How should one be thankful for blessings? And what are we—as Muslims—required to do with all these innumerous and incalculable blessings?
That which is required is to be thankful for the blessings, and showing gratitude for blessings guarantees the continuity [of blessings being bestowed upon you].
وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”
[Sūrah Ibrāhīm, 14:7]
Gratitude has three pillars of which it cannot be called gratitude without: Firstly:
Acknowledging the blessings of Allāh inwardly, so that you know in yourself and in your heart that all these blessings come from Allāh, and that it is a favour from Him which he has bestowed upon you and the Muslims. Secondly:
Openly proclaim (the blessings of Allāh), Allāh mentions:
وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
And proclaim the Grace of your Lord
[Surah al-Ḍuḥá, 93:11]
So proclaim the blessings of Allāh and thank Him for it. Remind your brothers of these blessings and incite them to show gratitude (to Allāh for these blessings).
Utilising (the blessings) accordingly in obedience to Allāh. Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-FawzānSource: الواجب إتجاه النعمTranslated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī