Shukr is being grateful to Allah by thanking Him with the tongue, and admitting ones blessings by the tongue.
It’s also with love in the heart for the blessings Allah has given and it’s obedience to Allah with the limbs with acts of worship. This is mentioned by Ibn Qayyim (rh).
There are 5 principles for gratitude:
- Submission of the grateful one to Allah
- Love for Him
- Admitting the blessings
- Praising Him for that
- Not using the blessing in disobedience to Him.
This is why the Prophet (saw) would stand all night in prayer and when asked why he said, should I not be a grateful Slave!
We build our day and our lives around Allah and earning His Pleasure. Not living in the dunya and when we can, we remember Allah.
The way a person is reflects their own relationship with Allah and following the Sunnah.
For example, would a person go to work without brushing their teeth? So how can one go to the musjid with their disgusting morning breath?! The Prophet (saw) would be very keen to clean his mouth at all times and before he (saw) entered the house he would clean his mouth with siwaak.
Another example – There are 2 parking spaces, rather than parking one’s car in as much as possible the person parks in a way that takes two spaces. This shows a lot about that person. The Prophet (saw) would never harm anyone to the extent that removing something harmful from the pathways is from the branches of emaan!
In the Sahih a man was enjoying himself in Jannah because of removing harmful things from the pathway!
So pay attention to everything you do as it reflects your love and care of Allah and His Messenger (saw).