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Hadith encouraging the recital of Tasbih, Tahlil and Taqdis

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What is the meaning of ‘taqdis‘ in the following Hadith?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘Hold fast to At-Tasbih, At-Tahlil, and At-Taqdis, and count them upon the fingertips, for indeed they shall be questioned, and they will be made to speak. And do not become heedless, so that you forget about the Mercy (of Allah)’.


This Hadith is recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1496 and other sources with slight variations in the wording.

‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has declared it sound (hasan)
(Al-Adhkar, hadith: 29)


1. The words: ‘Hold fast to At-Tasbih’ mean: to frequently recite ‘Subhanallah’ or something similar. (See number 3)

2. ‘At-Tahlil’ means: to recite ‘La ilaha illallah’

3. And ‘At-Taqdis’ means: to recite words like: ‘Subhanal Malikil Quddus’ or ‘Subbuhun Quddusun’

(Note: these 2 phrases incorporate ‘At-Tasbih’ and ‘At-Taqdis’)

(Al-Manhalul ‘Adhbul Mawrud, Sharh Sunan Abi Dawud, vol.8 pg.165 & Sharhul Adhkar, vol.1 pg.185)


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Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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