Praise Is For God, Only

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The worship of the phenomenal owes its origin to this defect in vision. The expression, “Praise is for God, only,” is a definite affirmation of the fact that the beauty and benevolence which subsist in a variety of forms in every field of existence are but manifestations of the attributes of God. Whatever the esteem in which we may hold beauty, perfection or goodness, the credit should go not to the phenomenal object which displays these qualities, but to the artist who fashioned it into a thing of beauty.