ART IN PRAISE OF ALLAH

‘Alhamdulillah’ is an extremely important phrase that a Muslim utters every day, more than once. ‘Alhamdulillah’ in English is “All Praise is for Allah’ or ‘Praise is to Allah’. From breathing and drinking water to lifetime achievements and earning of wealth – for each and every blessing, big and small, regular and special, tangible and intangible, a believer should always feel and express gratitude to Allah for His Mercy and Grace. Without the doubt, it is only and only because of Allah’s Mercy and Grace that we exist, live and grow. Therefore, it is no surprise that many of the homes and offices of many Muslims are decorated with Alhamdulillah art, in which ‘Alhamdulillah’ is written in calligraphy. These days, people also buy Alhamdulillah art canvas prints which handwritten calligraphy is printed on canvas.

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The first chapter of the Quran, Surah Al Fatiha, begins with ‘Alhamdulillah’. The first verse of the surah is ‘Alhamdulillah-it-RabbilAalameen’ which translates into ‘Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds’

In Chapter 14, Verse 7 of the Quran, it is written: “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 Prophet (peace be upon him) 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 delighted, 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]

Allah does not need gratitude from His slaves. He is in no need of any of our acts of worship. Feeling and expressing gratitude to Allah is for our benefit only. A frequent utterance of ‘Alhamdulillah’ makes us positive and humble. It keeps us humble in times of delight or progress. It helps us stay positive in times of distress or trouble. When we are neither experiencing sorrow or joy, we should still make be habituated to recite ‘Alhamdulillah’ for many of the blessings that we take for granted. For example, when we wake up in the morning or finish a meal, we should say ‘Alhamdulillah’ because even though these are daily, regular affairs, they are actually quite critical and indispensable. We will not be able to live if we can’t wake up in the morning or eat our meals.

You’ve got dinner on your table? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Slept well in the night? Still, say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Got a good raise in your performance review? Say ‘Alhamdulillah’.

We suggest to even decorate your walls with Alhamdulillah art. If you are the more artsy types, you can go for Alhamdulillah art canvas print for your walls. It can be a frequent spiritual reminder. A good place to hang the artwork in the dining area, because one of the biggest blessings is having food on your table.

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