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Sunnah 135: SubhanAllah, wal-hamdulilah, wa la ilaha ila Allah wa Allahu akbar

October 23, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “I love repeating subhanAllah, walhamdulilah, wa la ilaha ila Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glorified is God, all praise is due to Allah, there is no god but Allah, God is the greatest)” [Muslim, Tirmidhi]

Allah has told us in the Qur’an “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” [Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:21] Let us follow in his footsteps, and remember Allah as he used to.


When we say “Subhaan Allah” we are disassociating Allah from any imperfection or impurity or from anything derogatory.


Al-Hamd is both praising and thanking Allah, and Hamd is based on both love (mahabbah) and honor (ta’dheem).  This phrase is so great that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Alhamdulillah fills the scales.” (Muslim) We have to say alhamdulillah for all the blessings we have, knowing that the fact that we are saying alhamdulillah is also a blessing – because there are many others who ignore the gifts of Allah (swt). [see more here]


La ilaha ila Allah is stating that there is nothing worthy of worship, nothing greater in your heart than Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) told u sthat it renews our faith.


Finally, Allahu akbar means that Allah is bigger and greater and more important than whatever you are thinking of in terms of dunya (worldy) matters. [Read more here]


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