The Virtues of Hamd

There are a number of ahadith that show us the great virtue of expressing hamd:

Muslim records on the authority of Anas ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Indeed Allah is pleased at His servant when he eats some food and praises Him for it or when he drinks a drink and praises Him for it.” (Muslim 6592)

Ibn Majah records on the authority of Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah does not grant a servant a favour for which he says al-Hamdullilah except that what he offered [of praising] is better and more virtuous that what he took [of the favour].” (Ibn Majah 3805)

Al-Bayhaqi commented on this by saying, ‘This is because the servant does not attain [the station] of praising and thanking Allah except by His divine accord. Therefore the greater excellence [of his praising Allah as compared o the initial blessings that Allah bestowed upon him] is by virtue of his being blessed with the [ability to] praise Allah and extol Him and this did not exist in the initial blessings.’ (as-Sindi 3795) …

Muslim records on the authority of Abu Musa al-Ashari that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Purity is half of faith, [the statment] al-Hamdullilah fills the scales and [the statement] SubhanAllah wa-l-Hamdullilah fills what is between the heaven and the earth.” (Muslim 432)

At-Tirmidhi records on the authority of Jabir bin Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The most excellent dhikr is [the statement] la ilaha illAllah and the most excellent supplication is [the statement] al-Hamdllilah.” (at-Tirmidhi 3623)

Ahmad records on the authority of Aswad bin Sari who said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “Should I not recite to you words of praise that I praised my Lord, Blessed and Exalted is He, with? He replied, “Of course! Indeed your Lord loves praise.” (Ahmad 15586)

Muslim records on the authority of Samurah bin Jundub that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The most beloved statements to Allah are four: SunhanAllah, al-Hamdullilah, La ilaha illAllah, Allahu Akbar…” (Muslim 2137)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 76-80

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