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Book Thirteen: The Book of Praise and Gratitude to Allah
ﻩﺮﻜﺷو ﻰﻟﺎﻌﺗ ﷲا ﺪﻤﺣ بﺎﺘآ
Chapter 242
The Obligation of Gratitude
Allah the Exalted says:
"Therefore, remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My
countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.''
"If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My
And say: `All the praises and thanks be to Allah.'''
"And the close of their request will be: `Al-hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`alamin [All the praise is due to Allah, the
Rubb of `Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists)].'''
ﻦِﻣ ﻦْﻴَﺣَﺪَﻘِﺑ ِﻪِﺑ َيِﺮْﺳُأ َﺔﻠْﻴَﻟ ﻲِﺗُأ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﱠنَأ ، ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ، ةﺮْﻳَﺮُه ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ُﻞﻳﺮﺒﺟ َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ، َﻦﺒﱠﻠﻟا َﺬﺧَﺄﻓ ﺎﻤِﻬْﻴَﻟإ َﺮَﻈﻨﻓ ، ﻦﺒَﻟو ﺮْﻤَﺧ
َه يﺬﱠﻟا ِﻪﱠﻠﻟ ُﺪْﻤﺤﻟا
ْﻮﻟ ِةﺮْﻄِﻔﻠﻟ َكاﺪ
َﻚُﺘﱠﻣُأ ْتﻮَﻏ َﺮْﻤَﺨﻟا َتْﺬَﺧأ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
On the Night of Al-Isra (the Night of Ascension) the
Prophet (PBUH) was presented with two drinking vessels: one full of wine and the other one full of milk. He looked
at them. Then he took the vessel which was full of milk. Thereupon Jibril (Gabriel) said: "Al-hamdu lillah (praise be
to Allah) Who has guided you to that, which is in accord with Fitrah (i.e., Islamic Monotheism; pure nature of
Islam). Had you selected wine, your people would have gone astray.
This Hadith highlights the following points:
1. Islam is a religion which matches with the pure nature. Every sensible person accepts it instinctively.
2. One who is endowed with the capacity and aptitude to do good should praise Allah.
3. Wine is the root of all evils and for this reason has been regarded the "Mother of Vices''.
4. To take good omen from agreeable signs is Mustahabb (
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ْﻦﻋ ُﻪْﻨﻋو
ـــﺑ ﻪﻴﻓ ُأﺪْﺒُﻳ ﻻ لﺎﺑ يِذ ٍﺮْﻣأ ﱡﻞُآ
َﻮُﻬَﻓ ﻪﱠﻠﻟ ﺪﻤﺤﻟا
ُﻩُﺮﻴﻏو دواد ﻮﺑأ ُﻩاور ، ٌﻦَﺴﺣ ٌﺚﻳﺪﺣ
ﻒﻴﻌﺿ ] . (
ﻪﻴﻓ :
ًاّﺪﺟ ﺚﻳﺪﺤﻟا ﺮﻜﻨﻣ ﻮهو ، يﺮﻓﺎﻌﻤﻟا ﻦﻤﺣﺮﻟا ﺪﺒﻋ ﻦﺑ ةﺮﻗ
. [
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
Any matter
of importance which is not begun with Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) remains defective
[Abu Dawud].
There is another Hadith to the effect that every important work which is not started with the
invocation "
'' is devoid of Allah's Grace. Sheikh Al-Albani's opinion about these two Ahadith is that their
text is confused and its authority is weak. He has, however, regarded it as acceptable "
'' (
Ahadith narrated by
a student of a Companion deleting the Companion's name
). (
For details please see Irwa-ul-Ghalil, vol. I, 1,2
). In any
case, it is desirable to begin every good work with the Glorious Name of Allah and His Praise.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳر ﱠنأ ، ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﱠيﺮﻌﺷﻷا ﻰﺳﻮُﻣ ﻲﺑأ ﻦَﻋو
ُﺪَﻟو َتﺎﻣ اذإ
ِﻪِﺘَﻜِﺋﻼﻤﻟ ﻰﻟﺎﻌﺗ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﺎﻗ ِﺪْﺒﻌﻟا
نﻮُﻟﻮﻘﻴﻓ ؟ يِﺪْﺒﻋ َﺪَﻟو ْﻢُﺘْﻀﺒَﻗ
ُلﻮﻘﻴَﻓ ، ْﻢﻌَﻧ
نﻮﻟﻮﻘﻴﻓ ؟ ِﻩِداَﺆُﻓ َةﺮﻤَﺛ ﻢُﺘﻀﺒﻗ
ُلﻮﻘﻴﻓ ،
نﻮﻟﻮﻘﻴﻓ ؟ يﺪْﺒَﻋ لﺎﻗ اَذﺎَﻤَﻓ
ﻰﻟﺎﻌَﺗ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﻘﻴَﻓ ، ﻊَﺟْﺮَﺘْﺳاو َكﺪِﻤﺣ
ِﺔﱠﻨﺠﻟا ﻲﻓ ًﺎﺘْﻴﺑ يِﺪْﺒَﻌِﻟ اﻮُﻨْﺑا
ِﺪْﻤﺤﻟا َﺖْﻴَﺑ ُﻩﻮﱡﻤَﺳو ،
َلﺎﻗو يﺬﻣﺮﺘﻟا ُﻩاور
ٌﻦﺴﺣ ٌﺚﻳﺪﺣ
Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
When a slave's child dies, Allah the Most High asks His angels, `Have you taken out the life of the child of My
slave?" They reply in the affirmative. He then asks, `Have you taken the fruit of his heart?' They reply in the
affirmative. Thereupon he asks, `What has My slave said?' They say: `He has praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa
inna ilaihi raji`un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall be returned). Allah says: `Build a house for My slave in