Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for so much this year, I can barely begin to express it all. At the risk of incensing some readers, and with full knowledge that I’ll leave out innumerable blessings, here’s a short list:
- Allah azza wa jal, the clear guidance that He sent down to us through His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and the ability to worship and give thanks for His blessings and guidance
- Farhana Ali, her family, and all the other things that have come through her: surely the greatest material blessing, and one for which I intend to remain thankful
- my mother, family, and friends
- the sustenance—both food and shelter—provided to Hana and me through our jobs and all other means
- my general health and ability to function/persist at whatever level; my particular (and peculiar) brand of reason, skill, ability, and etc.
- these material comforts, tools of relaxation and work, toys, and etc.
There is more, much more, I’m sure, and in any and all cases, I say Alhamdulillah (all praise and thanks belongs to Allah).
If you’re interested, I found a short article on two types of gratitude in Islam (hamd and shukr). I think there are some useful reminders in there for all of us, regardless of nationality or belief set.
D7000. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (the Sigma 30mm probably would’ve been a better choice for this sort of reportage). ISO100, AP mode, various apertures. Minimal post work in Lightroom 5.