Alhamdulilah; all praise and thanks is due to Allah
We often forget that thikr (the mention or remembrance of Allah s.w.t) is an obligation to every Muslim. We are commanded to be in constant remembrance of Allah s.w.t in the Qur’an, just as we are commanded to pray our five daily prayers (1). Both are different forms of worship that feed your soul and allow you to taste the sweetness of faith in different flavors.
Thikr, unlike prayer, is among the easiest forms of worship. It requires nothing more than the movement of your tongue as you repeatedly praise your Lord, thank Him, glorify Him… Alhamdulilah is one of the many expressions to remember Allah s.w.t.
Allah s.w.t sent down many books to guide humanity. They are all summarized in the Torah, the Bible and the Quran. Again, these three are summarized in the Quran and the Quran is summarized in one Surah (chapter); Al-Fatiha. Surah Al-Fatiha begins with Alhamdulilah.
Allah s.w.t promises in the Quran that those who express gratitude to Him, He will surely increase them in goodness and blessings (2). Gratitude is essential to happiness in this world and the hereafter (3). A sort of divine contentment that only Allah s.w.t can place in your heart; one that nothing under the sky can break. Living gratitude also paves your path to heaven.
Faith is two things, patience and gratitude (4). The two come together, intertwined to strengthen each other. Patience is fueled by gratitude, and gratitude amplified by patience.
Among the many ways to express our gratitude to our creator, is by living the expression Alhamdulilah. To live it is to say it, think it and believe it just as often as your every breath. Although you can say Alhamdulilah whenever and wherever you wish, there are particular moments when I like to train myself to live Alhamdulilah. Such that when my tongue speaks it, my heart feels it.
As I lie in bed preparing my overly scattered mind to sleep, I like to list all the things I am grateful for.
Alhamdulilah for my home,
Alhamdulilah for my family,
Alhamdulilah for my mom,
Alhamdulilah for the moon and stars and the endless beauty of His creation…
I try to train myself to react to every situation with Alhamdulilah, be it happy, sad or anything in between.
When I see people in a less fortunate situation than I, I take that as an opportunity to say Alhamdulilah for every little ease that Allah s.w.t has blessed me with. Big and small.
When I find myself in a position to help others, I say Alhamdulilah for having been chosen by Allah s.w.t as a means to help another.
The list is nearly endless, and one lifetime is not enough for us to thank our creator for all that He has given and is yet to give.
May we all live Alhamdulilah as we stumble through this world all the way to heaven.
(1) Therefore remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me, and reject not Me. (Surah Al-Baqara : verse 152)
(2) “If you are grateful, I would certainly give you more; and if you are ungrateful, My chastisement is truly severe.” (Surah Ibrahim : verse 7)
(3) Read more about gratitude in the following blog post by Medicine Unveiled:
(4) “And when the servant considers all of faith, he will see it returning back in its entirety to patience and gratitude.” – Ibn Taymiyya