Rabbana Wa Lakal Hamd Meaning, in Arabic & When to say

Rabbana Wa Lakal Hamd is an Arabic phrase that is considered a Dua that Muslims recite when in an upright position after the Imam says: ‘Sami Allahu liman hamidah and it is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).


The following video we have made will help you learn the proper pronunciation of the phrase word by word:

Rabbana Wa Lakal Hamd in Arabic

The full phrase consists of 3 words which are written in Arabic with the Diacritical as:

 رَبَّنَا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ

and Without the Diacritical:

ربنا ولك الحمد

And can be broken down as the following Table

Rabbana رَبَّنَا Our Lord
Wa Lakوَلَكَand to You be
al-Hamd الْحَمْدُthe praise

Rabbana Wa Lakal Hamd Meaning

The General meaning of the phrase is  “Our Lord, and to You be the praise

Rabbana wa lakal or hamd Rabbana lakal hamd Variation

All of them are correct and reported from authentic Hadith. There are more than three versions of this Dua and the prophet SAW used to recite them all at different times. The variations are:

  • رَبَّنَا لَكَ الْحَمْدُ
  • Transliteration: Rabbana lakal hamd
  • Meaning: Our Lord, all the praises are for You.
  • اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ
  • Transliteration: Allahumma Rabbana wa lakal hamd
  • Meaning: O Allah, our Lord, and all the praises are for You.
  • اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا لَكَ الْحَمْدُ
  • Transliteration: Allahumma Rabbana lakal hamd
  • Meaning: O Allah, our Lord, all the praises are for You.
  • رَبَّنَا وَلَكَ الحَمْـدُ حَمْـداً كَثـيراً طَيِّـباً مُـبارَكاً فيه
  • Transliteration: Rabbanā wa lakal-ḥamd, ḥamdan kathīran ṭayyiban mubārakan fīh.
  • Meaning: Our Lord, praise is Yours, abundant, good, and blessed praise.

Longest version of Rabbana Lakal Hamd

Rabbana Lakal Hamd long version

in Arabic

رَبَّنَا لَكَ الْحَمْدُ مِلْءَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَمِلْءَ الأَرْضِ وَمِلْءَ مَا شِئْتَ مِنْ شَىْءٍ بَعْدُ أَهْلَ الثَّنَاءِ وَالْمَجْدِ خَيْرُ مَا قَالَ الْعَبْدُ وَكُلُّنَا لَكَ عَبْدٌ لاَ مَانِعَ لِمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَلاَ يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَدُّ


Rabbana wa lakal-hamd, mil’as-samawati wa mil’al-ardi wa mil’ama shi’ta min shai’in ba’d. Athlath-thana’i wal-majdi khairu ma qalal-‘abdu wa kulluna laka ‘abdun la mani’a lima a’taita wa la yanfa’u dhal-jaddi minkal-jadd


Our Lord, to You be the Praise, filling the heavens, filling the Earth, and filling whatever else You will, Lord of Glory and Majesty, the truest thing a slave had said, and we are all slaves to You. None can withhold what You grant, nor can the possession of an owner benefit him before You. [Sunan an-Nasa’i 1068]

When to say it

The one following the Imam in the prayer should be said while coming up from bowing (Ruku) to an upright position after the Imam says: ‘Sami Allahu liman hamidah, then you should say ‘Rabbana Wa Lakal‘ before going into Sujud position.

Phrase Source

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “When the Imam says: ‘Sami Allahu liman hamidah (Allah hears the one who praises Him),’ then say: ‘Rabbana wa lakal-hamd,‘ ‘Whoever says that and it coincides with the angels saying it, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 1063

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