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Why praise God?

One of the important teachings of Islam is that on receiving anything, we should be grateful to God in acknowledgment of His bounty and utter these words: ‘All praise and thankfulness is due to God, the Lord of the worlds.’ Praise of God, in its true spirit, is the essence of the Quran. After having accepted Islam, a believer’s innermost feelings find expression in these words of praise.

Man’s existence is a blessing of God. Man’s extremely complex and balanced body is a blessing of God. The entire world created so favourably for man is a blessing of God.

When this reality dawns on man and he realise God’s immeasurable blessings upon him, his soul is filled with a feeling of gratefulness to God. His heart and mind are overawed by His greatness. At that moment words of acknowledgment of God—‘Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds’ spontaneously comes to his lips.

When man discovers God with all His attributes, his soul lies prostrate before Him.


God the Almighty is too great for man to give Him anything. The only thing man can offer in His presence is acknowledgment. The moment of man’s greatest worship of God is when his soul is pervaded by God’s glory and greatness; when he recognises God’s divinity as compared to man’s servitude; when, in full awareness of his own helplessness, he comes to acknowledge God’s bounties in the true sense of the word.

When man discovers God with all His attributes, his soul lies prostrate before Him. His whole being turns towards God. The feelings inspired in him by God’s bounties surge within him like the waves of the ocean. When all these feelings find verbal form, they are called praise and gratefulness to God.

God is the greatest being of the universe. Yet, in a universe visible to all, God’s supreme glory remains invisible. Realisation of God is to discover this hidden greatness. This realisation finds expression in words such as ‘Praise be to God—Lord of the worlds.’

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