Thanks Giving 2009

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Thanksgiving is almost here in the US, and with Eid al-Adha the next day it will soon be a time of giving thanks, of gratitude to the Creator. Before every meal, Sufis say “Bismillah!” This is their way of saying Grace, of being grateful. 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!




6 Responses to Thanks Giving 2009

  1. Green Monk says:

    Have a blessed Eid!

  2. barsili says:

    Ameen dearest Irving! Bismillah and baraka all over the place! May Thanksgiving be something we can all share not once a year but every morning upon waking and at night after reconciliation before going to bed. Bless you and yours always

  3. bstendlert says:

    A blessed holiday of Thanksgiving and Eid!

    Words of Gratitude

    We learn the magical lesson that making the most of what we have turns it into more.
    Say Thank you, until you mean it.
    Thank God, Life, and the Universe for
    Everyone and Everything sent your way!
    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

    It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace to today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

    Gratitude makes things right.
    Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power. We can start with who we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.

    Say thank you until you mean it. It you say it long enough, you will believe it.
    Today, I will shine the transforming light of gratitude on all the circumstance of my life. Today, I will relax, breathe a deep breath, and go with the flow.

    ~Melodie Beatty~

  4. Reema B. says:

    Salam alaikum,

    Beautiful quotations mashallah. Speaking of thanksgiving, I think it is amazing how it is coinciding with Eid; a union of 2 similar festivities from conflicting cultures. I just posted a new blog post sharing some charitible websites, take a look if you’re interested as I think that this union of festivities is a great time to be even more generous:

    Charity in the Unity of 2 Festivities from East and West; translation: be extra generous:

  5. Irving says:

    Thank you, Dear Brothers and Sisters, for your comments; to Bstendlert for the lovely quotation by Melodie Beatty, and to Reema for the lovely blog entry :)

    Ya Haqq!

  6. Katib says:

    Assalamualaikum Br Darvish

    Eid Mubarak.


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