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Salat ut-Tasbeeh

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Did you know there is a special salat, aside from the regular five and their nawaafil, that brings great forgiveness from Allah? It is called Salat-ut-Tasbeeh.

It is recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud and other books of hadith that Rasulullah (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam once said to his uncle Hadrat `Abbas (r.a.) :

O Abbas! O my uncle! Shall I not give you a gift? Shall I not show you something by means of which Allah Ta`ala will forgive your sins, the first and the last of them, the past and recent, the unintentional and the intentional, the small and huge, the secret and open?

Rasulullah (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) then taught him the Salah al-Tasbih. Furthermore he advised him that it be offered daily, if possible. If not then every Friday or once a month or once a  year or at least once in one's life time.

Salah al-Tasbih consists of 4 raka`at. It can be performed any time of the day or night except at the makruh times.

The following tasbih is recited seventy-five times in each rak`ah totalling 300 in the 4 raka`at.

Subhaanallaahi walhamdu lillaahi walaa ilaaha illallaahu wallaahu akbar

The method of this salah is as follows:

  • After beginning the salah by saying Allah-u-Akbar recite the thana ', then Sura al-Fatiha and any Sura followed by the above tasbih 15 times.
  • Then go into Ruku and after reciting the usual tasbih for ruku` recite the above tasbih 10 times.
  • After standing up from ruku` recite the usual Rabbana Lakal Hamd and thereafter recite the tasbih 10 times.
  • Then go into Sajda and after reciting the usual tasbih for sajda recite the above tasbih 10 times.
  • Then sit up from sajda and recite the tasbih 10 times between the two sajdas.
  • Thereafter go into sajda again and after reciting the usual tasbih for sajda recite the above tasbih 10 times.
  • Then sit after the 2nd sajda (i.e. before standing up for the second rak`ah) and recite the tasbih 10 times.

This adds up to 75 times in one rak`ah. Do the same for the remaining 4 raka`at.

Special notes for Salat-Ul-Tasbih (according to IslamicAcademy.org):

1) Do not count loudly. It will break Salah.

2) Do not count on fingers or by holding a Bead Tasbih in hand. It is Makruh.

3) You may count by pressing the fingers as a reminder. For example if you are in Ruku. You may press pinky of your right hand first for the first count, then the finger next to it for second count, then the middle finger for third count, following this method untill you reach the pinky of left hand will give you an exact count of ten. Use the same method in Qayam, Sajdah and Jalsa.

4) If missed a count then make it up in the next posture. For example if forgot to recite Tasbih after Surah in Qayam. Then you may recite Tasbish 20 times instead of 10 in Rukuh after "Subhaana Rabbiyal Azeem". Missed Tasbih cannot be recited in Qayam after ruku and Jalsa between Sajdah. If you missed the Tasbih in Ruku then recite 20 in the first Sajdah instead of the Qayam after rukuh. Similarly if missed the Tasbih in first Sajdah then do not make it up in Jalsa. Instead recite missed tasbih in the second Sajdah. If Tasbih has been missed in last sajdah of second or fourth Rakah then you can recite the missed ones before Attahiyat in Qaidah.

5) If you miss a wajib in Salah and have to do Sajdah Sahaw. You dont have to recite Tasbih in Sajdah sahoo, since the 300 count has been estalished. But if you had missed Tasbih in any of the postures and remeber it now. Then you may recite the missed Tasbih in Sajdah Sahaw now.

6) It is preferable to recite after Surah Fatiha Sura Takathuur in the first raka’, Surah Wal A’sr in the second raka’, Surah Kaferoon (qul ya aiyuhal Kafiroon) in the third and Surah Akhlas (Qul hu Allah-hu ahd) in the fourth raka’. If one does not remember these surah they can recite the ones they prefer.

Is it Authentic?

According to Moulana Muhammad ibn Moulana Haroon Abassommar, the ruling regarding Salat-ut-Tasbeeh is that it is permissible and, in fact, very meritorious.

The Hadith in question has been accepted as Sahih (authentic) or Hasan (sound) by various eminent Masters of Hadith. Those that claimed that it was weak did so on the basis of a few chains of the narration. However, if all the various chains be gathered, there will remain no doubt as to its authenticity.

Hafiz ibn Hajar (RA) mentions the Hadith of Salat-ut-Tasbeeh and he accepts it to be in fact either Sahih (authentic) or Hasan (sound) and not Dha'eef (weak). (Ibid)

Imaam Tirmidhi (RA) says that many Ulama, among them Imaam Abdullah ibn al-Mubaarak (RA), have accepted the virtue of Salat-ut-Tasbeeh. (Tirmidhi vol.2 pg.348; Hadith 481)

Imaam Bayhaqi (RA) states that ' Salat-ut-Tasbeeh was the practice of Abdullah ibn al-Mubaarak and may pious predecessors of various eras. And this in fact lends strength to its acceptability.' (Shu'ubul Imaam vol.1 pg.427; Ilmiyyah)

Many other famous Islamic scholars have performed Salat ut-Tasbeeh as well.

