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A hamd and tasbih which yields great rewards

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

If any one perseveres in worship for the whole day, he will not receive the reward as much as if he were to recite the following tasbih:

Alhamdulillahi ‘adada ma ahsa kitabuh, walhamdu lillahi ‘adada ma fi kitabihi, wal hamdu lillahi ‘adada ma ahsa khalquh, walhamdu lillahi ‘ala ma fi khalqih, walhamdu lillahi mil-a samawatihi wa ardih, walhamu lillah ‘adada kulli shay-in wal hamdu lillahi mil-a kulli shay-in

Subhanallahi ‘adada ma ahsa kitabuh, subhanallahi ‘adada ma fi kitabihi, subhanallahi ‘adada ma ahsa khalquh, subhanallahi ‘ala ma fi khalqih, subhanallahi mil-a samawatihi wa ardih, subhanallahi ‘adada kulli shay-in, subhanallahi mil-a kulli shay-in

Allahu Akbaru ‘adada ma ahsa kitabuh, Allahu Akbaru ‘adada ma fi kitabihi, Allahu Akbaru ‘adada ma ahsa khalquh, Allahu Akbaru ‘ala ma fi khalqih, Allahu Akbaru mil-a samawatihi wa ardih, Allahu Akbaru ‘adada kulli shay-in, Allahu Akbaru mil-a kulli shay-in

 

Answer

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once passed by Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) who was making dhikr. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then advised him to recite the dhikr mentioned above. [As the reward is far greater].

 

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this version of the Hadith. ‘Allamah Mundhiri and ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahumallah) have stated, ‘Imam Tabarani has recorded this narration with two chains, one of them is sound (hasan).’

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8122, Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 440, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 93)

 

See Targhib for other versions of this narration recorded by Imams Nasai, Ahmad, Ibn Khuzaymah (rahimahumullah).

(Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 440)

 

Arabic text of the Hadith:

عن أبي أمامة قال: خرج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وأنا جالس أحرك شفتي، فقال: بم تحرك شفتيك؟ قلت: أذكر الله يا رسول الله. فقال: ألا أخبرك بشيء إذا قلته، ثم دأبت الليل والنهار لم تبلغه؟ قلت: بلى، فقال: تقول الحمد لله عدد ما أحصى كتابه، والحمد لله عدد ما في كتابه، والحمد لله عدد ما أحصى خلقه، والحمد لله على ما في خلقه، والحمد لله ملء سماواته وأرضه، والحمد لله عدد كل شيء، والحمد لله ملء كل شيء،

وتسبح مثل ذلك وتكبر مثل ذلك

 

And Allah Ta’la Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar