Is this Hadith authentic and what are the best words to praise Allah and glorify Him?
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told us, that the best words a slave can utter after the Qur’an are the words of praise and glory.
The Hadith you are referring to is as follows:
Sayyiduna Samurah ibn Jundub (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The best statement after Quran -and these words are part of the Quran- are four. It does not matter which one you begin with; Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaha illallah, Allahu Akbar.”
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 20)
‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable (rijaluhu rijalus sahih).
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 88)
The Hadith clearly explains which words to utter. Other Hadiths explain that these words are the most beloved to Allah.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2137. Also see: Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3811)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
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