The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) was always eager to praise Allah. Despite his own great capacity and ideal manner, if he heard anyone praising Allah, he would envy that person.
When he heard a verse composed by polytheist poet Umayyah bin Al-Saltin praise of Allah, his heart throbbed with emotions and he said, ‘The verse by Umayyah is full of faith but he himself was not fortunate enough to become a believer’; the verse is:
لَكَ الْحَمْدُ وَالنَّعْمَاءُ وَالفَضْلُ رَبَّنَا
فَلَا شَيْءَ أَعْلَى مِنْكَ مَجْدًا وَأَمْجَدُ
‘O our Lord! All praise belongs to You. All the bounties and favours are from You alone. There is nothing greater than You in praise or honour.’
Labid was a famous Arabian poet. His excellent verses decorated the Ka‘bah. The verse which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) liked most was the one about the greatness of God. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) said that the most truthful thing Labid said was this verse:
أَلَا كُلُّ شَيْءٍ مَا خَلَا اللَّهَ بَاطِلُ
‘Take heed, everything is mortal except Allah.’
The truth is that no one has excelled the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) in praising Allah. This is the reason that in the holy scriptures his name is Ahmad, meaning the best among those who praise Allah. As a reward for this praise he was called Muhammad and the whole world praises him.
Muhammad (sa) – The Perfect Man (Qadian, India: Nazarat Isha’at, 2015), 116-117.