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The Cost of Breathing

October 1, 2008

Bismillah walhamdulillah

It is said that a human breathes on average 2000 times a day.

Imagine if we had to pay to breathe. Just a penny for every breath.

That would be $2000 per day. $14,000 a week. $56,000 a month. $672, 000 a year.

Imagine that.

But Allah does not charge us for breathing, yet how many of us have thanked Allah ta’ala for the ability to breathe?

وإن تعدوا نعمة الله لا تحصوها

And if you count the ni’mah of Allah, never will you be able to count them.’ (14:34)

say Alhamdulillah. Do shukr.

There is a duaa that if one says in the morning and evening, they have given their thanks.

Please memorize it and say it everyday and night inshaAllah.

Learn it here. It can be found in hisnul muslim (little duaa book) under the duaas for the morning and evening. Note: for evening, instead of saying “asbaha” (I have woken up), you say, “amsaa” (I have reached the evening).

May Allah ta’ala make us among His thankful slaves, Ameen.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Redwan Ahmed permalink
    October 2, 2008 11:51 am

    assalamu alaikum,

    masha’allah, a great article.

    fi aman allah

  2. fulaan permalink
    October 3, 2008 10:06 am

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

    Jazaaki Allaahu khayran sharing this insight of yours with us. It really makes you appreciate a simple thing such as a breath of air.

    By the way if you get some time, could you write something about the difference between istighfar and afoo’ and which is better or how they are different, using the same method that you used to explain the definitions of tasbeeh and Hamd etc.

    Jazaaki Allaahi khayr

    Assalaamu alaykum

  3. October 3, 2008 4:07 pm

    wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

    Alhamdulillah wa iyyakum, I heard this during the ‘Eid khutbah and wanted to share it. Jazakum Allahu khayran for the nice words.

    InshaAllah I can work on that analysis!

    here is a basic breakdown:

    ‘afuww is from ayn fa wow which means to wipe something away, like to totally remove any previous remnants of it. So Allah ta’ala is Al- ‘Afuww, He removes traces of our sins and wipes our records clean. here is a nice article on it: http://muslimmatters.org/2008/09/23/al-afuww-who-forgives-in-the-last-10-nights/

    Istighfaar, which means to seek forgiveness from ghayn fa ra means to cover and to conceal (sitr). Also this root has the meaning of curing. So the maghfirah (forgiveness) of Allah is a cure for our sins, and Allah ta’ala covers our sins.

    Allahu ta’ala a’lam.

  4. October 4, 2008 5:09 pm

    AA

    MashaAllah i am really benefiting from your blog.

    Keep up the good work. May Allah increase you in your knowledge. Ameen

    JazaakiAllah khairan Sister

    Wassalam

  5. October 4, 2008 5:33 pm

    wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah

    Alhamdulillah thumma Alhamdulillah.

    wa iyyakum jamee’an.

    May Allah ta’ala increase us all in beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds, Ameen.

  6. fulaan permalink
    October 9, 2008 10:29 am

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

    Jazaaki Allaah for the basic breakdown.

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