And Allah Ta'alaa knows best.

 

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  1. Salam, Br. Wael
    Since you were kind enough to put this post up, can you also post up the correct method for tajhajjud salat. I am very confused - my mom always taught me to do witr as part of Ishaa and then 2 units nafil with "neeah of tahajjaud after witr" knowing that I may not wake up for tahajjud, so I could get benefit of tahajjud that way. The websites/books I have looked at, make witr a part of tahajjud AND also make it very complicated
    http://www.duas.org/tahajjud.htm

    ....so I am very confused.

    Also, I recently learnt about "salat e wehshat e qabr" from a friend bec I mentioned to her taht I am terrified more of the punishment of the grave than actual hell fire, as I believe (hopefully!!) that I have not committed any major sins in my life to go to hell for eternity - though I could definitely improve in doing my 5 daily prayers - and she told me pray this salah. I have never heard of it.

    thanks

    • Wa alaykum as-salam,

      For authentic information, check the Fiqh us-Sunnah chapter on Salat al-Witr:

      http://www.ymsite.com/books/fiqhussunnah/fus2_13.html

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

      • Great website you posted there Wael. Maybe a good idea to create a permanent link on IslamicAnswers.com.

        SisterZ
        IslamicAnswers.com Editor

      • The answer to my questions is incomplete: This only talks about witr prayer, not tahajjud prayer and you did not answer about the salat wehshat e qabr. thanks.

        • Assalam'alaykum,

          Basically, salat al Tahajjud is best to be prayed at the third part of the night. So, after Isha, go to sleep and wake up around 30-60 minutes before Fajr salah and perform the Tahajjud salah.

          Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family,and companions) was asked, "What prayer is most virtuous, after the obligatory prayers?" He said, "Prayer in the depths of the night". [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa'i, Ibn Majah]

          Abd Allah ibn Salam (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family,and companions) said, "O people! Spread the salams, feed others, maintain family ties, and pray at night when others sleep and you will enter Heaven safely." [Tirmidhi, Hakim]

          Allah said: "Those who show patience, Firmness and self-control; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly;who spend (in the way of Allah); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning. ( Quran 3:17)

          "And pray in the small watches of the morning: (it would be) an additional prayer (or spiritual profit) for thee: soon will thy Lord raise thee to a Station of Praise and Glory!"(Quran 17:79)

          and regarding the " Wehshat e qabr ", it seem as though it is a prayer in the Shia sect. It is to be offered after a person has passed away. This prayer "Wehshat" has no basis in Quran and sunnah, therefore it has to be avoided and ignored.

          • Also brother and sister, i was reminded that I should be doing salat that was missed, called qazay Umree. Correct me and add further. Thanks...Naseem

    • If you belong to the mainstream Islam ( Sunni ), then " http://www.duas.org " is not for you. It is a pro-shia website. Do not learn Islam from it.

      • They are Muslim brother, I love any sura that praises Allah Subhan hu Taallah and His Gloryness including Prophet, Rasool Allah Wa Sallam. We are not Sunni, but follower of Rasool Allah Mohammad Salay Allah Wa Sallim, wa Barik Aleh. We are all Muslim. No Division. we are not Sunni or Shia. some will ask me : who sect are you....My answer would be I am only MUSLIM,
        LA ILAHA ILLALLahu Muhammadur Rasoolallah.

  2. As of what i know and have heard from sheikhs on Huda Tv..they have said Salat ul tasbeeh is considered an innovation because the chain of narrations is weak..and only one companion mentioned it..What are we to do if scholars keep having different stances on Issues like these?? who am i to believe????

  3. according to some ulema it is something that shud b done on regular basis as the hadith is hasan

    but again according some other ulema it is an innovation and hence a biddah and shud not be done.

    my feelings on this issue are that if something like this was so good then y was it not prescribed to be done once every day or more to the point y was it not given to the holy Prophet (sws) with other prayers and y the saying that it shud be done on a weekly or monthly or yearly or once in a lifetime basis?

    the best thing that can be said about this as some ulema also hold this view is that it's ok to do it if one feels like doing it ( ie. mustahab) act but getting people to do it and spreading the rumours of it enabling forgiveness for one is tantamount to letting people at large ignoring the 5 daily prayers. it's human nature to take the easy way. people will think that if they do this and not 5 regular prayers then that will be ok and before u know it will lead masses to think along the same lines and hence to ignorance and hell.

    logic will tell u that the holy Prophet (sws) wud not have prescribed something so volentary that wud have had so much effect that it will wipe off all one's sins! also it goes against the normal way of praying fardh salah.

