September 22nd, 2020
What is Alhamdulillah? What actually it means for those who say it. Another term for Alhamdulillah is Tahmeed. The literal meaning of which is ‘All the praises be to ALLAH’ more about is covered next. As soon as you snatch the opportunity, promptly say Alhamdulillah! Make it a habit, stick this phrase on your tongue invariably.
What is Alhamdulillah? Everything You Need to Know!
There are a number of spellings for Alhamdulillah:
These are the improper and incorrect pronunciation of the word Alhamdulillah! If you are pronouncing this word like any one that is written above you are pronouncing it wrong.
The more places, regions, countries, and continents you travel. The more different and new spellings and pronunciations you will discover.
Alhamdulillah can be written in Arabic as:
Believe me! I have a shortcut on my iPhone and my pc, I created it. When I just type ‘Alh’ it replaces with ‘Alhamdulillah’. I use this phrase so often.
How to pronounce the word Alhamdulillah?
If I divide this word into three parts:
Al+hamdu+lillah where you have to pronounce the ‘hey’ of ‘hamdu’ from the throat. This is why we always put ‘ preceding ‘hey’. So the pronunciation spontaneously comes out of the throat. For i.e. Al’hamdulillah
The Holy Prophet sallALLAHu ‘Alayhe Wasallam said:
“When the servant says:
Alhamdulillah lillahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen’
Praise belongs to ALLAH, the Lord of all the worlds,
ALLAH says: “My servant has paid his homage to Me.”
Homage means special honor and respect. Here it hints about the loyalty or commitment given by a slave to his Lord. Whosoever praises anything anywhere in the world is ultimately praising ALLAH.
If you admire a flower of a rose. Wow! how beautiful this rose is? Ultimately, you are saying: Wow! how beautiful ALLAH made this rose?
But I am still jumbled that why do people say Alhamdulillah is very powerful?
Darn! The meaning of Alhamdulillah is ‘All the praises and thanks be to ALLAH’. Now, what power you need from this phrase? Just know the core intention behind this; Praising ALLAH for whatever you have. Praise ALLAH for everything you have!
But still my question is why I have to say Alhamdulillah?
The answer is very straight forward. Swallowing the true fact! When you say Alhamdulillah it cuts the very root of polytheism or the worship of created beings.
You are accepting that ALLAH solely is the creator of the worlds.
Just 6 days and ALLAH created the whole world. Being a part of it. You own immense blessings since when you born: Your taste buds, your 576-megapixel eyes, and so on. (If we discuss we will get off the topic). You know this exceptionally. Don’t forget to read→ La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah
The Meaning of Alhamdulillah
Pronouncing Al prior to the word ‘Hamd encompasses every Type of Thanks and Appreciation for ALLAH.
Roman English Transliteration: Alhamdulillah
Hindi Transliteration: अल’हम्दुलिल्लाह
The Arabic letter ‘Aleef’ ‘ا’ and ‘Lam’ ‘ل’ before the word ”Hamd’ serve to encompass thanks in entirety and appreciation for ALLAH, the Majestic.
I am quoting a few verses here from the Holy Quran. There are a number of chapters (Surahs) that consists of the phrase ‘Alhamdulillah’ followed by what ALLAH has done and HIS Majesty & Glory. Read→ La Ilaha Illallah Full Dua here.
Where & How is Alhamdulillah Mentioned in Quran?
Alhamdulillah is a part of Quranic verse/ayat. I am elaborating as to why I must say Alhamdulillah in context with The Noble Quran.
- The very first verse/ayat of Surah Fatiha: الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds.
I must say Alhamdulillah- because ALLAH is the Sustainer of all the worlds.
- The very first verse/ayat of Surah Al-An’aam: الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَجَعَلَ الظُّلُمَاتِ وَالنُّورَ
All praises and thanks be to ALLAH, Who (Alone) created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light;
I must say Alhamdulillah because HE (Alone) created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light;
- The forty-fifth (45th) verse/ayat of Surah Al-An’aam: وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
And praise to ALLAH, Lord of the worlds.
I must say Alhamdulillah because HE is Lord of the worlds.
- The forty-third (43rd) verse/ayat of Surah Al-A’araaf: الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا
And praise to ALLAH, who has guided us to this;
I must say Alhamdulillah because HE has guided us to this; Because guidance comes only from ALLAH.
Likewise, you will find more verses ahead. Surah Yunus verse/ayat #10, Surah Ibraheem verse/ayat #39, Surah An-Nahl verse/ayat #75, Surah Al-Isra verse/ayat #111, and more. There are around 23 places in the Noble Quran where you can find this phrase Alhamdulillah.
