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Repeating tasbih ruku 15 times

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)



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Dear Brother,



I read your recent mail on some prayers called 'thum washeq' and was impressed by your answer. I always have difficulty in trying to explain to certain people why innovation in prayer is not accepted. It would seem that the more you pray the closer you are  to Allah, and indeed so, if it is in the way shown to us by our beloved Prophet (SAW). You have given a simple and valid reason, may Allah reward you for your work, Amin.

I  wanted to ask you if the prayers in which we read Subhana rabbil adheem 15 times in each ruku & Subhana rabbil a'la 15 times in each sajda, are correct? I have forgotten the name of this particular prayer which is said on Layl-a-til Qadar. Please confirm if this was indeed shown to us by Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Is this the 'thum washeq' read by bohris? Please clarify.


Thank you,

A sister


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Tasbih in ruku

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


To recite Subhanah Rabbe Al-Adheem and Subhanah Rabbe Al-Aala in the rukooh and sajdah postures in the salaat is proven from the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws), but he (saws) did not specify the number of times these phrases are to be recited. They may be repeated any odd number of times, 1 or 3 or 5 or 7 ,etc.


The specific prayer that you have described seems to be the Salaat-ut-Tasbeeh. There seems to be a difference of opinion amongst the scholars of Islam regarding this prayer. There is indeed a narration by Iqrimah who reported from Ibn Abbaas that the Messenger of Allah (saws) taught this prayer, but the majority of the scholars of Islam have declared this narration weak and unacceptable. All the four schools of jurisprudence have not accepted this hadith as sahih (authentic), and have not included any note of this prayer Salaat ut-Tasbeeh in their teachings.


And Allah Alone Knows Best.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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