    I think that it's another one of those innovations by shias and brelvis among others. these are the ones who look for short cuts in everything like the jews did.

    May ALLAH guide us all and save us from innovations.

    • Good Opinion brother..Thats how i feel too. JazakAllah u Khairan!

    • Salam brother,
      y do we often get into this argument if its an authentic hadeeth or how many numer of ulemas recommend it? Brother Allah (swt) doest not need our prayers he only counts the efforts we put in and the emotion behind it. No prayer can work as a substitute for the 5 times of fardh salah and every muslim knows that.

      • Apple Green, Allah Is free from all needs, but we are in need of what He Has Legislated. Sahih Hadith is from what He Legislated. Authenticity separates legislation from lies and imperfection of human beings. Daeef (weak) hadith can be a result of weak memory on part of a narrator. Fabricated ones are lies that the hypocrites spread among the Muslims. A Sahih Hadit leads to the Rasool Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam by its chain, without any flaw in the chain of narration.

        For this reason, it is important to know which hadith is sahih and which is not, in order to Worship Allah correctly, as He Ordered us to, though He Is not in need of any.

        Abu Abdul Bari
        IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  4. assalaam alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh, what time do i need to recite 10times tasbih; after attahiyyatu or before attahiyyatu. JAZAAKALLAH

    • Walekum Salam Wa Rehmatullahi wa barakathu. While sitting at tashahud, say the attahiyyat, then say 10 tasbih, the tasbeh is to be said after completing the normal recitations. And Allah knows best.

      • Actually, it is 33, 33, 34 time.
        1-Subhanallah 33 time
        2-Alhamdulillah 33 time
        3-Allahu Akbar 34 time.
        Prophet Mohammad Sallay Allah Wa Sallam told his wife( Rahmatallah) other wise complete Kalma.................is
        Subhanallah WalHamdulillah wa La Ilaha illah wala hu Akbar. ( least 10 time.)
        also...... said further that this done ..........further if you wanted....

        1-Subhanallah Wal Hamdulillah wa La Ilaha illah wala hu Akbar.
        2-Astaghfirullah azim ul lazi la ilaha illa huwal hayu Qaume wa toob iilh.
        3. Allah humma sallay ala Muhammadin wa barack wasalam
        And make all your wishes.

  5. Amazing how anyone can say Salat al Tasbeeh is a bid'ah when it has clearly been narrated through a Sahih or Hasan Hadith. And furthermore, was clearly supported by Imam ibn Hajar, Imam Bayhaqi and many others.

    In regards to why it wasn't then made fardh, Allah and His Messenger know best! There are so many beneficial nawafil which have not been made obligatory; maybe for the convenience of the believers so it wouldn't become difficult for them. Nawafil is there for those who want to implement further effort and ibadaah.

    For all those genuinely interested, pray Salat al Tasbeeh and discover the beautiful peace which results therefrom. May Allah forgive us all.

  6. someone said to me that if I do 100 000 times Ya ALLAH, Ya Allah , in 7 days then My duas will be fulfiled I did that 200 000 and i did both in 10 days..
    what was the reason for my dua was to reach to my goal, but It seems like I did not reached to my goal... It may be cause Allah prepared something else for me.. I trust ALLah So I did not lost hope.. IM still praying even if What I wanted was not gived to me.. I will never stop believing in him....
    but in day I did this fua in my dream..
    I dreamed that I am having tasbeeh in my hand and saying YA ALLAH, YA ALLAH

    • This is not true. Whoever has told you that has lied, except if he or she can prove it with an Aayah or a Hadith.

      Apart from this, dreams maybe from Allah or even from Shaitaan, or maybe just a reflection of your daily life.

      Dreams do not become a proof for you to act.

      Yer you can remember Allah, instead of just repeating Ya Allah, accompany it with a Dua. Say "Ya Allah, Forgive all my sins" or a similar Dua. The act of repeating Ya Allah is not something proven.

      Muhammad Waseem
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

    • This is false.

      Once someone told me if I read surah Jinn 40 times after 12 am for 10 days, I'll be able to see jinn. Some other said, If I recite (one of Allah's name ) some million times and I'll be rich, while some said, go shrine, ask from the dead to help and prayers will be answered etc etc all these numberings and jokes are nothing but superstitious beliefs. It has no basis in Islam and an innovation.

      Just do the normal dhikr, pray, make du'as, nag Allah etc, insha'Allah your prayers will be answered.

