Friday, 01 December 2023 | 12:18 PM
Alhamdulillah in Arabic: ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ | Alhamdulillah Transliteration: Al-Ḥamdu Li-llāh| Alhamdulillah Translations: Praise be to Allah, all praise is for Allah alone, and all the praise and thanks be to Allah.
The best way for Muslims to express their gratitude to the Almighty is to recite ‘Alhamdulillah.' Reciting this beautiful Arabic word to praise and thank Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) can have immense material and spiritual rewards and will also strengthen our bond with the Almighty. Alhamdulillah tasbih is a popular dhikr and a means of gaining Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) pleasure and blessings. The use of Alhamdulillah serves as a reminder for Muslims of Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) supremacy. Whatever the situation may be, reciting this phrase shows appreciation towards Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and is a humble way of accepting His will in whatever has happened or is going to happen. Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:
“Purity is half of iman (faith). ‘Al-hamdu lillah (all praise and gratitude belong to Allah)’ fills the scales, and ‘subhan-Allah (how far is Allah from every imperfection) and ‘Al-hamdulillah (all praise and gratitude belong to Allah)’ fill that which is between heaven and earth" - (Riyad as-Salihin 1413, Book 15, Hadith 6).
In response to something good as a statement of thanksgiving. For instance, a new job, a promotion, the success of a loved one, recovering from disease, etc. Reciting Alhamdulillah should become a part of our daily conversations to express admiration and gratitude towards (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى).
In completion or avoidance of a difficult situation. We recite Alhamdulillah in or after a stressful situation with the understanding and belief that the matter has been or will be resolved due to Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) plan and will.
In understanding that whatever situation we face, good or bad, we must turn to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). He is our only strength, and we must offer thanks instead of complaining and wishing for something different.
In response to sneezing to thanks Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) for good health. When we sneeze, the intrathoracic pressure (pressure of blood on walls of blood vessels in the chest cavity) temporarily increases. This reduces the blood flow to the heart. To compensate, the heart momentarily changes its regular beating pattern and experiences a slight pause during the sneeze. So, reciting Alhamdulillah after sneezing is a means of thanking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) for restoring our heart’s function. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“When you sneeze, then say: All praises and thanks are to Allah. Your companion should say: May Allah have mercy upon you.” - (Hisn al-Muslim 188)
Strengthens bond with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). When we recite Alhamdulillah, we glorify and thank Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) Him for everything He has bestowed upon us. This helps create a strong bond with our Creator and deepens our connection and belief in Him.
Increases Blessings. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) has assured believers that He will increase His favors upon them if they remain grateful, leading to abundance. It is stated in the Quran:
“If you give thanks, I will certainly grant you more; but if you are ungrateful for My favors, My chastisement is terrible." (Quran 14:7)
Increases Humility. Saying Alhamdulillah reminds us that all the good things and happiness in our life are attributed to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). Reciting this phrase makes us humble and appreciative of even the smallest blessings, such as food, family, friends, etc. It also teaches us not to take things for granted.
Encourages Steadfastness. Saying Alhamdulillah during good times is easy, but remaining grateful during hardships is the real test of a Muslim’s belief in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). So, when times get tough, recite Alhamdulillah instead of stressing uncontrollably and remind yourself to stay positive and trust His plans since He is the Creator and giver of everything, and we must rely on His wisdom.
To say Alhamdulillah increases spirituality and steadfastness and strengthens belief in Allah, but to recite Alhamdulilah tasbih after namaz holds immense reward. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
"He who recites after every prayer: Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection) thirty-three times; Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) thirty-three times; Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times; and completes the hundred with: La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'ala kulli shai'in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent), will have all his sins pardoned even if they may be as large as the foam on the surface of the sea.”
The Muslim and Quran app can help you track when and how many times you recite Alhamdulillah daily! Use our online counters to help develop a daily schedule of tasbih and strengthen your connection with the All-Mighty. You can also download our Muslim and Quran app and keep track of your Alhamdulillah tasbih on the go!