|Authentic Supplications of the Prophet
Supplication in the Prayer and after the Tashahud (110)
| It is reported of the Messenger of Allah
that he said: "Two qualities, or attributes, no Muslim would mantain
them except that he would enter Paradise, and they are easy yet few
people mantain them: To make tasbeeh of Allah [for example saying
after each salãt ten times, to make tahmeed of Him [for
example, saying Al-hamdu lil-lãhi(132)
ten times, and to declare His greatness [for example saying
ten times. That would add up to one hundred and fifty [merits,
counting all five prayers] by the tongue, and one thousand five hundred
in the balance. And to make takbeer 34 times when he has gone
to bed, tahmeed 33 times, and tasbeeh 33 times. That
would add up to one hundred by the tongue, and one thousand in the
He said, for I have seen the Messenger of Allah
count them with his hand(134).
They asked O' Messenger of Allah! How is it that this is such an
easy thing, yet those that practice it are so few? He said: "He
comes to you - meaning shaytãn when ready to sleep - and
makes him fall asleep before saying [the above mentioned remembrance
of Allah], and he comes to him iat prayer time and reminds him of
things that he needs so as to make him hurry off before saying [the
above mentioned remembrance of Allah]."
(131) Glory be to Allãh.
(132) All praise be to Allãh.
(133) Allah is greater [than
(134) Note that this is a reference
to a single hand. Abu Dawood's narration which is of sound ascription
adds that "he would count them with his right hand". Counting
with both hands is thus inconsistent with the Sunnah. Example uses
of the right hand are in offering people things, accepting things
from others, shaking hands, eating, and drinking. Example uses of
the left hand are in blowing one's nose, holding something dirty,
washing after use of the rest-room, and touching the private parts.
Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi, and An-Nisã'ee. Al-Albãni
mentioned a report by Abu Dawood saying that the Prophet
used to count them with his right hand, that it was of sound ascription
in his view, and that An-Nawawi said it was comely in his Al-Athkãr.
Al-Albãni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good
Sayings as #93.
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