In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
There was a time in my life when I repudiated my own country and cultural traditions as “infidel,” and I wanted nothing to do with them. On this Thanksgiving Day, I lower my head in thanks to the Lord that I have been cured of this narrow-minded fundamentalism.
Now I understand that Islam has always accepted the cultural traditions of a people, so long as they conform with its over-arching principles. Thanksgiving is one such cultural tradition, and what could be more in line with Islamic teaching than thanking the Lord God for all of His infinite bounty? For sure, we should not just thank God on Thanksgiving Day alone, but still, if our country gets together on this day to thank God, what is so wrong with that? Like I said, I have been blessed with this understanding, and I lower my head in thanks to the Lord.
I lower my head in thanks to the Lord for everything with which He has graciously blessed me. As the Qur’an says, I am unable to count the full worth of even one blessing of God. But with so many that He has given me – though I am truly not worthy – I am overwhelmed by His Grace, Love, and Beauty. And all I can do is lower my head in thanks.
I also lower my head in thanks to the Lord for all of you. I am so very grateful for all the kind words of support, encouragement, and criticism that has come to me from you. I read each and every email and comment, and I take each of them to heart. Moreover, each of them means a great deal to me. The fact that so many of you have honored me with allowing my posts to come into the sacred space of your inbox is a blessing worthy of tremendous thanks to God and you. And thus, I lower my head in thanks to my Beloved, to my Lord God.
From the bottom of my heart and those of my family, I wish each and every one of you and your families a most blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day. May the Lord shower you with His Everlasting Grace, Mercy, Love, and Beauty for all time. Amen.