If you thought hiding your blessings was an act of humility, guess again. True gratitude is in valuing those blessings and making their traces evident. We’re not talking about showing off -because that would be attempting to shame others for not enjoying the same blessings as you- but what I mean is, make your blessings obvious! The question is: how do you do that while staying humble? Here’s how:
The Prophet said, “Eat, drink, and give sadaqah without being extravagant or showing off, as Allah likes to see the effect of His blessing on His slave.” By spending it, we don’t necessarily mean through charity alone. We mean buy stuff. Spend according to your means… responsibly. Don’t be a spendtrift and don’t hoard money so that you hardly spend it. Take the middle course. “Let the rich man spend according to his means, and the man whose resources are restricted, let him spend according to what Allah has given him”(at-Talaaq:7).
In praising the servants of Ar-Rahman (the believers), Allaah mentioned one of their unique qualities as: “And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes)” (al-Furqan:67).
Respect and value your blessings and don’t take any of it for granted. Even that remaining grain of rice on your plate should be valued. Teach the kids the importance of leaving a plate clean, and embrace the culture of eating leftovers. (Some foods actually taste better the next day!)
Aisha narrated that the Prophet entered upon her one day and saw a small piece of bread on the floor, so he picked it up and wiped it, then told her, “O ‘Aishah, treat the blessing of Allah with respect, for when it departs from a household it may never come back to them.”
You will truly appreciate the favours of Allaah when you look to those who aren’t as fortunate as you. This will help you be more grateful and humble.
The Prophet said: “If any of you would like to see the great blessing of Allah on him, then let him look at those who are less fortunate than him, not those who appear better off than him.”
When it comes to righteous deeds and actions we’re better off concealing it to preserve our sincerity. However, when it comes to your blessings, speaking about them or sharing your happiness with others is a form of gratitude.
The Messenger of Allaah said, “Speaking of Allah’s blessing is gratitude and ignoring it is ingratitude (kufr)”.
Blessing are not only the material things you enjoy, but those things we sometimes take for granted such as nature, water, rain, clean air, guidance, etc. That you have children, your health, family, and safety are all great blessings that we enjoy.
But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it] (ad-Duhaa:11)
Gratitude is for Allaah alone and what you do with your blessings should reflect your gratefulness to the one who has bestowed it upon you. If at any point you are using your blessings to show off or put others down you risk falling into kufr or ingratitude which has grave consequences. We should always take a humble approach, but yet not neglect our blessings! Wear it right and anticipate more!