An incitement towards gratitude for Allah’s blessings

Allah says in His Book:

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'” [al-Qur’an 14:7]

In his tasfir, Imam al-Sa’di writes:

وقال لهم حاثا على شكر نعم الله‏:‏ ‏{‏وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ‏}‏ أي‏:‏ أعلم ووعد، ‏{‏لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ‏}‏ من نعمي ‏{‏وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ‏}‏ ومن ذلك أن يزيل عنهم النعمة التي أنعم بها عليهم‏.‏

“He said to them an incitement towards thankfulness for Allah’s blessings. ‘And remember when you Lord proclaimed‘ – meaning informed and promised – ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you‘ – from My blessings – ‘but if you are ungrateful, indeed, My punishment is severe‘- and from that is the removal of the blessings which He had bestowed upon them.

والشكر‏:‏ هو اعتراف القلب بنعم الله والثناء على الله بها وصرفها في مرضاة الله تعالى‏.‏ وكفر النعمة ضد ذلك‏.‏

“And al-Shukr (thankfulness/gratefulness) is the heart’s recognition of Allah’s blessings, praising Allah for them, and in exchange for that is the pleasure of Allah ta’ala. And ingratitude for the blessings is the opposite of that.”

[Taysir al-Kareem al-Rahman, p. 422]

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