Praising Allaah


The slave praises Allaah at least 17 times a day when he recites Surat Al Fatihah in the Salaah. The Surah which The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said about:

“Whoever does not recite Al-Fatiha in his prayer, his prayer is invalid.” [Saheeh Al Bukhari]

It is the Surah which is oft repeated as Allaah said:

“And indeed, We have bestowed upon you seven of Al-Mathani (the seven repeatedly recited Verses), (i.e. Surat Al-Fatiha) and the Grand Quran.” [15:87]

In it, The Lord, Most High praises Himself and taught His slaves how to praise Him. The scholars have stated that praise, Hamd, is not praise except with love and respect. This is what distinguishes it from Madh (praise) which denotes only the quality and not necessarily love and respect. The definite article ‘al’ is for comprehensiveness I.e all the praise is for Allaah alone.

The praise of Allaah can be categorised in to five main aspects:

1) Praising Him for His Ruboobiyyah- Lordship.

2) Praising Him for His Names and Attribute

3) Praising Him for His Uluhiyyah- His right to be worshipped

4) Praising Him for His Shari’ah

5) Praising Him for the Divine Decree

It must be understood that praise is offered on account of a blessing or a calamity, whereas Shukr, thanks, are only on account of a favour. Therefore Allaah is praised in His Lordship, as He is The Lord, True Master, King and Disposer of affairs; in His Names and Attributes, in His right to be worshipped alone as none other than Him is deserving. He is praised for the Legislation that He sent down for His creation and He is praised for whatever He decrees for His slave, whether good or bad. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Strange are the ways of a believer, for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer. If he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allaah), thus there is good for him in it, and if he faces an affliction, he endures patiently and there is good for him in it.” [Saheeh Muslim]

Allaah began five Surahs with His praise:

1) Surat Al Fathihah:

“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).”

2) Al-An’aam:

“All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who (Alone) created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light, yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord.”

3) Al-Kahf:

“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) the Book (the Quran), and has not placed therein any crookedness.”

4)Saba’:

“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. His is all the praises and thanks in the Hereafter, and He is the AllWise, the AllAware.”

5)Faatir:

“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the (only) Originator [or the (only) Creator] of the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings, – two or three or four. He increases in creation what He wills. Verily, Allah is Able to do all things.”

The word Al Hamd is mentioned more than forty times in the Qur’an therefore it is incumbent on the slave that he praises Allaah. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Purity is half of iman (faith). ‘Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)’ fills the scales, and ‘subhan-Allah (how far is Allah from every imperfection) and ‘Al-hamdulillah (praise be to Allah)’ fill that which is between heaven and earth. And the salah (prayer) is a light, and charity is a proof, and patience is illumination, and the Qur’an is a proof either for you or against you. Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or causing its ruin.” [Saheeh Muslim]

Praising Him holds a great reward though it is light on the tongue. It is uttered by the people of paradise as Allaah said:

“Verily, those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them through their Faith; under them will flow rivers in the Gardens of delight (Paradise).

Their way of request therein will be Subhanaka Allahumma (Glory to You, O Allah!) and Salam (peace, safe from each and every evil) will be their greetings therein (Paradise)! and the close of their request will be: Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil-‘Alamin [All the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)].” [10:9-10]

The reward of praising Allaah is great and the Ahadith that mention them are numerous, so it will suffice that I mention just a few:

“Allah does not bestow a blessing upon any slave and he says: ‘Al-hamdu Lillah (praise is to Allah),’ except that what he gives (the praise) is better than what he received (the blessing).” [Sunan Ibn Majah:Hasan]

It is a means for Allaah’s pleasure:

“Allah will be pleased with His slave who praises Him (i.e., says Al-hamdu lillah) when he eats and praises Him when he drinks”. [Saheeh Muslim]

A means to earn a house in Jannah:

“When a slave’s child dies, Allah the Most High asks His angels, ‘Have you taken out the life of the child of My slave?” They reply in the affirmative. He then asks, ‘Have you taken the fruit of his heart?’ They reply in the affirmative. Thereupon he asks, ‘What has My slave said?’ They say: ‘He has praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall be returned). Allah says: ‘Build a house for My slave in Jannah and name it as Bait-ul-Hamd (the House of Praise).” [At-Tirmidhi: declared Hasan by Al-Albani]

And it is beloved to Allaah, the Most High:

“Nothing is more beloved to Allah than His praise as He has praised Himself and no one is more self-respecting than Allah Himself and it is because of this that He has prohibited abominable acts.” [Saheeh Muslim]

May Allaah grant us the success to praise Him abundantly and achieve His pleasure.

الحمد لله و صلى الله و سلم على رسول الله

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2 thoughts on “Praising Allaah

  1. Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu ukhti
    Thank you for this informative and extremely useful post. You’re so right, praise is light on the tongue yet it holds great rewards for the believer. It’s sad how at times we fail to utilize our time in praising Allah, and instead engage in vain talk and futile worldly activities. May Allah forgive us. Jazak Allah khair for the wonderful reminder! Allahumma baarik lak. 🙂 And Ameen to your dua.

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