This is an Arabic term often used by Muslims during conversation to express their satisfaction or gratitude for Allah’s blessings upon them. It is a word made up of about 3 parts; Al, meaning “the”, Hamdu, meaning “praise”, Li-lah, meaning “to Allah” (the word Allah is actually a combination of al, meaning “the” and ilah, meaning deity or God.
This article looks into the word its meaning and significance as it is one of the most common words used by Muslims aside “Allahu Akbar” and “sallamu Alaikum”.
The word can be translated in four possible forms in the English language, all of which have similar meaning;
• All praise is due to Allah
• All praise is due to God alone
• All the praises and thanks be to Allah
• Praise be to Allah
Alhamdulillah can be used in several different ways depending on the condition of usage. However, in each case, the speaker is giving thanks to Allah (SWT). Alhamdulillah may be a statement of gratitude to God for any gift, whether it be simply the gift of life or the gift of success, health, or strength.
Alhamdulillah may be used in prayer. By thanking Allah, the creator of all things, one is lifting their prayers to God. This makes your prayer to get the right attention you wish it to get from your maker.
Alhamdulillah may be used as a term of acceptance for trials and difficulties placed before us. In other words, one says Alhamdulillah in all situation because all situations have been created by God. In this context we say Alhamdulilah Ala Kuli Halin (Alhamdulilah in all situations)
We can seen that Alhamdulillah is not only used when all is well, it can also be used to acknowledge that all that befalls us either good or bad happens only by the will of Allah (SWT).