Reflection No. 83 on Q 17:44 – Glorification of Allah
وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَٰكِنْ لَا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ
And there is not a single thing but glorifies Him with His praise, but you do not understand their glorification.
Sura al-Israa, verse 44
Tasbeeh is a glorification of Allah. It proclaims that He is free of all faults, completely perfect. Believers recite Tasbeeh as part of their worship of Allah, to glorify Him with their hearts and tongues as He deserves. Tasbeeh is an innate admission of submission and insignificance, of accepting the Lordship and Magnificence of the creator, and acknowledging that He is far above anything the human being can comprehend.
The amazing truth that this verse alludes to is that every single thing in this universe glorifies God. The earth and the heavens, the stars, the moon, the plants, the animals . . . all sing the glorification of the Creator. Every atom, every vibration, every cell, speaks of the glory of God. It is as though the world is abuzz with all forms of Tasbeeh but we cannot perceive it.
This Tasbeeh of all things has been described as the Tasbeeh of existence, where the very existence and state of a creation, the path it traverses in the world, is a proof of the glory of God. There is also the verbal Tasbeeh, where each sound that is created, audible to the human being or inaudible, is a hymn of glorification.
This verse reminds you to open up your heart to the world around you. Recite it when you see the trees and flowers, when you hear birds chirping, when you hear the sounds of thunder. According to the Quran, thunder glorifies God with praise. See this, and listen to it, with your heart. Every atom in this world calls out towards glorification. Join them, it lifts up the heart and spirit when you glorify in unison with the world around you.