Tasbihs in Ruku and Sajdah

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Tasbihs in Ruku Sajdah


In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

It is a sunnah of the salah that a person recites “Subhana Rabiyal Azeem” three times in ruku and “Subhana Rabiyal Alaa” three times in the sajdah position. (Raddul Muhtar p.197 v.2)

Saaiduna Abdullah Ibn Masud raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said “When one of you bows he should say three times ‘Subhana Rabiyal Azeem’ and when he prostrates, he should say ‘Subhana Rabiyal Alaa’ three times.  This is the minimum number.”   (Sunan Abi Dawud p.134 v.1)

It is sunnah to say the tasbih three times and to read less than that or to completely leave it out is Makruh Tanzihi.  It is desirable to increase the number of tasbih if one is praying by oneself.  If one is an Imam, he should refrain from reciting extra to show leniency to those who are praying behind him.   (Raddul Muhtar p.198 v.2)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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