Shukr is performed when a person does more than what was strictly due towards him. For example, if the person returning the loan returns 1,200 rather than 1,000 rupees, not as a pre-condition because then it would become Riba (interest), but just as an acknowledgment of the favour the lender did to him, then that is the occasion to say thank you as he has done more than was due towards him. Similarly, when a person says Shukr to Allah Ta’ala, he is acknowledging that it was not incumbent upon Allah Ta’ala to grant him that favour, he was not entitled to that favour in any way, rather Allah Ta’ala granted him that blessing purely out of His kindness. Shukr embodies the thought that I wasn’t deserving of this blessing, and acknowledges Allah Ta’ala’s favour. Can a person who clearly knows and acknowledges that he was not entitled to the blessings bestowed upon him engage in Takabbur (arrogance, grandiosity)? It is not possible. Therefore, whenever you are granted with a blessing from Al…


These days we can’t even imagine the value of that roti that Hazrat Aisha (may Allah Ta’ala be pleased with her) had cooked. We live in such affluence that if we lose one roti, it doesn’t make any difference to us. But if we think back of those days, Hazrat Aisha RAA had only a little bit of barley with which she could barely make one roti, and the goat takes away even that roti. In spite of that, the Holy Prophet ﷺadvised her with emphasis not to say anything harsh to the neighbour.


WHEN IS SHUKR (THANKS) PERFORMED? When do we say thank you to someone? If a person returns their loan, is it incumbent upon the lender to thank the borrower? For example, if a person borrows a thousand rupees from me promising that he will return it after two months, he should be grateful to me for having given him that loan, he should thank me. When he returns that loan to after two months, the lender has still done a favour to the borrower for having lent him that money for that long. When he is returning that loan, he is not doing the lender a favour, he is just doing his duty, therefore, it is not necessary for the lender to thank him.


When the Holy Prophet ﷺ saw her distressed, he asked what the matter was. Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) told him the whole story that she had made that roti for him with such love and affection, and the goat had run away with it. That was why she was very sad. The Holy Prophet ﷺ said, “bring if any part of the roti is left. But do not hurt your neighbour because of that goat, and do not say anything harsh to them that your goat ate my roti. It is worth noting that the first thing the Holy Prophet ﷺsaid was not to say anything hurtful to the neighbour, because it was not their fault that the goat ate the roti. And even if it was, maintaining relations with one’s neighbours is much more important that one roti.


SHUKR - A TREATMENT FOR MANY SPIRITUAL ILLSHazrat Dr Abdul Hai (may Allah Ta’ala bless him) used to say that Shukr (thanking Allah Ta’ala) is a treatment for many spiritual ills. A person who regularly performs Shukr will Insha’Allah (God willing) never be afflicted with Takabbur. It is because when a person says Shukr for the blessings he has, what he is really saying is that I would not have been able to get all these blessings that I have by myself, it is Allah Ta’ala’s benevolence towards me that He has granted me with all these blessings, and that is why I thank Allah Ta’ala for these. This belief removes arrogance from a person’s heart.


In the meanwhile, the neighbour’s goat came to their house and took the roti that Hazrat Aisha (may Allah Ta’ala be pleased with her) had cooked with such love and affection. Hazrat Aisha RAA was watching the goat take the roti, but because the Holy Prophet ﷺ was sleeping, she did not stop the goat from taking the roti even when it took the roti out of her home. She felt very sad. As soon as the Holy Prophet ﷺ woke up she ran towards the door to see if she could find that goat.