Al-Hamid (The One Who is Praised)

Alif Lam Ra. A Book which We have revealed to you that you might lead mankind out of darkness into the light by the leave of their Lord, al-Aziz (the Almighty) al-Hamid (the One Who is Praised)” (Surah Ibrahim [14]:1)

All praises be to Allah who is al-Hamid, the One Who is Praised, Who possesses the best of Names and the most perfect of Attributes, coupled with the best and most complete actions, for indeed the actions of Allah are based upon grace and justice.

Consider for a moment that all of the plants and animals are continually glorifying Allah their Creator. Even the fish in the depths of the ocean praise Him. In fact everything in the heavens and earth, including the vast oceans, towering mountains, and drifting clouds also glorify Allah and point to His infinite knowledge and power. Yet those who do not believe fail to grasp this glorification, as Allah states:

“The seven heavens and earth and all that is therein glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His praise. But you do not understand their glorification. Truly, He is Halim (Forebearing), Ghafur (Ever-Forgiving).”(Surah al-Isra’ [17]:44)

On the other hand, the believers sees the greatness of their Lord and they glorify Him, and thank Him for the blessings that He bestows on them. They know that they must be thankful servants, as Allah commands them:

“And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And verily We have recommended to the people of scripture before you, and you [O Muslims] that you (all) fear Allah. But if you do not believe, then to Allah belongs what is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and Allah is Ghani (Self-Sufficient), Hamid (Praiseworthy).” (Surah an-Nisa’ [4]:131)

“And indeed We bestowed upon Luqman wisdom saying, ‘Give thanks to Allah’ and whosoever gives thanks for [the benefit] of his own self. And whoever is ungrateful then verily Allah is Ghani (Self-Sufficient), Hamid (Worthy of all praise).” (Surah Luqman [31]:12)

“And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, and that it guides to the Path of al-Aziz (the Almighty), al-Hamid (the One Who is Praised).” (Surah Saba [34]:6)

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