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      ▪️AL-FAWA’ID: A Collection of Wise Sayings, 207

      Islam is based on two fundamental concepts: remembering Allah and being grateful to Him. Regarding this Allah, the Exalted, says,

      فَٱذكرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَأَشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ

      which means, “Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.) I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Al- Baqarah, 2:152)

      The Prophet ﷺ once told Mu’adh, “By Allah! I love you so much so do not forget to say at the end of each prayer, ‘Allâhumma a’inny ‘alâ dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibâdatik (O Allah! Help me to remember You, to feel grateful to You, and to worship You perfectly).”

      Narrated by Abu Dawud, in his book “Prayers”, Chaper of “Seeking the forgiveness of Allah”, no. 1522. Narrated also by An-Nasâ’y.📙

      It is worth mentioning here that remembering Allah does not include only remembering Him verbally (with one’s tongue) but it also includes remembering Him within one’s heart. However, the mode of remembering Him includes remembering His Names, His Attributes, His commandments, His prohibitions, as well as remembering Him by uttering His words, which entails knowing Him, believing in Him, and believing both in the Attributes of His Perfection, and the qualities of His Majesty. It also entails glorifying Him in various ways of praising, which is not applicable except through monotheism, for true remembrance requires the previously mentioned aspects, as well as the remembrance of His bounties, blessings and beneficence.

      On the other hand, gratefulness to Allah means obeying Him and getting closer to Him by performing those deeds that have been ordained by Him, both the inner and the outer ones.

      🔺Those two fundamentals are considered the core of religion, for remembering Allah entails knowing Him, and being grateful to him entails obeying Him, which is the reason behind the creation of all things. It is also the reason for which punishment and reward are founded, divine books are revealed, and messengers are sent. That is the truth by which the heavens, the earth, and all that is between them are created, and the contrary is falsehood above which He is Exalted, and this is the misconception adopted by His enemies.

      🌿AL-FAWA’ID by Ibnul-Qayyim رحمه الله

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