‘Alhamdulillah’ is a zikr that a Muslim recites very frequently through the day. This Arabic phrase means “All Praise is for Allah’ or ‘Praise be to Allah’. From everyday neyamats like breathing, eating and living a healthy life to special blessings like winning accolades, and earning a lot of wealth and fame, one must always express gratitude to Allah for all His favours, whether they are (seemingly) ordinary or extraordinary, tangible or intangible. Had it not been for Allah’s Mercy and Grace, we would not have existed, forget about living, growing and experiencing life. It comes therefore as no surprise or wonders that Muslim homes across the world are decorated with Alhamdulillah wall art or Alhamdulillah wall frame. Such kind of artworks comprises ‘Alhamdulillah’ written or painted in beautiful calligraphy.
The opening surah of Quran Majeed, Surah Al Fatiha, begins with ‘Alhamdulillah’. The first verse of the chapter is ‘Alhamdulillah-it-RabbilAalameen’ which in English means ‘Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds’
In the Quran (Chapter 14, Verse 7), it is written: “And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favour. But if you deny indeed, my punishment is severe.’”
Suhaib reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:“Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delighted, he thanks Allah, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (endures into patiently), there is good for him in it.” [Sahih Muslim]
It is significant to understand that Allah is in no need of gratitude from us. Nor does Allah need any of our acts of worship. Instead, it is we who need to express our gratitude to Allah for our own sake, our own benefit. Frequent recital of ‘Alhamdulillah’ helps us feel positive and humble. In times of delight or progress, it makes us humble. In times of stress or sorrow, it makes us positive. In a neutral state (neither sadness nor joy), we should still make it a habit to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ since, without us even realising it, we are in a non-stop state of blessing. For example, after we wake up in the morning or finish our meals, we should say ‘Alhamdulillah’. These are everyday, normal aspects of life, but just think, would can we live without waking up or eating?
Eating an apple? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Completed your assignment? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Holding the hands of your baby? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’ Sneezed? Always say ‘Alhamdulillah’.
We would also like to recommend that you can adorn the bare walls of your living and working spaces with Alhamdulillah all art or Alhamdulillah wall frame. Remember that art is a unique way to express your faith, belief and conviction, and that very well includes expressing gratitude to Our Lord too.