Reflections of Peerless Men
Letter 159

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In The Name of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful
On the meaning of: "If ye are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you; But if ye show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed." (Koran [14:7])
My dear! Praying day & night, subjecting the body to obedience of the Lord is intended for offering Shokr (Gratitude) for the Lord i.e. fusing the body & heart. If the body is not busied offering Shokr (Gratitude) & obeisance to the Lord, dust shall pour over dust abasing to Asfala Saafelin (Lowest of the Low, Koran [95:5]), flames flaring upon the flames in Hell, gales blowing over gales into odious gusts, Fresh water drown within the salty waters of the seas i.e. all hell breaks loose!
Allah Almighty provides freely the instruments of honor & greatness e.g. wealth and plethora of other blessings, in return the person should observe the rights of the Divine over himself i.e. giving thanks. And if he does not observe these rights of the Divine and offers not gratitude, poverty shall strike him bewildered & wandering whereat his wife & dependants suffer with neediness.
Offering Shokr (Gratitude) while consuming the blessings is not merely saying “All Thanks to the Lord” and rub the hand over the beard and then get up and stand in prayers (Pir Jamaal is using the parody of the average Muslim man to describe mechanical worship). This worship is nothing but cause for failure & damnation of a curse!
My dear! Offering Shokr (Gratitude) over the consumption of a provision has three components:
  1. Observing the rights of the Divine i.e. acts of worship and expressions of paean & praise
  2. Observing the rights of the neighbor i.e. offering help in any form & shape, offering respect & security
  3. Feeding & aiding the poor & needy according to one’s ability
(First) Allah said, “Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness”, (Then) Allah said, “Nor repulse the beggar (unheard)” and finally you qualify to, “Proclaim the blessings of your Lord” (Koran [93: 9-11]). These verses were revealed about the man chosen above the Mankind Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him. (These verses were commandments to the Prophet to learn how to offer Shokr (Gratitude) in return for his provisions as an orphan and when he & his family were in need)
Similarly verses have been revealed about Imam Ali (offering gratitude), “And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive” (Koran [76:8]). Was-Salaam (Peace & Godspeed).

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