On the excellence of praise and thankfulness

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

242. Chapter: On the excellence of praise and thankfulness

Allah Almighty says, "Remember Me – I will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful," (W2:151; H2:152)

and the Almighty says, "If you are grateful, I will certainty give you increase." (W14:9; H14:7)

The Almighty says, "Say: 'Praise be to Allah,'" (W17:110; H17:111)

and the Almighty says, "The end of their call is: 'Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.'" (10:10)

1393. Abu Hurayra reported that on the Night Journey, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was brought two glasses, one of wine and one of milk. He looked at them and took the milk. Jibril said, 'Praise be to Allah, the One who has guided you to the natural way. If you had taken the wine, your community would have erred.'" [Muslim]

1394. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Every matter of importance which is not begun with, 'Praise be to Allah' is defective." [Abu Dawud and others]

1395. Abu Musa al-Ash'ari reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When the son of a slave of Allah dies, Allah Almighty says to His angels, 'Have you taken My slave's son?' They say, 'Yes.' He says, 'Did you take the darling of his heart?' They say, 'Yes.' He says, 'What did My slave say?' They will say, 'He praised You and said "To Allah we return."' Allah Almighty says, 'Build a house for My slave in the Garden and call it the House of Praise.'" [at-Tirmidhi]

1396. Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah is pleased with a slave of His who eats something and praises Him for it and drinks something and praises Him for it." [Muslim]