  7. You right! Thank u for the help... 🙂

  8. Old post i know but link may be worth a read

    http://islamqa.com/en/ref/145112

  9. DEAR CONCERN

    SLAMALYKUM WA REHMAT ALLAH E WA BRAKATAHOU

    MY DEAR , ARE WE AS MUSLIM ABADONDEND TO READ MODERN SCIENCES ?

  10. Nobody is there to answer my question ?
    Are we abondned to read modern scince's ? why we are leavig people confused on different subjects like oral sex ! why dont we refer medical science , where in Qurhan e kareem ALLAH subhana say , its a must that
    every men and women should study , does it means only Quran and sunna ? and not mathamatics , phisics and biology is prohabited ? i msut say that we are on wrong track and not able to answer , people who are confused , is this the way we spread islam ? saying that oral sex was not practiced in the regeme of Mohammed (peace and blessing be upon him ) thats why you can not say any thing about this , means the oral sex , now read the chemical composition of the sperm you will find out what harful chemical its contained , if somebody has small cut in her or his mouth this can spread HIV or some other reation damaging human health , any thing which affect your body and sole ,its haram !!!!!!!!!! at this junture i request all my muslim brothers and sister to improwise there knowledge and then understand islam and our creator almighty ALLAH.
    Let me add all sciences and every thing created by Allah , people who explore this now flying planes , leaving the sky lab in space and etc, what we are doing ? just cofused ?. thease lines are specially for sister ANNA whos husband pushing his desire for oral sex , just forgive me if i am wrong

  11. When is best time to pray this salat plz reply me ASAP anyone..also do I read atahatu amd durood also Salam after I finish 2raka like normal player

    • Assalamu'alaikum,

      I don't think there is any prescribed time for Salat at Tasbih. You can do it at any time except the prohibited times such as the time after 'Asr and after sunrise (i.e. around 10-20 minutes after the sun rises). The salah is just like any other salah, with the addition of the adhkaar (Subhanallahi Walhamdu Lillahi Wa Lailaha Illallahu Wallahu Akhbar) in each rukn.

      Abu Abdul Bari
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

      • But brother I read it some where that "After second Sajdah of Second Rakat sit in Qaidah Oola (first sitting) read Attahiyat, Durood and Dua then get up for 3rd rakaat without saying Salam.
        Begin third Rakat, just like the first Rakat, with Sana "Subhaana Kallahumma...", read the above tasbih 15 times. Follow the rest as you did in first Rakat untill you sit for Qaidah Akihra (last sitting) after second sajdah of fourth Rakah.
        In Qaidah Akihra Attahiyat, Durood, Dua finish Salah with Salam."

        http://www.islamicacademy.org/html/Articles/English/Salat_Tasbih.htm

        Plz clear me I also wanted to do this salat before ramadan

      • Can any one guide me please?

  12. What school of fiqh would consider this haram?

  13. M confused if anyone comment the admin aproves it but don't reply on it? Why?

  14. Assalam o alaikum brother ..
    i m pareesa .. nd a mother f a three month baby boy masha allah 🙂 i want to pray salat ul tasbih but the baby sometimes wakes up in the middle is there any way i can continuous my prayer after responding to the baby's cry ... as it is a nafali prayer .. can i , in the middle of the sallah do slam respond to the baby and wen the goes back to sleep continuous with the the salah .. please respond to my query kindly 🙂

    • pareesa, have you tried holding the baby while you pray? Or, if you have a rocker, rocking it with your foot or hand while you pray?

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

      • can i do that ??? please tell me the correct procedure to pray while holding the baby ... i ll b relly thank full 🙂

  15. I want to know the whole procedure

  16. I wanna pray evey day because my sin is haunting me n shaytan still motivating to follow his track .. annother question in niyah is it compulsary that performing sunnah

  17. Assalamualaikum All

    I have a confusion. I heard that to say Tasbih 15 time after thana and after second sajada just stand for second rakah and then say tasbeeh for 15 time.

    http://www.islamicacademy.org/html/Articles/English/Salat_Tasbih.htm

    Jazakallah Khairn

  18. Most of the time ,I become upset thats why I want to read tasbi.can you make me sure what should I read,

  19. AOA I have a question m really confused as someone told me that we can only offer Salat ul tasbih till 12 noon or before Friday zuhar azan..please guide me about the timings of this namaz

  20. Does Salat ul Tasbih forgive the sin of drinking alchohol ? Plz help me n its not been 40 days yet

    • ASSALAM -O-ALIKUM

      Dear brother ALI i am not IMAM or an Islamic teacher i am just student, after reviewing your statement
      I just want to say that ALLAH SUBHANAWATALAH was very kind and insha ALLAH you will be forgiven by ALLAH but the thing is that you have to, regret the above mentioned sin(alcohol). Remember me in your prayers.

      ALLAH hafiz .

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