"If you count God's blessings, you can never encompass them all.
Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative."
All good things that come our way, and that we often take for granted, come from God. This message is highly pronounced in the Quran. Consequently, one of the true channels of expressing our worship of our Creator is through the acts of "Appreciation" and "Gratitude" to God:
".....and be appreciative of God's blessings upon you if you truly worship Him." 16:114
The act of Appreciation and Gratitude is a threefold expression:
1- The realisation that all blessings come from God:
True believers are aware that all good things that happen to them in life surely come from God alone. This message is quite clear in the Quran.
"Any blessing you are given is from God." 16:53
Believers are also assured that no one other than God has any power to harm or benifit them, for nothing befalls them except what God has decreed:
"Say, "Nothing befalls us, save what GOD has decreed for us. He is our Lord and Master. In God the believers shall trust." 9:51
2- The expression of Appreciation and Gratitude:
The Quran stresses the importance of expressing Appreciation and Gratitude to God. This should be accompanied by a genuine content with ones fortunes. Those who are content with what they have are often the ones who find true happiness. It has been said that happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. The following verse ascertains the importance of Appreciation, and its great reward :
"Your Lord has decreed : "The more you thank Me, the more I give you. But if you turn unappreciative, then My retribution is severe." 14:7
In the Quran we are told that God's blessings are so numerous that the human being can never count them all (see title verse).
Many of these God given blessings are taken for granted. Take for example our senses, to be able to hear and see, to be given a mind superior to all other creatures, and with which we are able to attain sovereignty on earth over all other creatures. All the wide variety of all types of foods and drink, the means to attain warmth and shelter .....etc ...etc .... How often do we thank God for such blessings?
"God has brought you out of your mother's stomachs knowing nothing, then He blessed you with your hearing, your eyesight and your brains, that you may be appreciative." 16:78
"It is God who designed the night so you can rest in it, and the day lighted. God bestows many blessings on people, but most people are not thankful." 40:61
3- Proclaiming God's blessings:
We are also encouraged in the Quran to constantly proclaim God's blessings. God is the most Gracious and as per the previous verses His blessings for us are too numerous to be counted. It is only fair that we should proclaim His blessings to those around us. By doing so we are expressing both our gratitude and our Worship of God.
"You shall proclaim the blessing your Lord has bestowed upon you." 93:11
"O people speak of God's blessing upon you. Is there any creator other than God who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? There is no God besides Him. How could you deviate?" 35:3
We are also enjoined in 18:39 to say "Ma Shaa Allah" (This is God's gift) in gratitude, proclamation of God's blessings and also to invoke God's protection for our beloved ones or possessions.