In this article we will look at Sami Allahu liman hamidah meaning, which is often recited when rising from the Ruku in prayer.
Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah In Arabic
سَمِعَ اللَّهُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَهُ
Sami’allaahu liman hamidah.
Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah Meaning
The meaning of Sami Allahu liman hamidah is Allah hears whoever praises Him.
As we are standing up from Ruku, we say:
Sami Allahu liman hamidah
Sami’a means to hear and Assami’a has different meanings. One of the meanings is to hear and it also refers to understanding.
And the third meaning which we have here is to answer. Allah hears everything. But why do we say Allah hears the one who praises Him?
Allah hears the one who praises Him and even the one who does not praise Him.
But this kind of hearing means in Arabic to answer those who praise Him.
And there is the hearing of the Hypocrites, who hear, but they do not implement. And this would be affecting them on the Day of Judgment when they’re thrown in hellfire for hearing and not obeying.
So as you rise up, you say Sami Allahu liman hamida, not as many imams who don’t know the sunnah. They rise up completely and while standing up erect they say Sami Allahu liman hamida so that their voice would go into the microphone, this is wrong. The sunnah is to say it as you’re rising up.
According to some scholars, only the Imam and the person praying alone is recommended to say this phrase.
According to them, the ma’moon, the follower who is praying with the imam does not say Sami Allahu liman hamida.
Then what does the ma’moon says once he rises up? He says Rabbana wa lakaal hamd. This is also said by the Imam and the person praying alone.
Hadith On Sami Allahu Liman Hamida
It was narrated that Rifa’ah bin Rafi said:
“We were praying behind the Messenger of Allah (SAW) one day and when he raised his head from bowing he said: ‘Sami Allahu liman hamidah (Allah hears the one who praises Him).’
A man behind him said: ‘Rabbana wa lakal-hamd, hamdan kathiran tayyiban mubarakan fih. (O our Lord, and to You be praise, much blessed and pure praise.)’ When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) had finished, he said:
“Who is the one who spoke just now?” The man said: ‘I did, O Messenger of Allah.’ The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘I saw thirty-some angels rushing to see which of them would write it down first.’”
Sunan an-Nasa’i 1062
Here’s a short video to help with pronunciation. Sometimes it just helps to audibly hear in Arabic how to properly pronounce and to recite after.
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