Count your Blessings

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Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) once passed by a person who together with being afflicted with the disease of leprosy was also blind, deaf and dumb. He (radhiyallahu anhu) asked those around him: “Can you perceive any bounty that this man may be enjoying?” They replied: “Being in this condition, what bounty could he enjoy?” Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) replied: “Is he not able to relieve himself with ease? This is a great bounty of Allah Ta'ala” (Hayaatus Sahaabah vol. 2, pg. 804)

Lesson: Subhanallah! What great bounties we have been blessed with! Yet, when one is affected with any difficulty, all the innumerable favours and bounties are forgotten and the heart and mind are consumed in the one negative. Thus, whenever one is in a problem, sit and ponder over the number of things that are in order. Make shukr for it. This will help greatly to bring a degree of mental relief despite the difficulty one may be in.

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