Is the statement ‘Praise be to Allah in all circumstances’ a hadith?

The Details of the Question

- Is the statement ‘’Alhamdu lillahi ala kulli hal wa a’udhu billahi min hali ahlin-nar’ mentioned in hadiths?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Yes, that supplication exits in a hadith as follows:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ وَأَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ حَالِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ

A hadith narration in which that supplication is included is as follows:

According to a narration from Abu Hurayra, the Prophet (pbuh) said,  

 اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْتَنِي وَعَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي وَزِدْنِي عِلْمًا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ وَأَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ حَالِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ

"Allahumma infa’ni bima allamtani wa allimni ma yanfa’uni wa zidni ilman walhamdu lillahi ala kulli halin wa a’udhu billahi min adhabin-nar."

"O Allah benefit me with that which You have taught me and teach me that which will benefit me and increase me in knowledge. Praise be to Allah in all circumstances and I seek refuge with Allah from the torment of Fire." (Tirmidhi, Daawat, 130; Ibn Majah, Dua, 2)

Benefitting from knowledge occurs by acting in compliance with knowledge and doing what is necessary.  

Beneficial knowledge is the knowledge that is useful in terms of life in the world and life in the hereafter.

“Praise be to Allah in all circumstances.” That is, a believer must always praise Allah whether he is in a state of sorrow and hardship or in a state of joy and abundance.  

In that case, sin, unbelief and the things that lead to them are not praised; anything other than them is a blessing for us and it is necessary to praise and thank Allah for them.

For, the misfortunes that hit a Muslim either cover his sins or prevent worse misfortunes, or they will increase his level in the eye of Allah. They may lead to many other blessings. Therefore, a conscious Muslim knows that each of the states he is in is a blessing for him and thanks Allah in all circumstances.

Thus, a believer must always thank and praise Allah, which is called absolute thanking. If a person stops thanking Allah when a blessing ceases, it is called conditional thanking, which does not fit a Muslim. Therefore, we must praise Allah in all circumstances.  

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