Thanking Allahu Ta' Ala Is To Follow Islam

The degree of the thanks is dependent upon the amount of the blessing coming. The greater the blessing, the greater the necessity to express gratitude. As it is seen, the rich should be more thankful than the poor, depending on the degree of wealth. It is for this reason that the poor ones of this Ummat [1] will go into Paradise five hundred years before the rich.

To thank Allahu ta'ala, it is necessary to have a belief compatible with what the savants of Ahl as-sunnat [2] taught. For, it is only this group who will be saved from Hell. After correcting the belief, it is necessary to act compatibly with the Shari'at [3] . The Shari'at should be learned from the books of the mujtahids [4] of this group. Then the turn comes to tasfiya (purification) and tazkiya (cleaning) on the way shown by great Sunnite men of tasawwuf [5] .

There are great benefits in this third stage of thanks, though it is not obligatory. But the first two stages are obligatory. For, these two are the base, the essence of Islam. Islam perfects and matures an individual by means of the third stage. Everything outside these three stages, which are the belief of Ahl as-sunnat, the commandments of the Shari'at, and the way of great men of tasawwuf, is nothing but sinning, disobedience and ingratitude, including troublesome mortifications and vehement struggles.

Hold fast to the way of our Sayyid [6] , of our Master, of our Saviour, of our Intercessor for the forgiveness of our sins, of our Specialist who cures our hearts and souls, that is, of our Master Muhammad Rasulullah 'sall-Allahu alaihi wa 'ala alihi wa sallam', and to the way of his four Khalifas [7] ! His four Khalifas 'ridwanullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajma'in' are the guides to the way of salvation, who will conduct you to happiness. Allahu ta'ala will bless those who walk on this way.

[To say, "May Allah bless you," does not mean to say that He will bless you even though you are in this state. It means to say, "May He correct your morals and deeds and change you into a state by which He will bless you!"]

[1] umma(t) followers of Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam); the community, body of believers, of a prophet.
[2] Ahl as-Sunna (wa'l-Jama'a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali.
[3] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[4] mujtahid: great 'alim capable of employing ijtihad; mujtahid imam, mujtahid mufti.
[5] tasawwuf: (Islamic sufism as defined by Islam) knowledge and (after adapting oneself to fiqh) practice of the manners of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) which strengthens iman, makes the practice of fiqh easy and provides one to attain ma'rifa; 'ilm at-tasawwuf. [See the book Maktubat by Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alaih)].
[6] Sayyid: title given to the Prophet's descendants. When they are through Hadrat Husayn, Hadrad Ali's second son, they are called Sayyid, and when they are through Hadrat Hasan, Hadrat Ali's elder son, they are called Sharif.
[7] khalifa: (p. khulafa') caliph; Khulafa' ar-Rashidin, the Prophet's immediate four caliphs.