IV plugged in really jolted me back into reality. I pray he (whoever he is) lives a full and healthy life. Hope you are doing well, thanks for this reminder.

      AH responded:
      July 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Wa3aleikum assalam. Thanks for your comment Sadaf

    manaralhinai said:
    July 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Beautifully written my dear. Couldnt agree more. May Allah keeps showering us with his blessings

      AH responded:
      July 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks for your comment Manar! Have a nice day!

    yasmine1221 said:
    August 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Reblogged this on homepage of yasmine1221 and commented:
    masha Allah this little boy is praying to Allah, while his in the hospital cause i don’t usually see people do that may Allah bless him……..

    White Pearl said:
    August 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Mashallah !! Love the post…so touching !

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