وَآتَاكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا
“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them.” —Qur’an, 14:34
It’s 2017, and I am back. Really. I’m taking on a new project: #Blessed. I want to post as much as I can…every day, every week? Some type of consistency is what I’m aiming for. Each post, a different blessing. I want to really drive home the point made in the verse above. Try all you want to count the blessings God has given you; you’ll never be able to enumerate them.
I want—need—to spend more time in my life reflecting on God and His role in my life. He’s nearer to me than my jugular vein, and too often I’ve belittled this close tie to mere motions in less than half-hearted prayers throughout the day.
I used to have this quote saved in my phone: if you want to focus on Allah more in your prayers, focus on Allah outside your prayers. Our remembrance isn’t limited to Qur’an, prayer beads, or other forms of ritual worship. Every breath can—and should—be a moment of awe, a moment that makes us truly say and think and believe Alhamdulillah, all praises are due to Allah.
So here’s to 2017. What do I feel blessed for on Day 1? If it must be limited to one thing, then Alhamdulillah for the ability to write.