The idea behind saying “subhaan Allah" is to declare the perfection of Allah and not allow any flaw to be attributed to Him. Human beings cannot declare that perfection without appreciation and gratitude. This is a powerful concept because in Islam, Allah’s perfection is not an abstract philosophical idea, it is directly tied to human emotions. Tasbeeh is a question of the heart and an assertion that perfection only belongs to Allah.
Man’s visceral desire for recognition for its own sake is a quality inherited from shaytan, who was too proud to kneel before Adam when Allah commanded him. When such pride leads to conceit it begins to affect ever aspect of your life. Shaytan instilled this pride inside humanity because it is what destroyed him so he wants to make sure we too are inflicted with it.
Allah describes the Quran with the parables of water and light, both elements that calm the sad heart and purify the angry mind. It refurbishes life and removes rage and hopelessness. This is the role of the word of Allah that we must restore.
The story of a family which lost everything in a natural disaster shows that the guidance of Allah, through the Quran, has the power to heal what lies within the chest of true believers in situations that would destroy those who have no iman.
Before becoming a Muslim, mathematician and author of Islamic books Prof. Jeffrey Lang was mesmerized by the Quranic version of the story of Adam and how fundamentally different it was from the Biblical version he grew up with. In the first account of Adam's creation, Allah reveals the secret behind why He chose man to be his emissary on earth.