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Rabi-Ul Awwal/Rabi-Ul Akhir 1423 H
June 2002
Volume 15-06 No:186

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Why does Allah require us to praise Him? What benefit does He get?

Why does Allah require us to praise Him?
What benefit does He get?

It is we human beings who require Allah and we praise Him for our own benefit.


1. AllahuAkbar doesn’t make Allah Great

Allah does not require our praises for His benefit. When we say AllahuAkbar, Allah is the Greatest, He does not become greater. He is already the Greatest irrespective of whether we say Allahu Akbar a million times or don’t say it at all. It will make no difference in his greatness. He will yet remain the Greatest.

2. We Praise Allah for our benefit

Allah says in the Quran in chapter 35 verse 15 (35:15) O ye men! It is Ye that have need Of Allah: but Allah is The One Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise. Allah is free of all wants. He does not require us to praise Him. It is we human beings who require Allah and we praise Him for our own benefit.

3. We praise Allah to convince ourselves He is worthy to be followed

We normally follow the advice of a person who is great, famous and important. A person who is intelligent and wise. We will not follow the advice of a stranger who is unknown or a person who is not intelligent nor wise. That is the reason we praise Allah that He is the Greatest, The Most Wise, The All Knowing etc, to first convince ourselves that He is worthy to be followed then we ask Him to guide us and help us.

4.In Surah Fatiha first we praise then seek help

That is the reason in Surah Fatiha the opening Chapter of the Holy Quran, which is always recited in every rakaat of the Salaah, in the first 4 or 5 verses we initially praise Him. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,

Praise be to Allah The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds: Most Gracious, Most Merciful;

Master of the Day of Judgement.

Thee do we worship, And Thine aid we seek. Then later we ask Him for help for our own benefit.

Show us the straight way, The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, Those whose (portion) Is not wrath, and who go not astray.

Thus we first praise Allah in Surah Fatiha and agree that He is Most Gracious, Most Merciful, The Cherisher, The Sustainer, The Master etc, and then we ask Him for guidance and help.

5. Prefer treatment and advice from the best doctor

If you are sick and have a heart problem and the best available heart specialist gives you advice naturally you will follow his advice but if a stranger who has no knowledge of medicine or a quack gives you advice you will not follow it.

6.If the entire ocean were ink it would yet be insufficient to write the praises of Allah

Thus we praise Allah for our own benefit but however much we praise Him it is insufficient because Allah says in the Glorious Quran in Surah Kahf chapter 18 verse 109 (18:109)

Say: “If the ocean were Ink (wherewith to write out) The words of my Lord.

Sooner would the ocean be Exhausted than would the words Of my Lord, even if we Added another ocean Like it, for its aid.”

7. If the tree is a pen and the ocean ink, it would yet be insufficient to write the praises of Allah (31:27)
A similar message is repeated in Surah Luqman chapter 31 verse 27 (31:27)

And if all the trees
On earth were pens
And the Ocean (were ink),
With seven Oceans behind it
To add to its (supply),
Yet would not the words
Of Allah be exhausted
(In the writing): for Allah
Is Exalted in power,
Full of Wisdom.


8.We praise Allah to follow His commandments

Thus Allah does not require us to praise Him for His benefit but He requires us to praise Him for our benefit in order that we agree He is supreme and Ultimate and follow His advice and commandments so that we stay on the siratal mustaqeem.

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