Count your bless­ings

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - By Maulana Wahidud­din Khan

A phe­nom­e­non is men­tioned in the Qu­ran in Chap­ter 7. Us­ing this phe­nom­e­non as a para­ble the Qu­ran men­tions a hu­man char­ac­ter in th­ese words: “He was like a dog that pants whether you load it up or leave it alone” (7:176).

Pant­ing is a unique habit in dogs. Dogs pant be­cause this is their way of cool­ing down. The phe­nom­e­non of pant­ing is a part of dog’s nat­u­ral body sys­tem. The Qu­ran uses it in the eth­i­cal sense for those peo­ple who know noth­ing ex­cept com­plain­ing in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.

It is a law of na­ture that if 99% of your need is ful­filled, there will al­ways be 1% need which will re­main un­ful­filled. Those who have not de­vel­oped right think­ing in them, fo­cus on the 1% they do not have and for­get the 99% they have. Such peo­ple are al­ways un­grate­ful.

But those who have de­vel­oped the right think­ing are grate­ful to­wards the Cre­ator for the 99% that they have, and ig­nore the 1% that they do not have. This habit of theirs helps them live in grate­ful­ness all the time in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. One char­ac­ter­is­tic of the present age is de­cen­tral­iza­tion of the econ­omy. Due to this phe­nom­e­non ev­ery per­son has got the op­por­tu­nity to earn money and lead a com­fort­able life.

In ear­lier times de­pri­va­tion was com­mon, but in the mod­ern age affluence is com­mon, the only dif­fer­ence is that some peo­ple live in more lux­ury while oth­ers in less. This phe­nom­e­non is a great bless­ing of God, as it gives the op­por­tu­nity to ev­ery­one to live in grate­ful­ness. But, due to the above dog-cul­ture, peo­ple are still liv­ing in un­grate­ful­ness. They ig­nore the 99% they pos­sess and are con­scious only of the 1% they are de­prived of. The right per­son is one who con­cen­trates on the 99% he has and ig­nores the 1% he does not have. www.cps­global.org

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