On Gratitude for the Blessings Taken for Granted

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On Gratitude for the Blessings Taken for Granted

I never shed tears over all the hardships I faced nor lost courage at the turn of tides, except once. That happened when I was barefoot and could not afford to buy a pair of shoes. That year I walked all the way to the masjid at Kufah, greatly disheartened. There I saw a man who had lost both his feet! I then turned and thanked Allah with a grateful heart and forgot the gloom over my naked shoeless feet.

—Shaykh Sa‘dī Shirāzī [d. 692H/1292CE]

The Rose Garden. translated by Iftekhar Bano Hussain. Ta-Ha Publishers, London, UK. 2000.


  1. umersultan says:

    Subhanallah. This reminds me of Mahatir Mohammed, who said

    “When the heart’s desire is compared with the ability to fulfill it, everyone is poor. But when the previous income is compared with the present one, the once poor man is rich.” (The Challenge, Page 8)

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