Salat-ul Tasbih: Method and Rewards
Salat-ul Tasbih is one of the many beautiful gifts passed on by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to his ummah. Not only does it erase your sins completely, but also helps you build a close and personal connection with Allah.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) one day said to his uncle, Abbas (RA):
“Oh Uncle, shall I not give you, shall I not grant you, shall I not award you, shall I not do mercy on you; When you do ten things Allah will forgive your sins, of future and of past, new and old, those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly, big and small, hidden and revealed.” Then he (PBUH) taught him the way to pray Salat ul Tasbih and said to offer this salah once a day. If not once a day then every Friday, and even if this not possible then once a month, and even if this is not possible then once a year, and even if this is not possible then at least once in a lifetime. (Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi).
Method of Salat ul Tasbih:
This salah is performed in four Raka’at at a time and can be offered in any part of the day and night besides the Makrooh times of sunrise and sunset. However, it is preferred before Dhuhr prayer. The tasbih for this salah is:
“Subhaan Allahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaha illal Laahu Wallahu Akbar“
“All Glory and Perfection is to Allah, All praise is to Allah, there is no god but Allah, Allah is the Greatest”
- After starting the Salah and reciting Sana, recite this tasbih 15 times.
- After reciting Surah Fatiha and another Surah, recite this tasbih 10 times.
- During Rukuh, after saying prescribed glorifications, recite the tasbih 10 times.
- After standing up from Rukuh, recite the tasbih 10 times.
- In the first Sajda after glorifications, recite the tasbih 10 times.
- In the Jalsa (between the Sajda) recite the tasbih 10 times.
- Again recite the tasbih 10 times in the second sajdah.
Repeat this procedure for all four Rak’at of the salah to complete the count of the tasbih to 300. It is important to take the following considerations into mind while performing this salah:
- Do not count loudly.
- Do not count on fingers or using a tasbih.
- It is recommended to count by gently pressing the fingers as a reminder.
- If a count is missed in any position, make up for it in the next posture.
- Try to keep the mind as focused on the Dhikr as possible. Slowly but eventually, the tasbih will start melting your heart during the salah, and give you an unprecedented spiritual experience.
- Since the tasbih is about praising Allah and His blessings, it is a good practice to keep reminding yourself of His blessings and favors as you recite the tasbih.