Assalamu Alaikum,

As my internet connection got expired, I couldn’t post anything for two days..(All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. – Edward Gibbon. But I don’t want my blog to be human. I want it to be divine. May Allah take it forward and make it something through which He spreads His Deen)

Seeing “al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal“often in saturday edition of Abdur Rahman bhai’s corner, some thoughts came to mind. The complete hadith is “al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hali ala kulli hal illa haal haal-u-nnar“(Praise to Allah in all states, except in the state of Hell).Why hell excluded? Is it because hell is void of Allah’s power? Nay. It’s because hell is full of misery and suffering. How will a heart be able to say ‘Al-hamdu’ when it has lost all hopes and fallen into infinite despair? Some traits of the people in hell are:

  • Desperate
  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Complaining (thankless)

How can a suffering heart can be thankful? You are so suffering that you just wont be able to see and feel any ‘hamd’. We need not wait to reach the next world to get its taste. Here in this world we see peole in despair. They complain, curse their fate and live a life of complete distress. In that state, will they be able to say “al hamdu lillahi”?

Only a heart that is clean and quite will be able to praise Allah. Qur’an tells us “The peace of mind comes only from Remembrance(Dhikr) of Allah”. Really? Don’t others feel happy? A hunch back may not feel much trouble with it. But somehow once you remove his problems and make him straight, you can hear him saying “Oh! What a burden I’ve been suffering!! It’s only now I’m understanding what true comfort is”. Now that he knows the normal state he can realise the burden he was subjected to. Just like that, if Allah put us in true Dhikr for once, then we will realise what ‘peace of mind’ really means! Untill then, we may think we have it. Untill then the real significance of the verse may not occur to our mind.

So the hadith teaches us why we are not able say “al hamdu lillah”. Had it not been “hal-u-nnar” in our heart, we would have been praising Allah all along!! Be saved from that state of mind which doesn’t make you praise Allah..

Ya Allah, You save us all. You please show up to me. Give me Your Rasool to me..


Wisdom tooth comes with its pains. Isn’t? I now realize..




6 Responses

  1. A beautiful and true post πŸ™‚ May remembrance of Allah be in all we, all we say, all we think.

    Ya Haqq!

  2. Salaams Abdul Muneer bhai,

    Subhan Allah, I didn’t know I had a saturday edition. I feel suddenly like a newspaper!! πŸ™‚

    May Allah reward you for the hadith. For me, this idea (that God should be praised in whatever circumstance) is one of the most powerful around. When you think about it, it’s truly profound.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

    (My Urdu is very weak is ‘your friend’ tere dost?)

  3. Agar Us ko nahi detha Moula Mujhe
    Jo thadaptha hein mere haalu-naar mein,

    Dooba hotha mein haalu-naar mein aisa
    Ki jaantha nahi kabhi Jannath ke haal ko.

  4. Salaams Abdul Muneer bhai,

    Just wanted to invite you to register on Yursil’s excellent new sufi web community: http://www.themureeds.com

    Abdur Rahman

  5. Salaams to Irving bhai, Abdur Rahman bhai with poor urdu and to dear Rooky with pure urdu. πŸ™‚
    Thank you everyone for your kind words.
    Abdur: You say,”…When you think about it, it’s truly profound.”- there’s nothing like ‘I thinking’. It was an instance of Allah giving hidayath.(Alhamdulillah).

    Urdu lesson πŸ™‚ : tere dost=your friend (in casual context)
    tu (thu)=you (singular. addressed to younger ones. sometimes to people of same age in a casual tone);tera=yours.
    Aap=you (plural,or to seniors, or with respect). aapka=yours

    Ma’as salama,
    Aapka Dost
    Abdul Muneer

  6. Assalamu Alaikum Rooky,
    Aapke visit se ye blog mubarak ho gaya he..
    Aap log hi isko aage chalaana he. Do you remember, it was you who told me this hadith. I remember it.. We were in BSNL. And since then whenever I think of this hadith you come to my mind.
    Khuda Hafiz

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