New Free eBook – The Shukr Lifestyle

New Free eBook – The Shukr Lifestyle

I am excited to announce my latest free ebook with Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research; the Shukr Lifestyle: A Gratitude Journal.

Shukr (gratitude) is an essential part of Islamic spirituality. There are various levels of piety, and the highest level is to worship Allah out of gratitude. This was the station of the Prophet ﷺ who, excelled in worship, stating, “Should I not be a grateful servant?” (Sahih al-Bukhari #1130, Sahih Muslim #2819)

Reaching a level of conscious gratitude requires effort and consistently building good habits. This journal is designed to develop a gratitude mindset through daily reflections. Every activity in this journal was carefully chosen for its benefits. These activities are a mixture of Sunnah practices and contemporary methods of gratitude building.

Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Books
10 Quotes on Wealth and Contentment

10 Quotes on Wealth and Contentment

These quotes are extracted from my book Earning Barakah which is on sale here.

1. Every time you spend time and resources in the path of Allah, you free your heart a bit more from this world and grow closer to your Creator. (p. 56)

2. When the believer begins work, his/her heart is full of peace and security, knowing that Allah has already written their sustenance and they are simply working to earn it in a blessed manner. (p. 58)

3. A society that is obsessed with wealth and constantly anxious about poverty is unstable. Anarchy is around the corner and it takes one bad day to bring out the worst in people. (p. 59)

4. The promise of Allah is simple and clear: be grateful, you will receive more bounties. Be ungrateful, and your sources of misery will increase. (p. 70)

5. A gratitude mindset leads to a life of contentment and happiness. The believer always finds something to be grateful for even in the most difficult of situations. This keeps his heart optimistic, full of gratitude, and content. (p. 72)

6. The combined effects of trusting God, accepting one’s destiny, and practicing gratitude create a life of optimism and contentment. (p. 72)

7. A Muslim is not selfish and self-centered. He does not hoard his wealth out of fear of poverty. A Muslim cares about all of Allah’s Creation and this is reflected in how he spends his wealth. (p. 101)

8. The trader knows that Allah knows what is best for each of us and he is satisfied with the will of Allah. So, he trades without jealousy of other traders. (p. 104)

9. Islam is a religion that demands the highest level of character from us, especially in business. There is no room in Islam for shady business deals, cheating customers, or hiding defects. (p. 130)

10. Allah is al-Ghani (Most Independent), and people can only gain independence from each other through His Will and Blessings. Therefore, if we want independence, we must ask Allah for it, seek it through Ḥalāl means, and aspire to utilize such gifts in ways that are pleasing to Allah. (p. 36)

Access the full ebook on sale here:

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Gratitude in the age of complaining


Gratitude: A Fundamental of Faith

Gratitude is from the fundamental qualities of a Muslim. In fact, it directly impacts our relationship with our Creator. The following story illustrates this beautifully:

When Ayesha Bint Abi Bakr (RA) saw the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) praying a long night prayer in tears, she asked him a very practical question. She asked, “Oh Prophet of Allah, why do you go through so much effort (in worship) even though Allah has forgiven for you your earlier and later sins?”

His reply was extremely brief and profound, “Should I not be a thankful servant?” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1130 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2819)

The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) relationship with Allah was founded on gratitude. As he is our role model, we too should aim to have a relationship with Allah based upon gratitude.

The results of such gratitude is clear in Allah’s promise:

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you are ungrateful, indeed, My punishment is severe.(Surah Ibraheem 14:7)

The promise of Allah is simple and clear: be grateful, you will receive more bounties. Be ungrateful, and your sources of misery will increase

Positive Thinking And Self Help

In Self Help material, no matter how secular the author, there is a strong emphasis on gratitude. Many people around the world have experienced increase in blessings when they live a life of gratitude. Some secular sources list as many as 30 benefits of gratitude.

When modern research and Islamic principles agree on the importance of being grateful and thankful, why then is ingratitude so common today?

The Age of Complaining

Complaining and taking offence have become international hobbies. There doesn’t seem to be a single day in which Muslims are not upset, offended by, angry or ranting about something.

We complain about everything: politics, scholars, lack of scholars, people being too conservative, people being too liberal, someone using words we didn’t like, and of course Islamaphobia.  The list goes on and on.

While many of these are legit grievances, ask yourself how much has your complaining actually helped the ummah?

At the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), did he not have as many things to complain about? He was exiled from his city, slandered by his people, lost many of those closest to him, and injured by his enemies. Yet his response to all this was “Should I not be a thankful servant?”

Despite all the negative events occurring around him, he always found something to be grateful for, so should we.

The Danger Of The Complaining Era

The problem with our current era is that all this complaining creates a negative vibe. We end up full of rage, malcontent, bitterness, and sadness. None of these emotions are productive, and as a result, we spend so much time complaining, but so little time actually doing anything constructive.

This needs to change, and the change has to start with us. We need to let go of our habit of complaining, and replace it with a habit of thanking Allah.

How to make the shift

The first step to change this is to become more selective in our social media. The way most of us configure our social media accounts, we are bombarded with negative news and comments all day long. This makes it almost impossible to experience any positive emotion at any point in the day.

Instead, create some filters. Let your main news feeds reflect only positive accounts, keep more depressing accounts aside for only when you need to read them. And PLEASE avoid the comment section at all costs!

In a previous article, I listed 25 ways to express gratitude daily. I highly recommend reading that article and applying its teachings to your life. The list is short, simple and extremely practical.

Personally, I start each day by listing three things to be grateful for, and then thanking Allah for these blessings, and I try to make a unique list every single day. This helps me start my day on a positive note, and avoid negative emotions.

If you make the shift from complaining to expressing gratitude, you will experience inner peace, positive emotions, increased productivity, and an increase in blessings. So what are you waiting for, make the change today!


Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Positive Thinking

25 ways to express your gratitude everyday

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you are ungrateful, indeed, My punishment is severe.(Surah Ibraheem 14:7)

  1. Smile
  2. Pray five times a day
  3. Say Alhamdulillah (All praise is for Allah)
  4. Say Mashaa Allah (This is what Allah willed)
  5. Say Jazakallah Khair (may Allah reward you with better)
  6. Thank people for every little thing
  7. Make Sajdah Shukr (prostration of gratitude)
  8. Make a list of things you are grateful for
  9. Hug your family members
  10. Give someone a gift
  11. Gratitude1Acknowledge someone’s efforts to help you
  12. Be kind to strangers
  13. Give some charity
  14. Help an elder
  15. Check on your neighbors
  16. Accept your tests as blessings that you don’t understand
  17. Help someone with a difficult task
  18. Make dua (supplicate) for others
  19. Let people know how much they mean to you
  20. Work with Ihsaan (striving for excellence)
  21. Overlook people’s flaws
  22. Notice the small good things in life
  23. Support a friend’s business (you can support mine by purchasing an e-book)
  24. Keep the company of positive people
  25. Pray Qiyam Al-Layl (the late night prayer)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.”
(Abu Dawood, 4811)

Posted by Ismail Kamdar in Inner Peace, Positive Thinking