A Simple Thought – Friday, 26th March 2021

Gratitude, not grumbling, makes a believer

COVID-19 has changed the world forever, they say.  Indeed, it has, in more ways then one.  But one aspect of our lives that is headed more towards kufr, is our preoccupation about complaining of how times are bad.  Whereas they may be at their worst, Allah (SWT), has given us life, limb, kith and kin, and we must eternally remember that, and thank him.  For most Muslims, there is no religious persecution facing them, and yes if those who do face such harsh living conditions would utter ungrateful words, while still not acceptable, would be widely understood by us, their brethren.Or if such people were unfortunately diffident about their Master, one would still empathise with their plight, although in His supreme knowledge and wisdom, it is our unwavering faith, that no event happens without a reason.

When individuals loaded with blessings who own habitats and carriages, and are merchants in bloom, who voyage regardless of restrictions to other lands and who expend their wealth in both consumption and charity, if these individuals make it their preoccupation to talk about ‘tough times’, something is profoundly wrong about their faith in Allah (SWT), and the ingratitude they utter is unacceptable.  Not only does it demoralise those on a lesser footing but it also reflects how discontentment can be the source of such rue.

And whereas we can comprehend their reasons for joining the charade, which may be to discourage habitual beggars to seek help, this demeanour merely cascades our ignorance of the vastness of the dominion of the Almighty in which all creatures in their sheer volumes and sizes, receive bounties in one form or another in every moment of their lives.  APart from the painful punishment that is promised to such of us, other unwanted and calamitous events may devour us in the interim, such as the erosion of our existing blessings.  I remind myself as I do my reader, to remember to be ever so grateful for everything that we have been endowed with.

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About the author

Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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