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Explanation of Al-Hameed + How to Apply it to Our Lives from Understand Quran Academy:


Allah calls Himself Al-Hameed— the Most Praiseworthy , the Praised One — on ten occasions in the Quran. He is the One who deserves all praise and honour. Al-Hameed is the only One who is truly worthy of all praise and thanks!

The Praiseworthy, the object of praise:

Hameed comes from the root haa-meem-daal, which points to three main meanings. The first main meaning is to praise with a sense of deep adoration and submission. The second main meaning is to honor or speak well of and the third is to praise one for what is done by that one’s own will.

This root appears 63 times in the Quran in five derived forms. Examples of these forms are al hamdu (all praise be to), al-haamidoona  (those who praise), and mahmoodan  (praiseworthy).

Linguistically, hamd is based on mahabbah (love) and ta’dheem (honour) and it implies admiration and gratitude towards the one who is praised (mahmood). Allah is Al-Hameed, He is the One who is always deserving of praise, regardless if He is being praised or not.

Al-Hameed Himself says: And they had been guided [in worldly life] to good speech, and they were guided to the path of the Praiseworthy [Quran, 22:24] .. and it guides to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy. [Quran, 34:6] . . . O mankind, you are those in need of Allah , while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy. [Quran, 35:15]


Explanation of the Name, Al-Hameed, from Ahadun Ahad:


The One Who is worthy of All Praise. The Praiseworthy in all respects. Ibn Katheer writes that this Name indicates that Allah is the One who deserves praise in “all His deeds, sayings, laws, commands, and prohibitions.” He is the One who is Praised in His Self, Names, Attributes and Actions, He possesses the best of names, the most perfect of attributes and the best and most complete actions, for indeed the Actions of Allah are based upon Grace and Justice.

He Who has created, provided, and bestowed His favors upon His creation; He deserves to be praised at all times. He is to be praised for the perfect, most beautiful, high and majestic Names and Attributes He has. He deserves to be praised for Himself! He is worthy of praise for His creating, for His universal and judicial laws, and for His just reward and punishment.


Explanation of the Name, Al-Hameed, from Sheikh as-Sa’di:


In His Person, Names, Attributes and Actions, He possesses the best of Names and the most perfect of attributes coupled with the best and most complete actions, for indeed the actions of Allah are based upon grace and justice.


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Explanation of Al-Hameed from the book, “Who is Allah?“:



According to Ibn Katheer’s tafseer, “The Praised Who is glorified and praised in all His actions, statements, legislation, commandments and prohibitions and Who only says the truth in the information He conveys.” Every form of praise belongs to Allah (the Exalted). It is impossible for us to praise Allah (the Exalted) perfectly. The angels said, “We have not worshipped You as You deserved,” and the Prophet (bpuh) used to say while prostrating during the prayer: «O Allah, it is impossible for us to praise You as You deserved. You are as You have praised Yourself.» (Muslim)



Knowing that Allah (the Exalted) is the Praiseworthy fills the hearts of Muslims with wonder and admiration for Allah. His praiseworthiness is so great that the heart trembles at His awesomeness. This knowledge inspires the Muslims to submit and devote themselves to Allah, the Praiseworthy One.


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Now with this concrete definition in mind, what exactly does ‘Alhamdulillah’ mean? It means:The perfect, most Beautiful praise is only for Allah.

Alhamdulillah appears 38 times in the Qur’an, five of them at the beginning of surahs. (Look up which surahs start with hamd if you are not aware of them)

When a surah begins with hamd, it implies three interpretations:

  • Firstly, to tell and to make it known that: alhamdulillah, all praise and thanks is for Allah. As if to announce it.
  • Secondly, when we open something we begin with hamd. (like a khutbah)
  • Thirdly, it teaches us how we should praise Allah, by saying: alhamdulillah and we also learn that we must praise Him.

A Name of Allah that coincides with Hamd is, Al-Hameed, Allah ta’ala is Al-Hameed, The Praiseworthy. How is this different from mahmood (one who is praised)? Mahmood is one who is praised only when they are praised by someone. Hameed is One who is ALWAYS deserving of praise, NO MATTER if He is praised or not. So Allah ta’ala is The Most Praiseworthy, if we do hamd of Him or not.

Alhamdulillah. Such a short phrase with a heavy meaning. Let us remember this meaning the next time we say Alhamdulillah.


Correct pronunciation of the Name, Al-Hameed:




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Explanation of the Name, Al-Hameed, by Dr. Suhaib Hassan:

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