Alhamdulillah is an Arabic word, which is also called Tamid in the native Arabic language. The word means “praise to God”, sometimes interpreted as “thank God”, and is used by Muslims in every region and country of origin. Alhamdulillah was adopted from the first verse of a sacred Islamic book called the Koran (Al-Fatiha ), the words of the prophet Muhammad. However, the word is also used by Jews and Christians who speak the Arabic language.
The three parts of Alhamdulillah
Alhamdulillah can be divided into three parts, Al, Hamdu and Li-llah. Each of these elements has the specific meaning, for example, Al is an article “the”, hamdu can be interpreted literally as “praise” or “praise”. Finally, Li-llah contains two parts of the discourse, a preposition (Li) and a name (Allah) meaning “Allah”. The word Allah says unambiguously, God. The article (the) is used in the same way as the English language to identify the noun that shows that he (Allah) is the Supreme Being, a unique “God”. Muslims and Arabs often use the word Allah; for this excessive use of the word (from more than one subgroup), it was coined for Hamdala.It is found in notable Islamic names including Mohammed, Mahmoud and Ahmad.
When we translate Alhamdulillah into English it has different versions of meaning. For example, we could convert it to “all praises are due to God alone”. Alhamdulillah also means “all thanks and praise to Allah”. Finally, the translation of Alhamdulillah may also be “praise to Allah”.
Uses of Alhamdulillah in historical sources
A writer named Jabir ibn Abd-Allah wrote in his Hadith that the best way to remember God is to sing the ilaha illa llah and the best prayer is the Alhamdulillah . Abu Huraira also wrote that according to Muhammad, every prayer that excludes the word Alhamdulillah is a faulty prayer. On the other hand, Anas bin Malik stated that according to Muhammad, God is pleased with a slave who thanks them using the word Alhamdulillah whenever he or she takes a drink at any time of eating.
Greetings from Alhamdulillah
Several Islamic greetings use the phrase Alhamdulillah . For example, when a Muslim meets another Muslim, the greeting would be salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa barakatuhu which means “may you bless Allah’s blessings, mercy and peace”. The answer would be wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu means “and may Allah’s peace, blessings and mercy be upon you”.
When one sneezes, the reaction is to say Alhamdulillah which can mean “all praise is due to God alone” and the answer from the rest is yah hamuk Allah means “may Allah have mercy on you”.
When one wants to sleep, they say Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahyaa which means “oh Allah in your name alive and I die”.
To express the pain when someone dies, it is called Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun, to signify “to Allah we belong and to Him we return”.