It is said that there is a statement that is light on the tongue, but heavy on your scale of good deeds, and that is “Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi”.
Many of us search for ways that we can use to earn the pleasure of Allah (ta’ala). We fast the month of Ramadan with sincerity, we observe our daily prayers, give charity and do our best to be good to people.
But what if there is something simpler than these, but with equal or even more rewards? Well, that thing is:
“Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi”
Of course, this does not mean that you should leave obligatory acts of worship and stick to just saying Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi, but I will share with you why this phrase is so important to us and tips on how to make it a part of you.
What really is “Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi”?
سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ
“Glory and praise is to Allah”
Look simple, right? But what are the benefits of saying it?
1. Forgiveness of Sins
In a hadith narrated by Abu Huraira, Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, “Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. (Bukhari)
So, even if you happen to have this unimaginable truckload of sins, which nobody can rightly say that they do not have, saying Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi is a way to have them all forgiven.
2. Earning Good Deeds
“We were with the Messenger of Allah (saw) when he asked, “Is anyone of you unable to earn a thousand good deeds?” One of those present asked: “How can one earn thousand good deeds in a day?” He (saw) replied, “By saying: Subhan Allah a hundred times, then one thousand good deeds will be recorded for him or one thousand sins will be blotted out from his record.” (Riyad as-Saliheen)
Imagine that for even saying part of the phrase “Subhan Allah” a hundred times, we get a thousand good deeds as rewards and a thousand sins are forgiven. So this means that even if you found it difficult to memorize the full phrase of Subhan Allah Wa Bihamdihi, saying half of it gets you a similar or equal reward.
You may also like to read: 7 Hidden Ways of Committing Shirk
3. A Means to Entering Jannah
The Prophet (saw) said, “For him who says: ‘Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),’ a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.” (Riyad as-Saliheen)
Imagine saying ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi a hundred times every day, and having a tree planted for you every time.
In another hadith, the Prophet (saw) said, “There are two expressions which are very easy for the tongue to say, but they are very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they are, ‘Subhan Allah Al- `Azim and ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.’” (Bukhari)
In one of the explanations of this hadith, it is said that a man will come on the day of judgement will a lot of sins that will tip his scale towards hell-fire. But as he is being judged, a paper will fall on the other side of the scale, and on it will be “Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi” and it will tip the person’s scale towards that of someone who will enter Jannah.
This phrase is light on our tongues, but bigger on our scale of deeds and every Muslim who desires to get multiple rewards, have their sins forgiven and admitted into paradise should say it as often as possible.
There was a companion called Rabi’ah bin Ka’b Al-Aslami who said that he used to spend the night in front of the room of the holy Prophet (saw), and that he would hear him saying:
“Subhan Allahi Rabbil ‘alamin (Glory is to Allah, the Lord of the worlds),” repeating that for a while, then he said: Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi (Glory and praise is to Allah).” (Ibn Majah)
If you are wondering how to say ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi’ 100 times during your busy day where you hardly have time to supplicate after salah, here are 20 times in a day where you can say it at least five times, and hit your target.
- When waking up. As soon as you open your eyes.
- After every salah (that’s at least 5 times in a day)
- Putting on your clothes
- Putting on your shoes
- As you lock the door of your house
- As you start the engine of your car or step on the bus or train or your bike. You know, as you start your journey.
- During commute. Fun challenge: how many times can you say ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi during your typical commute?
- When entering your destination- office, school, etc.
- While waiting for an appointment
- While shopping
- During school run
- In transit at the airport
- During your lunch break
- Before you unlock your phone to use it (we unlock our phones a lot during the day, right?)
- After every email you send in a day
- While waiting for a friend
- During house chores
- During a walk
- During your winding down time at the end of the day
- Before and after your exercise routine
You will notice that these activities are seemingly mundane things that we do every day. Imagine adding something of spiritual benefit to your worldly activities. If you utter “Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi” sincerely, not only will you be erasing your sins with every act you do, but you will also be getting massive rewards and filling up your Jannah garden if Allah (ta’ala) wills.
Related Video: 2 statements light on Tongue :Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan Allahil Azim By Mufti Menk