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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Muslim prayer of thankfulness

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

In the Qur’an, God Almighty says: “Remember! Your Lord has declared, ‘If you are grateful, I will increase my favors upon you.” (14:7).

There are so many favors and blessings that we need to be thankful for; blessings that we take for granted such as family, good health, and ability to live in peace, security and with dignity.

Thanking God should be much more than simply offering a one day thank you prayer after a dinner. We must show our thanks in our actions, every day. Prophet Muhammad said that “Those who do not thank people, they do not thank God”

Let’s thank God for His blessings by also thanking those people who deliver those blessings to us. Let’s thank the workers, the farmers, the laborers, the drivers, and all the good people by treating them fairly, the way we would like to be treated.

O God, grant us thankfulness to you by helping promote a culture of justice and equity to other people.

Aameen (Amen)


Steve Harkonnen said...

The God I love doesn't permit the use of suicide bombers against Israel.

Apparently, your "God" does.

Norma said...

Mr. Harkonnen,
Can you tell me if the God we love permits the killing of abortion doctors, invading other countries, committing Holocausts, lynching Black people, or kill civilians with atomic bombs? I think before we point a finger at other people, let's look at the so many crimes that are falsely committed in our God's name.

Steve Harkonnen said...

Sorry Norma, there is a distinct difference in our God when compared with that of the anti-christ. I don't recall the Nazis reciting prayers before they gassed the Jews. I don't recall southerners saying a prayer before they hung innocent blacks from trees. I don't recall hearing about the Enola Gay bomber crew chant prayers as they dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

While you want to cite our God as theirs, think about the ablution and prayer process to allah that these evil bastards did before they pulled off the 9/11 atrocities against our people?

While it is wrong to cite all Muslims as being evil, I hold serious doubt on the God that they worship.

Norma said...

Steve, are you serious? You don't recall any Christian claims by the Nazis? How about what Hitler said:
"My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter..."
Source: The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942

And for a more local issue, the KKK, responsible for the lynching of Blacks and other crimes against Catholics and Jews, always claimed to be a "Christian" organization.

You can't be that ignorant.

Anonymous said...

O Norma, but unfortunately he (and so many others)can indeed be that ignorant (and hypocritical). Because those madmen chanted their prayers just before they did their deed somehow makes them more un-Godly than the madmen who pray nicely on Saturday and Sunday and then turn around and do incredibly un-Godly things the rest of the week.

Somehow, we must all come to recognize that the same Creator created and loves each of us and on that sameness - the dignity of each human creature - we must base ourselves in love. All else leads to division.

Anonymous said...

From one anonymous to another....I would have to agree, and furthermore, though I am not born as a christian, muslim or jew, the only one of these 3 religions that truely preaches the idea of one God for all people is islam.
As for comments by Steve Harkonnen....thank you for trying to educate him Norma.