Alhamdulillah, Subhanallah, and Allahu-Akbar are short but powerful prayers that are recited by Muslims to show their gratitude towards Allah. In this short article we will cover all aspects of this word from the meaning of Alhamdulillah, to the pronunciation, when to say Alhamdulillah, virtues/ benefits, and lastly we’ll go cover 21 Alhamdulillah Quotes. Let’s begin…

Alhamdulillah Meaning and Pronunciation

Alhamdulillah (also called tahmid or hamdala) is a very short prayer that is repeated as devotional acts praising Allah. This is known as dhikr (zikir). The exact meaning of Alhamdulillah (pronounced “al-ham-doo-li-lah”) means “Praise be to Allah”. Slight variations of this would be: 

  • Thank Allah
  • All Praises and Thanks Be To Allah
  • All Praise is Due To Allah Alone

When to say Alhamdulillah

Since Alhamdulillah is a prayer used by Muslims to show gratitude towards Allah it can be said at any time. It’s beneficial to remember Allah multiple times a day and to recite these words, there’s no harm in doing so. Generally, it’s used to show appreciation whenever something good happens.

Have you ever made a dua to Allah and it come true? This would be a time when you would say Alhamdulillah. It is good to say thanks to the one who made this happen. The real challenge is to say Alhamdulillah when something bad happens because it could always be worse. We don’t know what Allah is saving us from when we perceive something as “bad” or when things don’t go our way.

Benefits and Virtues of Saying Alhamdulillah

It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said: “Umm Sulaim came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), teach me some words that I may supplicate with during my prayer.’ He said: ‘Glorify Allah (by saying Subhanallah) ten times, and praise Him (by saying Alhamdulilah) ten times, and magnify Him (by saying Allahu Akbar) ten times, then ask Him for what you need; He will say: ‘Yes, yes.’

Grade: Sahih (Darussalam) Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 1299 In-book reference: Book 13, Hadith 121

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “There are some words, the reciters of which will never be disappointed. These are: Tasbih [saying ‘Subhan-Allah’ (Allah is free from imperfection)], thirty-three times, Tahmid [saying ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ (praise be to Allah)] thirty-three times and Takbir [saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Greatest)] thirty-four times; and these should be recited after the conclusion of every prescribed prayer

[Muslim] Book Riyad as-Salihin Arabic/English book reference: Book 16, Hadith 1420

21 Alhamdullilah Quotes

Be conscious and deliberate in thanking Allah, Islam is religion where the intention is important. It’s a simple act that is required when things tend to go our way, to show gratitude to him. In a way, this also keeps your ego controlled and allows you to remain humble. The remainder of this post will contain some Quran verses and Alhamdullilah quotes that further drives home the point to be grateful.  

  1. “Alhamdulillah for everything I have, Alhamdulillah for everything I had and Alhamdulillah for everything I will have.”
  2. In Surah Al-Ala ayat 7 it says, “Except what Allah should will. Indeed, He knows what is declared and what is hidden. And We will ease you toward ease.”
  3. “Allahumdulillah! For everything even the trials that makes me closer to You, oh Allah.”- Dr. Bilal Philips

be grateful surah ibrahim ayat 7

  1. And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.” Surah Ibrahim Ayat 7
  2. “Alhamdulillah for everything. We can never thank Allah enough for the countless bounties He blessed us with.” – Dr. Bilal Philips
  3. Alhamdulillah for another blessed day. Ya Allah, help me to be among the righteous and help me to follow in your path today and always with anything that will please you. “Say Alhamdulillah now and always because he has still given you the opportunity to thank him.”
  4. “To be able to thank Allah is a blessing within itself”
  5. “Do Start with Bismillah. Do end with Alhamdulillah. Do appreciate with Subhan Allah. Hope with Insha’Allah. And life will be blessed by Allah”
  6. “And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.” Surah Ibrahim Ayat 34

my success is only through Allah

  1. He said, “O my people, have you considered: if I am upon clear evidence from my Lord and He has provided me with a good provision from Him…? And I do not intend to differ from you in that which I have forbidden you; I only intend reform as much as I am able. And my success is not but through Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return.
  2. Alhamdulillah ‘alaa kuli haa meaning All praises are for Allah in All conditions.
  3. Remembering Allah is a form of prayer and showing gratitude. Those who are gracious and make the effort to remember Allah will be given ‘what they used to do’. In the Quran, Surah Nahl ayat 97,  “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer, we will surely cause him to live a good life, and we will surely give them their reward [in the hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.”
  4. “As for those who believed and did righteous deeds, for them will be the Gardens of Refuge, as accommodation for what they used to do.” (32:19)
  5. “Some days you’re happy, some days you’re sad. This is life; one has to take the rough with the smooth and just say, Alhamdulillah.” — Dr. Bilal Philips
  6. “Say Alhamdulillah when you sit with your family, Because there is someone somewhere who wishing to be with his family.”
  7. “Remember Allah, Follow Quran anmd Sunnah, Keep Smiling, Love ur family, Be humble, Be respectful. Do your best and Say Alhamdulillah for everything.”

remember Allah and he will remember you

  1. “So remember me and I will remember you” Surah Baqarah Verse 152.
  2. Surah Fatiha is the first surah of Quran and it begins with “alhamdulillah rabbil alamin” which means “[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds.” Every time you pray salat you begin by praising Allah, this is a sign of showing of thankfulness and Shukr.
  3. “Know that thankfulness is from the highest of stations, and it is higher than patience, fear, and detachment of the world.” Imam Al-Ghazali
  4. Thank you Allah for Blessing me much more than I deserve
  5. Every pain has a purpose. Every fall has a reason. The Almighty wouldn’t have allowed it to happen. Remember, life is a process. Each part of it is necessary to reach your next milestone. Short cuts won’t work. So embrace whatever He has planned and you’ll rise again!

Final Note:

We give to much power to other people’s judgement. If we are constantly comparing ourselves to those around us we are relinquishing control of our happiness. We’re letting external forces dictate our behavior and mood. This does not allow us to be present and appreciate what’s in front of us. To harbor jealousy and envy is poison. Simply ask yourself the question “what do I have to be grateful for” and you will begin to see the millions of blessings Allah has given you. Things can always be worse.

Change what you’re focusing on and you will feel a lot better. Don’t focus on what you lack but what you’re given.

Whatever life throws at you, just accept it and say Alhamdullilah. It can’t be any other way than the way it already is.