I would like to ask some doubt on the “Tasbih” which is performed in end of every four rakahs of taravih prayers in the month of Ramadan.. They do tasbih right from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to Caliph Ali (RA). I would like to know that there’s any supportive evidence to the activities in the Hadith or it leads us to do the bida’h? Please clarify my doubt.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 479/479/SD=09/1436)

We could not find the prevalent tasbih which is read after completing four rakah taravih. However, we did find some tasbih with the same wordings in some Fiqh books:

سُبْحَانَ ذِي الْمُلْكِ وَالْمَلَكُوتِ ، سُبْحَانَ ذِي الْعِزَّةِ وَالْعَظَمَةِ وَالْقُدْرَةِ وَالْكِبْرِيَاءِ وَالْجَبَرُوتِ ، سُبْحَانَ الْمَلِكِ الْحَيِّ الَّذِي لَا يَمُوتُ ، سُبُّوحٌ قُدُّوسٌ رَبُّ الْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالرُّوحِ ، لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ نَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ ، نَسْأَلُك الْجَنَّةَ وَنَعُوذُبِك مِنْ النَّارِ. (شامي: 2/497، البحرالرائق، 2/122، تبيين الحقائق: 1/462)

It is not wajib or necessary to read this tasbih. One may also read other dhikr etc except it.

قال الحصكفي: ويخيرون بين تسبيح وقراءة وسكوت وصلاة فرادى – (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار: 2/496 ، حلبي كبير، ص: 404)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband