Minus the thanksgiving dinner, Muslims pretty much celebrate thanksgiving everyday. Well what is thanksgiving? Historically, thanksgiving is a time where you are thankful for a “bountiful harvest” (Wikipedia’s words). It is celebrated in the United States and Canada. Interestingly, Canada’s thanksgiving is in October (please correct me if I’m wrong Canadian brothers) whereas in the United States, it is in November. Nowadays, thanksgiving is just a day where you give thanks to anyone or anything you want in your life.
Now what does thanksgiving have to do with Muslims? Read more to find out…
It is important to understand that as Muslims, we’re constantly being thankful. We don’t have this one day where we finally get to thank a certain person(s) for helping us throughout our lives. We do that everyday and automatically. In fact, we thank Allah at least 5 times a day thanks to our 5 daily prayers. We thank (or you at least you should be thanking) our parents for raising us, for feeding us, for supporting us, etc. We thank Allah for guiding us to the right path, we thank Allah for making us fortunate for having access to things that others might have, and we thank Allah for so much more.
Allah tells Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) in the Quran:
“Nay, but worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks” (Az-Zumar 39:66).
This applies to us as well since we all follow Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) example. Allah even rewards us for being thankful!:
“Nor can a soul die except by Allah’s leave, the term being fixed as by writing. If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any do desire a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those that who are thankful” (Aal `Imran 3:145).
In a sense, thanksgiving is not just an act of being thankful but it’s a Muslim’s life. We’re constantly being obedient to Allah and thanking Him for all the good things we have in this life. Even when we are struggling in this life, we are still very much thankful!
In terms of food, well food is just food. There doesn’t have to be one day where the food is very good. You can choose to make it that way everyday if you wanted. But for all the non-Muslims reading this, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. As for the Muslims, be thankful to Allah as you will be rewarded for doing so.
May Allah forgive our sins and guide us to the right path. And Allah knows best.