You must say thanks to ALLAH for whatever you possess, including the grand cause ‘Ashraful Makhuqaat’ that is your ‘free will’. You did what you wanted to do. You went where you wanted to go. You committed sins: did haram; earned rewards: did halal. Everything happened on your own free will.
One more reason to say Alhamdulillah is already mentioned in The Holy Quran Surah #55, Surah Ar-Ra’hman:
Fabi Ayyi Aala-i Rabbikuma Tukazziban
So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?
You never know the vegetables and pulses you are having in your dinner belongs to which farm? Who cultivated these? Though you are enjoying it. Also, read→ Dua for Wearing New Clothes
What is Alhamdulillah: Different Translations By the Scholars
“All praise is due to God alone” (Muhammad Asad)
“All the praises and thanks be to ALLAH” (Muhammad Muhsin Khan)
“Praise be to ALLAH” (Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthall)
“All praise is due to ALLAH” (Saheeh International)
“All perfect praises belong to the Almighty alone.” (A. R. Rahman)
Also, read→ ALLAHumma Alhimni Rushdi Hadith
Alhamdulillah in Hadith
Alhamdulillah is also known as Tahmeed.
It was narrated that Zaid bin Sabit said:
“They were commanded to say the tasbih thirty-three times following the prayer, and to say the tahmid thirty-three times, and to say the takbir thirty-four times, then a man from among the Ansar was told in a dream:
‘Did the Messenger of ALLAH sallALLAHu ‘Alayhe Wasallam command you to say the tasbih thirty-three times following the prayer, and to say the tahmid thirty-three times, and to say the takbir thirty-four times?’
He said: ‘Yes.’ ‘Instead of that, say each one twenty-five times, and include the tahlil among them.’
The next morning he came to the Messenger of ALLAH sallALLAHu ‘Alayhe Wasallam and told him about that, and he said: ‘Do that.'”
Sunan an-Nasa’i 1350 | Grade : Hasan (Darussalam)
It was narrated from Nu’man bin Bashir that :
the Messenger of ALLAH sallALLAHu ‘Alayhe Wasallam said:
“What you mention of glory of ALLAH, of Tabsih (Subhan-Allah), Tahlil (Allahu-Akbar) and Tahmid (Al-Hamdu lillah), revolves around the Throne, buzzing like bees, reminding of the one who said it. Wouldn’t anyone of you like to have, or continue to have, something that reminds of him (in the presence of ALLAH)?'”
Sunan Ibn Majah 3809 | Grade : Hasan (Darussalam)
When to Say Alhamdulillah & What’s the Reply?
Thanking ALLAH in every condition helps to earn more rewards and good deeds. Doesn’t matter if you are in a worse situation in your life. Be mindful of saying Alhamdulillah. Don’t ever complain to anybody but ALLAH. HE will definitely grant you more then.
Generally, in a normal conversation and it’s been very popular among Muslims worldwide.
Regarding the reply to this phrase. When you sneeze say Alhamdulillah and the other person should say yar’hamkullah which means may ALLAH have mercy upon you! You would love to read dua to sneeze in details here→ YarhamukALLAH Meaning
Let discuss a few examples from our everyday routine.
When you have got an adorable and very precious gift by ALLAH, that is your wife.
- I have a beautiful, sincere, obedient, and Deeni wife Alhamdulillah!
or your kiddo!
- I have a handsome, intelligent obedient for year old son Alhamdulillah!
When you feel like you have everything in this world and you feel it from the bottom of the heart.
- Alhamdulillah! for everything.
A good health of a man is a priceless gift by ALLAH.
Say: Alhamdulillah! for my good health.
Alhamdulillah can be said in daily conversations too.
How are you?
- You will say: I am good Alhamdulillah! This means I am good All the praises and thanks be to ALLAH.
When someone asks you in a feast:
How was the food?
- You will say: the food was awesome and tasty Alhamdulillah!
Have you had food properly?
- You will say: Yes, Alhamdulillah!
How was your exam result?
- You will say: It got the first rank Alhamdulillah!
When you ask for someone for his sickness. How is your fever now?
- You will say: My fever has gone away Alhamdulillah!
If you really loved this post please do say Alhamdulillah, for the opportunity that ALLAH granted me to pen this down, and to you to read this. Let your loved ones read this post too, and know the core details and intentions behind this lovely phrase Alhamdulillah!
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