On the authority of Abu Maalik al-Haarith ibn Aasim al-Ashari, (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ‘Purification is half of the faith. The phrase al-hamdulillah (‘All praises be to Allah ‘) fills the scale. The phrases sub-haanallaah (‘High is Allah above every imperfection and need; He is pure and perfect’) and al-hamdullilah (‘All praise be to Allah’) fill together – or each fill – what is between the heavens and earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is a proof. Patience is a brightness. The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you. And everyone goes out in the morning and sells himself either freeing or destroying himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)
“The phrase al-hamdulillah (‘All praises be to Allah ‘) fills the scale.”
The Prophet (s) advised us that saying al-hamdulillah, or ‘All praises be to Allah’, fills the scale. Al-hamdulillah is an expression of both praise and gratitude to Allah (swt). It is something that can only be understood or realised when one thinks of the bounties that Allah (swt) has bestowed on us. This includes the bounty of knowing Allah (swt) and knowing that He (swt) should be thanked. It also comes about as a result of reflecting on Allah (swt) and His attributes of perfection. It is important to note that al-hamdulillah must be uttered with due respect and reverence to its meaning in order to receive this high reward.
The Prophet (s) then went on to describe the reward for this realisation and utterance of al-hamdulillah, by saying that it ‘fills the scale’. Belief in the Scale or Balance that we will see on the Day of Judgement, forms part of a Muslim’s complete belief. Allah (swt) and His Messenger (s) have told us that people’s good and bad deeds will be weighed in a scale on the Day of Judgement, as a demonstration of the Justice of Allah (swt). This aspect is mentioned in numerous verses in the Qur’an including:
“And We shall set up the balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And sufficient are We as those who reckon.” (Surah al-Anbiyaa:47)
Many Ahaadeeth tell us that the weighing takes place on a real scale, with two plates, and that good deeds will be weighed on one side and evil deeds on the other. Allah (swt) will give mass to our deeds before they are weighed. Therefore it can be understood that the physical manifestation that Allah (swt) will give to the sincere utterance of the statement al-hamdulillah, will fill the scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement.
Fill the scale! SubhanAllah the mercy of Allah (swt). He (swt) provides us with the ability to realise His (swt) blessings and thank Him (swt) for them. Then He (swt) rewards us for that with the most valuable thing we could imagine, weight in our scale of good deeds, which could in turn allow us entry into Jennah by the mercy of Allah (swt). So simple, and yet the magnitude of it is so large.
Busy your lips with dhikr of Allah, every spare moment you have: waking up; washing the dishes; walking, waiting in a queue, after prayer, before sleep, between mouthfuls of you meal – al-hamdulillah – every spare moment you have. Keep your tongue wet with the sincere dhikr of Allah (swt) and reap this most magnificent of rewards.