Alhamdulilah: a word of gratitude

Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Allah. We use this word so often and even more often without really thinking about it. It slips out of our mouths like an automatism. At first sight, it may seem like we forgot the value of the word, but I suspect that it’s the other way around. Most of us haven’t yet discovered the power and depth that the word carries. We don’t really dwell on it in our everyday life, while there’s so much beauty in it.

Alhamdulillah is stopping the time to contemplate on the obvious. Taking time to realise that everything you have, isn’t given to everyone. Realizing that life can be so much worse and often it is worse for others. Alhamdulillah is giving a sign that you recognize your blessings and that you are truly grateful for them. It’s a dua, a supplication, that you can’t use often enough. Just for this reason, I would take the time to say Alhamdulillah.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah for everything. Alhamdulillah because every night, I have a bed to sleep in and because every morning I’m blessed to live another day. Alhamdulillah because every day, I have the possibility to eat as much as I need to. Alhamdulillah because I was born without serious complications. Alhamdulillah because my biggest worries in life are luxury problems for a big part of the world population. Alhamdulillah because I have my family around me. Alhamdulillah because I get the chance to go to school. Alhamdulillah because I can pray without any discomfort. Alhamdulillah because I just have to turn on the tap to have fresh water. Alhamdulillah because I can live without the fear of being bombarded, attacked or killed. Alhamdulillah because I live in a country, where so many people can only dream of. Alhamdulillah for all the eases I got in my life.

Alhamdulillah in spite of me complaining a lot about banalities. Alhamdulillah in spite of the fact that I threw away more food than the amount that some people will ever eat. Alhamdulillah in spite of leaving the tap of water open while some people have to walk miles just to get some water. Alhamdulillah despite me just having to set my alarm and performing wudhu by a simple turn on the tap to pray fajr in the morning and still prefer to continue to sleep. Alhamdulillah in spite of me forgetting many times how blessed my life is. Alhamdulillah for every experience, every memory, every moment in life for which I never showed my gratitude, because even though sometimes it’s hard to notice; I’m grateful for everything. Alhamdulillah.

Written by Hayat El Khattabi

Hayat Jamal is a 22-year-old History student. She likes to read, write and practice sports.