By: Deni Rahman
There are four kinds of praise in the Qur’an and Sunnah. First, praise Allah SWT to Himself. He has the right to praise Himself for all His authority. “Truly I am Allah, there is no god but Me. So worship Me and establish prayer to remember Me. ” (QS Thaha (21): 14).
Second, the praise of Allah SWT to His creatures. Allah SWT praised the glory of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. ”And indeed you (Muhammad) are truly above the great character. ” (QS Al-Qolam (68): 4). Third, the creature’s praise to Allah SWT. In Surah Al-Fatihah verse 2 it says, “All praise is to Allah, the Rabb of nature’s keeper.”
Al-Maraghi in his interpretation said when humans say alhamdulillah, it means he praises Allah. Lafadz hamdu is a compliment made for good deeds that come out of the culprit without coercion. Alhamdu is the essence of expressing gratitude.
A servant who has never been grateful to Allah SWT means he never praised Him. Humans should not feel worthy of praise. In fact, all beings should praise Allah SWT because He alone deserves praise.
Fourth, praise the creature to the creature. Rasulullah SAW teaches praise to humans when given goodness by saying jazakallah khair (may Allah reward you with kindness). Praise is solely meant to pray.
Expecting praise is part of being human. However, Allah SWT strongly condemns those who like to be praised. ”Do not ever think that people who really like what they have done and like to be praised for something they did not do – do not ever think yourself – they will be saved from torture. For them is a painful punishment.” (QS Ali-Imran (3): 188).
How many words of praise we say to others. Meanwhile, not a few compliments are directed at us. However, praising and flattering Allah SWT is often put as number two. In fact, noble people are those who always praise Allah SWT and who receive praise from Allah SWT.
Praises are delivered because of good deeds or strengths that are one owned. Therefore, our goodness or strengths in the form of knowledge, wealth, rank, and so on should not make us complacent with praise, moreover, deliberately luring others to praise us.
In fact, Ali bin Abi Talib’s best friend always prayed when praise was directed to him. ” O Allah, forgive me for what they do not know (about me). And do not torment me because of their words. And make me better than what they thought. ”