Sister Amina, good topic. I originally read your thread right after you posted it and was immediately reminded of a similar situation with my own daughter. However, MASHALLAH, I was held back from responding to your post at that time. I woke up unusually early this morning (hours before dawn) and, MASHALLAH, I was called to open my Qur’an and, MASHALLAH, to Sura 35, Fatir (The Originator of Creation). I was originally going to post a couple of ayats regarding the Praiseworthy status of Allah, however, MASHALLAH; the entire sura is such a beautiful message of His Praiseworthiness. So, MASHALLAH, simple quoting one or two ayats will truly not serve the purpose along those lines. However, MASHALLAH, after reading Sura Fatir, I was guided to see, MASHALLAH, something to share. That is, the true nature of praising Allah is for no other reason than this:
Ya-'ayyuhanasu 'antumul-fuqara-'u 'ila-LLah; wa-Llahu Huwal-Ganiyyul-Hameed (trasnliteration of Sura 35, Fatir, Ayat 15)
O ye men! It is ye that have need of Allah; but Allah is the One Free of All wants, Worthy of all praise. (English translation of Sura 35, Fatir, Ayat 15)
Allah laa illaha illah hoaa al haie el qai-oom la – taakhozohu senatun wala nawm. (Allah! None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer and Protector of all that exists.) Allah is the Worthy One. If we by chance benefit from His Worthiness, MASHALLAH; however, even if we see or perceive something as less than beneficiary to us (maybe we aren’t so cute) we still should say MASHALLAH because Allah knows what we do not. If we benefit from saying it (such as not getting sick when people praise us instead of Allah), it’s kind of like icing on a cake; however, in this situation, Allah is the cake and all of the icing (both what we perceive to be good and not so good, are from Him and Him alone). ALLAHU AKBAR!
So, keep saying
INSHALLAH…MASHALLAH…ALHAMDULILLAH…ALLAHU AKBAR…SUBHAN ALLAH…LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH...LA-HAWLA WALA QUWATA WALA ILLA BELLA
Praising Allah definitely is good for our soul but only because it is His Right to receive it from us.
Say: 'My prayer and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds. (Qur'an, 6:162)