Thanks Giving

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

With Ramadan almost here, it will soon be a time not only of fasting, but of breaking the fast with thanksgiving. Before every meal, Sufis say, “Bismillah!” This is their way of saying Grace, for indeed they try to fast every day from what is other than God. Yet every human being who follows a spiritual path has their own way of being gracious, whose origin is Grace; the giving of thanks to God. 

Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself.

One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift!

Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty;

The bounty is its shell,

For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved.

Abundance alone brings heedlessness,

Thanksgiving gives birth to alertness.

The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you,

And you will bestow a hundred bounties in return.

Eat your fill of God’s delicacies,

And you will be freed from hunger and begging.


– Rumi

“With mealtime prayer we offer thanksgiving to the source of all sustenance. Prayer is a means by which the reins of hunger and the senses are taken by the spirit and intellect. The offering of a mealtime blessing elevates eating from a mechanical activity to conscious participation in the chain of being. It is an acknowledgment of the fact that in eating any organism, we are sharing in the sacrifice it has made to sustain us.”

Gratitude is an eagle, blessings a fine plump partridge
only gratitude wins the reward of blessing.
Give thanks to Him alone who buys
your words in the bazaar of Paradise.

– Nasir-i Khusraw

Excerpt from Serving the Guest – A Sufi Cookbook

Ya Haqq!


10 Responses to Thanks Giving

  1. mshahin says:

    Mashallah….that was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that poem from Rumi. He is one of my favorite poets.

  2. saly says:

    Thank you Irving! What would I have done if you hadn’t started blogging?! I learn everyday from you (well, whenevr you post that is).

    Thank you!

  3. masha allah! great post!

  4. Irving says:

    Salaam Alaikum Dear Friends:

    Thank you for the kind and generous comments, though all I did was find this wonderful piece of the Sufi Cookbook online :) Alhamdulillah, that such things are possible, and that all brothers and sisters may communicate from around the world and share love and wisdom and joy.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. […] Irving, the kind darvish, has kindled the spirit of Ramadan by sharing some beautiful verses from Rumi on thanks giving. […]

  6. sheila says:

    such a beautiful post. May Allah swt inspires us to be thankful and to recognize the bestower.

  7. This is beautiful!

    Ramadan Mubarak!

  8. darvish says:

    Ramadan Mubarak to you also dear Sister Blondie:
    I was just thinking about you after visiting your blog, and hope your solitude is rewarding :)
    Ya Haqq!

  9. Georg says:

    Thanks for your comment, Irving. Congratulations for your posting, a great poem! Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  10. shirazi says:

    Yes, this says it all. Thanks for pointing it out.

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