I thank God for this precious gift of life, for the beauty and wonder of His majestic creation around me, and for the sustaining bond of family and loved ones, in spite of all their flaws.
I thank God for rending the veil of ignorance and blindness from my eyes, and allowing me to see the truth plainly and clearly, no matter how painful the truth is. I am eternally thankful to God for guiding me to the right path, and for giving me the tools to find the truth in all things.
I am grateful for all the hardship and difficulty I face, as only through trial can I struggle and grow into a better person.
“God’s blessings are numerous, and my tongue is too weak to count them. His favors are abundant and my understanding falls short of grasping them… I thank God for giving me the ability to thank Him – even my thanking requires thanksgiving” (Imam Ali ibn Hussein, from Sahife Sajjadiya).
I pray that on this day of thankfulness, we will reach out to those less fortunate than us, and share the overflowing blessings that have been undeservedly bestowed on us. Look around at those near you; if everyone helped those in their close circles, no need for charity would ever exist. “If any one of you finds your near ones in want or starvation, he should not desist in helping them” (Imam Ali, from Nahjul Balagha).
To my American readers, Happy Thanksgiving!