A Thankful God

Nov 22 2012 @ 6:48pm

Hesham Hassaballa, an American Muslim, ponders God's attributes and the ways we try to grasp something of God's nature in human language:

God is beyond an all-encompassing description. There is no way I can fit the Lord God into a box and say for sure, "This is God." Having said that, in His infinite Mercy and Compassion for us, our Creator has sought to describe Himself in the scripture so that the inherently imperfect human mind can begin to comprehend what is truly an Awesome God. Thus, the "99 Names of God" come to mind.

One of those 99 names? "The Appreciative":

"Every day should be Thanksgiving." I have heard some Muslims say this to me in an effort to persuade me that Muslims should not celebrate Thanksgiving because it is a "non-Muslim" holiday. While I do not subscribe to this view, I do agree that every day should be Thanksgiving. Each and every day, I must celebrate the beautiful fact that God is al Shakur, or the Appreciative. And I do so by following the commands of God to the best of my ability. And, if I do that, God told me that He will shower his blessings upon me because He is "most appreciative, most clement."