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Wording of the thana in Janazah Salah

Question

Are the words ‘Jalla thana-uka’ which are added in the thana of Janazah Salah, found in any Hadith? I have come across these words in a narration of Musnadul Firdaws.

 

Answer

I have not come across the words ‘Jalla thana-uka’ as part of any Hadith which discusses the thana that is recited in Salah or Janazah Salah.

These words appear in Musnadul Firdaws, as you have mentioned. However, the following should be noted:

1) This narration is not discussing thana. It merely mentions that these words are the most beloved to Allah Ta’ala. The wording of the narration is as follows:

إن من أحب الكلام إلى الله عز وجل أن يقول العبد سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك وتبارك اسمك وتعالى جدك وجل ثناؤك ولا إله غيرك…

On the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu): “Certainly among the most beloved of words to Allah is when a person says, ‘Subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika wa tabrakas muka wa ta’ala jadduka wa jalla thana-uka wa la ilaha ghayruka…'”

(Musnadul Firdaws, Hadith: 819)

 

2) This exact narration also appears in ‘Amalul Yawmi Wal Laylah of Imam Nasai and Shu’abul Iman of Imam Bayhaqi on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) without the words ‘wa jalla thana-uka.’

(‘Amalul Yawmi Wal Laylah, Hadith: 849 -As Sunanul Kubra, Hadith: 10619, and Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 621. Also see here)

 

3) Having said the above, it does not mean that these words are totally unfounded as the recital for the Janazah salah. All it says is that I was unable to source them as such.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar