Hadith Islam

The Four Chosen Sentences


A very beautiful hadith,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَى مِنَ الْكَلَامِ أَرْبَعًا سُبْحَانَ

اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ

أَكْبَرُ فَمَنْ قَالَ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ كُتِبَ لَهُ

عِشْرُونَ حَسَنَةً وَحُطَّتْ عَنْهُ عِشْرُونَ

سَيِّئَةً وَمَنْ قَالَ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ مِثْلُ ذَلِكَ وَمَنْ

قَالَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ مِثْلُ ذَلِكَ وَمَنْ قَالَ

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ مِنْ قِبَلِ نَفْسِهِ

كُتِبَتْ لَهُ ثَلَاثُونَ حَسَنَةً وَحُطَّتْ عَنْهُ بِهَا

ثَلَاثُونَ سَيِّئَةً

Surely Allah has chosen four sentences from all speech – 1) Subhan Allah 2) Alhamdulillah 3) La ilaha il-lal-lah 4) Allahu Akbar. So whoever says ‘Subhan Allah’, twenty good deeds are written for him/her and twenty bad deeds are omitted from his/her account. And likewise for ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘La ilaha il-lal-lah’. And whoever sincerely says ‘Alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen’ thirty good deeds are written for him/her and thirty bad deeds are omitted from his/her account.

[Reported in Musnad Imam Ahmad]

The four chosen sentences:

1) Subhan Allah – Allah is far and free from all imperfections.

2) Alhamdulillah – All possible praises are for Allah.

3) La ilaha il-lal-lah – There is absolutely no object/deity worthy of any act of worship except Allah.

4) Allahu Akbar – Allah is the greatest.


By Aarij Anwer

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One reply on “The Four Chosen Sentences”

Al-Hamdu Lillah … ( a reply hadith from Sahih Muslim)

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying Allah has mobile (squads) of angels, who have no other work (to attend to but) to follow the assemblies of Dhikr and when they find such assemblies in which there is Dhikr (of Allah) they sit in them and some of them surround the others with their wings till the space between them and the sky of the world is fully covered, and when they disperse (after the assembly of Dhikr is adjourned) they go upward to the heaven and Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them although He is best informed about them: Where have you come from? They say: We come from Thine servants upon the earth who had been glorifying Thee (reciting Subhan Allah), uttering Thine Greatness (saying Allah o-Akbar) and uttering Thine Oneness (La ilaha ill Allah) and praising Thee (uttering al-Hamdu Lillah) and begging of Thee. Be would say: What do they beg of Me? They would say: They beg of Thee the Paradise of Thine. He (God) would say: Have they seen My Paradise? They said: No, our Lord. He would say: (What it would be then) if they were to see Mine Paradise? They (the angels) said: They seek Thine protection. He (the Lord) would say: Against what do they seek protection of Mine? They (the angels) would say: Our Lord, from the Hell-Fire. He (the Lord) would say: Have they seen My Fire? They would say: No. He (the Lord) would say: What it would be if they were to see My Fire? They would say: They beg of Thee forgiveness. He would say: I grant pardon to them, and confer upon them what they ask for and grant them protection against which they seek protection. They (the angels) would again say: Our Lord, there is one amongst them such and such simple servant who happened to pass by (that assembly) and sat there along with them (who had been participating in that assembly). He (the Lord) would say: I also grant him pardon, for they are a people the seat-fellows of whom are in no way unfortunate.
Muslim :: Book 35 : Hadith 6505

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