Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Meaning of Alhamdulillah and Rewards for Saying it


Alhamdulillah means “All praise be to God” in arabic. It's an important expression that's used by Muslims around the world during various parts of their day, including the five daily prayers and at the beginning of each prayer recitation.

Alhamdulillah is one of the most common expressions used in Islam; it has special significance due to its place in Islamic daily practice and as one of Islam's fundamental beliefs.

Alhamdulillah refers to the realization that whatever happens in your life is by the will of God (Allah). Alhamdulillah doesn’t necessarily mean that everything that happens in your life is good, or that every situation you find yourself in or go through is one you want to experience. The meaning of Alhamdulillah, rather, reminds you to trust in God and make the best of what you have at the time.


Alhamdulillah in Arabic


الحمد لله, in english: “All praise belongs to God”. Alhamdulillah means thanks and praise to god. It’s said when expressing gratitude to god for something big or small.


When to say Alhamdulillah


The literal translation of Al-Hamdu lil-Lah is praise be to God. However, in Islam it refers to a phrase which includes praise for all those who deserve such praise. Muslims say it when someone sneezes because they believe that at that moment one's soul goes and sits with God.

Muslims also say Al-Hamdu Lil'Allah when they hear bad news in order to show happiness in God's will and plan. It can also be said after any good news or event as a way to show gratitude to God for all things.


Reciting Alhamdulillah after eating and drinking

Anas b. Malik reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Allah is pleased with His servant who says: Alhamdulillah While taking a morsel of food and while drinking. – Sahih Muslim Book 035, Number 6592:


Alhamdulillah When One Sneezes


Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Five are the rights of a Muslim over his brother: responding to salutation, saying Yarhamuk Allah when anybody sneezes and says Alhamdulillah, visiting the sick. following the bier. ' Abd al-Razzaq said that this hadith has been transmitted as mursal hadith from Zuhri and he then substantiated it on the authority of Ibn Musayyib. - Sahih Muslim Chapter 3: Book 026, Number5378


Saying Alhamdulillah is a Sadaqa


Abu Dharr reported: some of the people from among the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said to him: Messenger of Allah, the rich have taken away (air the) reward. They observe prayer as we do; they keep the fasts as we keep, and tray give Sadaqa out of their surplus riches. 

Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can (also) do sadaqa? In every declaration of the glorification of Allah (i. e. saying SubhanAllah) there is a Sadaqa, and every Takbir (i. e. saying Allahu Akbar) is a sadaqa, and every praise of His (saying Alhamdulillah) is a Sadaqa and every declaration that He is One (La illaha ill-Allah) is a sadaqa, and enjoining of good is a sadaqa, and forbidding of that which is evil is a Sadaqa, and in man's sexual Intercourse (with his wife, ) there is a Sadaqa. They (the Companions) said: Messenger of Allah, is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual passion among us? He said: Tell me, if he were to devote it to something forbidden, would it not be a sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to devote it to something lawful, he should have a reward. – Sahih Muslim Book 005, Number 2198


Alhamdulillah for everything

As a Muslim, we were taught to say Alhamdulillah as an expression of gratitude for everything. It literally means “All praise is due to God”. Saying it doesn’t make you a religious person, but saying it with meaning can certainly add more meaning to your life.

Do you have food on your table? There are people dying in their sleep from starvation every night. Are you healthy enough to go out today and play with your kids? Don’t forget to thank God for your good health (and for allowing us all to be alive).

Just one simple word or phrase can make all the difference in helping us see beyond our own lives and view our problems from a higher perspective.


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