Once a man dreamt that he went to Heaven and an angel was showing him around. He and the angel walked side-by-side until they entered a large workroom filled with angels.

The angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all requests to Allah Ta’ala in duaa are received.'

The man looked around in this area, and it was hectic busy with so many angels sorting out requests written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then they moved on down a long corridor until they reached the second section.

The angel then said to him, 'This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people have asked for are processed and delivered.'

The man noticed again how busy it was there too. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor they stopped at the Door of a very small station and to the man’s great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. 'This is the Acknowledgment Section,' the angel guide quietly admitted to him. He seemed embarrassed 'How is it that there is no work going on here?' He asked.

'So sad,' the angel sighed. 'After people receive the blessings that they have asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.'

Does Allah Ta’ala not say in the Qur’aan, the angel said:

“And when affliction touches a man, he calls on Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove his affliction from him, he passes on as though he had never called on Us on account of an affliction that touched him.” (Surah 10, verse:12)

'How does one acknowledge Allah's Ta’ala’s blessings?' the man asked.

'Simple,' the angel answered. Just say, 'Thank you, Allah.'

'What blessings should they acknowledge?'  He then asked.

'If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.'

'And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.'


'If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.'

'If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.'

'If you can attend a Mosque without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.'

'If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare.'

'If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.'

Ok, what now? How can I start asked the man?

Enjoy every day regardless of how it pans out, count your blessings and turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the difficulties you may face on that day. Always remember that there is always someone who is in a worse off situation than yours and as bad as your situation may seem, it will pass like every other thing in life. Life is not permanent and so too are the many joys and hardships it brings.

Always remember that in happy moments, praise Allah Ta’ala, in difficult moments, seek Allah Ta’ala, in quiet moments, worship Allah Ta’ala, in painful moments, trust Allah Ta’ala and in every other moment think and thank Allah Ta’ala for the one more day he has spared you on this earth. Only this can make a meaningful life!

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