When the majestic mountains begin to crumble to dust,
When the vast ocean begins to boil.
When the sky falls and the earth flattens,
When we are raised and return back to our Lord…
What happens on The Day we have all heard about, but know close to nothing on?
In modern society, one of the greatest plagues we face is a state of ingratitude. Our hyper-capitalist society — built on acquiring wants and desires — leaves the soul ungrateful, despite the blessings it has already been given. Shukr is defined as recognizing and appreciating when good is done. Shakoor, in classical Arabic, is used to describe an animal that is given little food but makes much of it. This emphasizes the concept of not only demonstrating patience during times of tribulation, but also taking whatever you have been given, regardless of how small we may perceive it to be, and maximizing its usage. Allah (swt) addresses this issue of ingratitude in Surah Saba, “And how few of my servants are grateful (34:13).” Furthermore, Allah (swt) presents us with a metaphysical equation, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you, but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe (14:7).” The more gratitude we express, the more blessings Allah (swt) will grant us, and the more ungrateful we are the more blessings Allah (swt) will take from us. With the plethora of issues that ravage the Muslim college student today, we can find solace in the fact that an increase in gratitude will lead to a strengthening of Iman, an easing of difficulty, and comfort in times of hardship. Tajdeed Retreat is designed as an event to provide camp attendees with tangible takeaways, and what better take away than to leave the retreat with the recognition of the favors of Allah (swt).
Location: Camp Sylvester, Pinecrest, California
Date: October 20-22, 2017
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