‘Alhamdulillah’ is an oft-recited zikr by which a Muslim expresses his or her gratitude to Allah for the all the blessings in life – from breathing, eating and walking to winning fame and making big money. ‘Alhamdulillah’ is Arabic for “All Praise is for Allah’ or ‘Praise be to Allah’. For every blessing, big and small, (seemingly) basic and special, tangible and intangible, a Muslim must always express his gratefulness to Allah. Because without Allah’s Mercy or Grace, we would not even have been in this world, let alone experience it. Perhaps you should also display in your home Alhamdulillah wall art as a frequent spiritual reminder. You can search for ‘Alhamdulillah art’ on the Internet for calligraphy of the zikr.
The first chapter of the Glorious Quran, Surah Al Fatiha, starts with ‘’Alhamdulillah-ir-Rabbil Aalameen’ which is Arabic for ‘Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds’
In Surah Ibrahim, Ayat 7 of the Holy Quran, Almighty Allah says: “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 Messenger of Allah (SAW) 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 delight, 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 important to note that Allah does not need our gratefulness, or in fact, any act of our worship. Acts or expressions of worship that Allah has ordained for us are for our benefit only. When we are grateful to Allah, we are the ones who benefit from such attitude. Frequent recital of ‘Alhamdulillah’ keeps us positive and humble. It keeps us humble in times of delight. It reassures us in times of distress. When we are neither in delight nor in distress, we should still make it a habit to say and feel ‘Alhamdulillah’. That’s because we are in a constant, non-stop condition of being blessed even though we don’t realise it. For instance, when we wake up or drink water, we should say ‘Alhamdulillah’. These are routine affairs, but just think, can we live without waking up or drinking water?
Got food on your table and water in your fridge? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Reached home after a long trip? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Have a roof over your head? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’.
You may also want to display in your homes or offices Alhamdulillah art such as Alhamdulillah wall art frames. You can gift such calligraphy to a friend as well. Let us remember that art is also a medium to express one’s belief, including our gratitude to Allah for all that He has bestowed us with including our artistic talents as well as our homes.