Al-Hamīd (The Praiseworthy)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) led his Companions in prayer one day, and as he raised his head from bowing and said:

“Sami‘allāhu liman hamidah (Allah hears he who praises Him),” a man behind him said: “Rabbana wa laka al-hamd hamdan kathīran tayyiban mubārakan fīh (Our Lord, praise be to You, praise that is abundant, good, and blessed).” When he finished, he asked: “Who said that?” The man said: “Me.” He said: “I saw over thirty angels competing to write this down first.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri]

How could they not compete over this while Allah Almighty loves praise?!

We extend all praise to You, our Lord,

though we cannot praise You enough.

Allah Almighty praises Himself saying:

{...He is the Guardian, the Praiseworthy.}

[Surat ash-Shūra: 28]

Our Lord, Exalted be He, is Praiseworthy in terms of His essence, His names, attributes, and actions.

He possesses the most beautiful names and the most sublime attributes, and does the best and most perfect actions.

And our Lord is Praiseworthy in terms of His Shariah, which is the best and most beneficial for all creatures.

Moreover, our Lord is Praiseworthy for His Oneness and for being Exalted above having partners, equals, or supporters due to weakness. Allah Almighty says:

{And say, “Praise be to Allah Who has not taken a son, nor does He have any partner in His dominion, nor does He need any protector out of weakness. And proclaim His greatness immensely.”}

[Surat al-Isrā’: 111]

Our Lord is praised by all tongues and in every condition. All creatures constantly sing praise of Him, including inanimate objects, for His favors and blessings as well as for His perfection and majesty. Allah Almighty says:

{The seven heavens and the earth, and all those in them glorify Him. There is not a single thing that does not glorify Him with His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. Indeed, He is Most Forbearing, All-Forgiving.}

[Surat al-Isrā’: 44]

The Almighty Lord is worthy of being praised in every form of praise. Even if His creatures did not praise Him, He is still Praiseworthy for His bounty, grace, and mercy.

No one except Him is praised for all conditions and circumstances.

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