"And if you were to count the blessings of Allah, you will never be able to count them."

(Surah Ibrahim, 14:34)

Shukr, in Arabic, is a term that indicates thankfullness, gratitude, and human acknowledgement. It can also take on the meaning of "divine responsiveness." The following excerpt is an example of shukr as taken from the Holy Qur'an.

Sayida A'isha (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked to recount one of the most amazing experiences she had in the company of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace). She began to weep, and said, "Was there anything at all about him that was not a marvelous wonder? He came to me one night, and snuggled up beside me in my bed until his skin was touching my skin. But then he said: 'O daughter of Abu Bakr, let me go, so that I may devote myself to the worship of my Lord.'"

She said, "So I told him, 'I love your nearness, but I prefer to respect your dearest wish.' I therefore allowed him (Allah bless him and give him peace) to take his leave of me. So he got up, found a skin container full of water, and performed his ritual ablution, pouring a considerable amount of water in the process. Then he stood erect, and started to perform the ritual prayer. He wept as he did so, until his tears were streaming down onto his chest. He made raka'at (bowing) and shed more tears. Then he prostrated himself, and again he wept. Then he raised his head, and wept still more. He went on like this (Allah bless him and give him peace) until Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) arrived on the scene."

"I then said, 'O Messenger of Allah, what causes you to weep, when Allah has forgiven you your earlier and later sins?' To this he replied, (Allah bless him and give him peace) :

'Should I not be a thankful servant ['abd shakur]? Why should I not do it, since Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) has sent down to me the words of revelation:

Surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, and the ship that runs upon the sea with that which is of use to human beings, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky, thereby reviving the earth after its death, and dispersing all kinds of beasts therein, and the distribution of the winds, and the clouds set in orderly array between heaven and earth--surely there are signs for people who can understand. (Surah al Baqara, 2:164) '"