not be thankful to Him for a mansion or a luxury car.
The person who is not thankful for warm bread will not be grateful
if he suddenly becomes blessed with luxury food items, because an
ingrate sees a little and a lot to be the same thing. Many before us
have made binding promises to Allah that, if He were to give them
blessings, they would in turn be grateful and give charity.
"And of them are some who made a covenant with Allah [saying]: `If
He bestowed on us of His Bounty we will verily, give Sadaqah [Zakah
and voluntary charity in Allah Cause] and will be certainly among
those who are righteous.' Then when We gave them of His Bounty they
became niggardly [refused to pay the Zakah or voluntary charity] and
turned away, averse." Surah Al-Taubah – Ayaat 75 and 76.
Everyday we see people of this sort, people that are mentally
distressed, empty on the inside, and bitter towards their Lord
because He did not give them more. They feel this way despite their
good state of health and in spite of the nourishing food that
sustains them daily, not to mention all of the basic needs that they
have. They are not thankful for these things, nor are they thankful
for the free time that they have. What would then be the case if
they were given castles or mansions! Indeed they would deviate even
further from the path of their Lord and they would increase in
haughtiness and disdain.
The one who walks barefooted says, "I will be thankful to my Lord
when he blesses me with shoes." And the one with shoes postpones
being grateful until he gets an expensive car. Our wishes from Allah
are never-ending while we are slow and lethargic in applying His