Benefits of Tasbih
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I have some doubts in my mind and would appreciate if you will please clarify.
2. Can you let me know the reason for doing tasbee 33 times each after every farz.
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Benefits of Tasbih
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
May Allah Subhanah reward you with the best of this world and the Hereafter for your kind comments of encouragement for our humble efforts in the propagation of the Truth. If we are able to get even one person closer to his/her Creator with our humble efforts, we will consider ourselves the most fortunate people on this planet earth. We humbly hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accepts our humble and weak efforts, forgives us our shortcomings, and saves you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.
Your Question: Can you let me know the reason for doing tasbee 33 times each after every farz.
Dear and Beloved brother in Islam, Allah has commanded the believers, who sincerely look forward to Allah and the Last Day, to follow the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws) in all facets of our life! Thus the reason for worshipping and glorifying Allah Subhanah in a particular manner, is because it was done and taught by the person who best worshipped Allah Subhanah, the Noble Messenger of Allah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws).
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21:There is indeed the best example for you to follow, in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.
And especially in the rites of worship, it is absolutely imperitive that we do only what was done, taught, and approved by the noble Messenger of Allah (saws). No human being who ever walked on this planet earth, worshipped Allah Subhanah better or more than the person of the noble Messenger of Allah (saws). Thus, if he (saws) did it or approved it, we may do it without hesitation; but if the Messenger of Allah (saws) never did or approved of an act of worship, it does not behove the believer, who sincerely believes in Allah Subhanah and the Last Day, to do so!
Sahih Muslim Hadith 1243 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: If anyone extols Allah (Subhan-Allah) after every prayer thirty-three times, and praises Allah (Alhamdolillah) thirty-three times, and declares His Greatness (Allah-o-Akbar) thirty-three times, ninety-nine times in all, and say to complete a hundred: "There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty, and to Him is all praise due, and He is Potent over everything," his sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.344 Narrated by Hadrat Ali ibn Abi Taalib (r.a.)
Fatima complained of what she suffered from the hand mill and from grinding, when she got the news that some slave girls of the booty had been brought to the Messenger of Allah (saws) . She went to him to ask for a maid-servant, but she could not find him, and told 'Aisha of her need. When the Prophet (saws) came, 'Aisha informed him of that. The Prophet (saws) came to our house when we had gone to our beds. (On seeing the Prophet (saws)) we were going to get up, but he (saws) said, 'Keep at your places,' I felt the coolness of the Prophet's feet on my chest. Then he (saws) said, "Shall I tell you a thing which is better than what you asked me for? When you go to your beds, say: 'Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is Greatest)' for 34 times, and 'Alhamdu Lillah (i.e. all the praises are for Allah)' for 33 times, and Subhan Allah (i.e. Glorified be Allah) for 33 times. This is better for you than what you have requested."
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,