Rumi’s Thanksgiving Poem

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.

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!!!

O Lord, in these hard times, we thank You for the bounty of our table, when so many in the world go hungry.
And we thank You for our family and friends, when so many in the world walk alone.


Ya Haqq!


3 Responses to Rumi’s Thanksgiving Poem

  1. Josef Sefton says:

    Thank you, Irving, for sharing this very insightful and very good poem. What a blessing the gift of thankfulness is.

    Let’s turn to Luke Chapter 17:11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. Lk 17:12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance Lk 17:13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Lk 17:14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
    Lk 17:15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Lk 17:16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Lk 17:17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Lk 17:18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Lk 17:19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

    Friends, these verses have always made a dèep impression on me. Truly expressing thankfulness is God’s will and glorifies God. On the other hand Cain wasn’t thankful toward God for the gift of his brother Abel. This grave attitudinal error would culminate in the first shedding of human blood by a human being.

    Let’s commit ourselves to be thankful daily before both God and man, for all disobedience and rebellion has threads of ingratitude laced into it.

    Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    By entering into God’s service of having and showing an attitude of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, thankfulness will always blossom.

  2. Irving says:

    Thank you, Brother Joseph :) The lesson of the Good Samaritan is a perfect way to understand true thankfulness to God. May God bless you and the path of love and peace we both follow.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Pervez khan says:

    I can’t say nothing more than جزاك الله خير
    May ALLAH SWT abundantly bless you.

    Pervez khan
    San Fransisco

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