Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah Meaning, in Arabic & When to say

Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah is an Arabic phrase that is recited during the prayer after ruku in an upright position and before saying Rabbana Lakal Hamd 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:

Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah in Arabic

The full phrase consists of 4 words which are written in Arabic with the Diacritical as:

سَمِعَ اللَّهُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَهُ

and Without the Diacritical:

 سمع الله لمن حمده

And can be broken down as the following Table:

Limanلِمَنْto whoever
Hamidahحَمِدَهُpraises Him

Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah Meaning

The General meaning of the phrase is  “Allah hears whoever praises Him.”

When to Say it

The Phrase is recited in Salah While rising up from the Ruku (bowing) position and before saying Rabbana Lakal Hamd.

According to scholars, if the Salah is done with a group of people (Gamaa’a) only the Leader of the prayer (Imam) should recite it and if the person praying alone then he is recommended to say this phrase.

If you forgot to recite there’s no sin committed, however, you have missed an opportunity for an eternal reward that would carry over to the afterlife. 

Phrase Source

Malik b. al-Huwairith said that when God’s Messenger said the takbir he raised his hands and placed them opposite his ears, and when he raised his head after bowing and said, Sami Allahu Liman Hamidah,” he did the same. A version has, “and placed them opposite the tops of his ears.”

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