Question and Answer:
Q. When should one say “Alhamdullillah”?
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A. Alhamdulillah literally means “All praise is due to Allah”. It is a form of expressing gratitude. Whenever a person is blessed with a favour or he finds himself in good health or in a good condition or something brings him happiness, he should express his gratitude to Allah by saying Alhamdulillah. In fact, a Muslim should be praising Allah in all conditions, for every condition is good for a Muslim, be it in comfort or hardship.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said:
أول من يدعى إلى الجنة الذين يحمدون الله في السراء والضراء
Amongst the first people who will be called to enter Jannah will be those who praised Allah in conditions of comfort and hardship. (al-Mustadrak by Hakim with the confirmation of authenticity by Imam Dhahabi, Hadith #: 1851, Narrated by Ibn Abbaas)
One should also praise Allah when commencing and ending his/her Dua to Allah.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians